English Subtitles for How to Select and Change Colors in Photoshop



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today I'm<font color="#E5E5E5"> going to show you how to</font>

select and change colors in<font color="#E5E5E5"> Photoshop</font> hey guys and welcome to phlearn my name is aaron nace and you can find me on phlearn com where we make learning photoshop & photography fun and<font color="#E5E5E5"> I'm</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">excited about today's episode because</font>

it's<font color="#E5E5E5"> really simple but these techniques</font> you can use on just about any photo we're<font color="#E5E5E5"> going to show you how to select a</font> color in Photoshop and then how<font color="#CCCCCC"> to</font> dynamically change that color using a hue/saturation adjustment layer then

we're going to<font color="#E5E5E5"> come in and show you how</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">to use levels as well as a layer mask to</font> either turn off or on your color adjustments on different parts of the <font color="#E5E5E5">image and this is a perfect episode for</font> anyone who's taken a picture of

something and<font color="#E5E5E5"> wants to change the color</font> in<font color="#E5E5E5"> Photoshop all right let's go ahead</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">and jump into Photoshop so now</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> that</font> we're in<font color="#E5E5E5"> Photoshop we need a great way</font> to actually<font color="#E5E5E5"> select out different colors</font> so<font color="#CCCCCC"> I've chosen</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> an image that has is a</font>

large blue background and then these nice red elements so the<font color="#E5E5E5"> first thing we</font> need to do is make a selection out of one of<font color="#CCCCCC"> the colors we're</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> going to start</font> with<font color="#E5E5E5"> a blue background so we're going to</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">go to a new layers let's just go ahead</font>

and<font color="#E5E5E5"> create a</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> new layer and</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> I'm going to</font> go to select and then<font color="#E5E5E5"> down here to color</font> range select color range okay now this is<font color="#CCCCCC"> going to</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> bring up a dialog box let's</font> go ahead<font color="#CCCCCC"> and show you how</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> this</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> works so</font> here in the select color range dialogue

I've got a lot of options I<font color="#CCCCCC"> can choose</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">to select either my sampled colors we</font> can choose our Reds you can choose<font color="#CCCCCC"> your</font> yellows whatever color you want skin tones usually does a<font color="#E5E5E5"> pretty decent job</font> of selecting out skin tone as well which

is<font color="#E5E5E5"> very helpful but in this case I'm</font> going to select our sampled colors so <font color="#E5E5E5">sampled colors and now my choice</font> basically is to use these different eye droppers here to<font color="#CCCCCC"> actually choose the</font> color that we want to<font color="#E5E5E5"> sample so</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> I'm</font>

<font color="#CCCCCC">going to</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> click here on the background</font> layer now we can see with our selection preview here I have a few different options down here as well how I actually want<font color="#E5E5E5"> to see it gray scale is what I</font> prefer but you can also see black matte

white matte and a quick mask this is good basically just showing you different<font color="#E5E5E5"> ways of viewing this election</font> it's not actually changing the selection at all so I'm<font color="#E5E5E5"> going to stick to</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">grayscale and with gray scale selected</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">whatever's white becomes selected and</font> whatever's dark is not selected so I'm click on this background here but you can<font color="#E5E5E5"> see it's selected just about</font> everything so I need to bring what's called my fuzziness I need to bring this

down quite a bit so it's selecting everything but you're<font color="#E5E5E5"> going to</font> notice that it's<font color="#E5E5E5"> actually not selecting</font> some of the areas<font color="#E5E5E5"> of the background like</font> if I click on this<font color="#E5E5E5"> area the background</font> it selects that it's perfect but this

area is now not selected so I need to use this plus eyedropper tool so I've got the regular eyedropper the plus eyedropper and<font color="#E5E5E5"> the minus so if I click</font> on the plus eyedropper tool it's going <font color="#E5E5E5">to allow me</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> to select different areas of</font>

my<font color="#E5E5E5"> background and now I'm able to select</font> out my entire background you can see the entire background is in fact white which is going to be selected so<font color="#E5E5E5"> let's hit</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> OK</font> and now<font color="#CCCCCC"> our background is a selection so</font> that was the hard part now<font color="#E5E5E5"> all I have to</font>

do is add a hue/saturation adjustment layer so now<font color="#CCCCCC"> I'm</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> going to go up here to</font> layer we're<font color="#E5E5E5"> going to go down here to new</font> adjustment layer and I'm going to<font color="#E5E5E5"> go to</font> hue / saturation<font color="#CCCCCC"> okay hue / saturation</font> that's<font color="#E5E5E5"> okay and now it's going to load</font>

the selection that I had active into my hue saturation adjustment layer and now all I have to do is take<font color="#E5E5E5"> my hue slider</font> here and start moving this to the left to the right and we can see because I selected out my background now I'm free

to change it to whatever color i want i can change my saturation here as well if I want this to be you know a little bit less color I can go a little bit more color with it whatever I want I can do right<font color="#CCCCCC"> here with the hue saturation</font>

slider all right let's say we want<font color="#E5E5E5"> to</font> pull it I like a little<font color="#E5E5E5"> bit towards</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">green I think that's</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> actually pretty</font> nice so we're going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to turn</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> that off and</font> on and there we<font color="#E5E5E5"> go that's how we select</font> and change a color now we're going to<font color="#E5E5E5"> do</font>

the<font color="#CCCCCC"> same thing with the Reds so the</font> process here is basically the same as the background we're going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to create a</font> new<font color="#CCCCCC"> layer</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> I'm going</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> to go to select down</font> here to color range and then I'm just <font color="#E5E5E5">going to choose right here on her shirt</font>

that's going to select out all Reds now again<font color="#CCCCCC"> it looks like</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> I'm going to</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> need to</font> either bring up my fuzziness a little bit to select more or grab my plus eyedropper and that's going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to really</font> make sure that<font color="#CCCCCC"> I do a good job selecting</font>

out the Reds that<font color="#E5E5E5"> are in</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> my image now</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">sometimes you're going to get things</font> like you<font color="#CCCCCC"> know a little bit of hair or</font> whatever inside of<font color="#CCCCCC"> your selection most</font> of the time that's<font color="#E5E5E5"> okay because this</font> selection is going to<font color="#E5E5E5"> create a layer</font>

mask and you can always<font color="#E5E5E5"> make things</font> visible or invisible in layer mask and we're going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to be doing that in</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> the next</font> section<font color="#CCCCCC"> alright so that looks pretty</font> good we've got a nice area selected as long as it's not selecting the

background we're good<font color="#E5E5E5"> to go so we're</font> hit okay there we go you can see my selected selection is active now again we're going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to go to layer new</font> adjustment layer and hue saturation <font color="#E5E5E5">alright and now I'm going to do the</font>

exact<font color="#E5E5E5"> same thing just move my hue slider</font> to the left<font color="#CCCCCC"> or the right and it's going</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">to</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> change</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the colors of our</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> Reds so</font> we've changed the colors with one layer of our background and with another layer of our foreground colors really really

cool so if all you wanted to do was change a couple colors you are<font color="#CCCCCC"> good to</font> go<font color="#E5E5E5"> now in our next section we're going</font> to show you how<font color="#CCCCCC"> to refine these layer</font> masks a little bit and<font color="#E5E5E5"> how to include or</font> not include some<font color="#CCCCCC"> of these color changes</font>

on your<font color="#CCCCCC"> image</font> all right now it's time to adjust our layer mask so we can get<font color="#E5E5E5"> even more</font> control over the colors so we're going <font color="#E5E5E5">to go</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> ahead and</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> click on our first layer</font> here let's turn that off and we're going

to turn this hue saturation layer on where we changed the background now I'd <font color="#E5E5E5">like to zoom in and show you something</font> really quick here with our shoes if you hold alt or option and click<font color="#E5E5E5"> on any</font> layer mask it's going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to make it appear</font>

basically what it looks like in black and white<font color="#E5E5E5"> and remember white is visible</font> and black is not<font color="#E5E5E5"> visible now you can see</font> in this area we actually do<font color="#CCCCCC"> have some</font> white here around the shoes which means <font color="#CCCCCC">that this hue saturation layer is</font>

affecting what's going on here over the shoes and you may be tempted to paint that away invisible but I would encourage<font color="#CCCCCC"> you before you do that to look</font> at what the colors actually did in your image<font color="#E5E5E5"> so</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> if I make this invisible you</font>

can see there's actually a blue cast here on the side of<font color="#E5E5E5"> that shoe and the</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">reason is it's picking up some color</font> from<font color="#CCCCCC"> the background</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> so if I make this</font> visible it's going to<font color="#CCCCCC"> change some of</font> that color cast you can see it here in

<font color="#E5E5E5">the shoot it's going to change that some</font> of that color casts<font color="#CCCCCC"> to the green which</font> is going<font color="#CCCCCC"> to make it</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> look like it's</font> reflecting the background colors as well so by selecting<font color="#E5E5E5"> the color range it's</font> going to select all the colors in<font color="#E5E5E5"> there</font>

even<font color="#CCCCCC"> if there's a slight color cast so</font> sometimes it's going to be really really <font color="#E5E5E5">good let's say you only want these color</font> changes to be visible in one part of<font color="#E5E5E5"> the</font> image well we're going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to use our layer</font> mask to define<font color="#CCCCCC"> that so in this case we</font>

can see turning this layer off and on we're selecting out the shoes and the shirt which is perfect but I'm also changing the color of her lips<font color="#E5E5E5"> and a</font> little<font color="#E5E5E5"> bit of our hair now if I</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> take a</font> <font color="#CCCCCC">look at my layer mask I'm gonna hold alt</font>

or option click on my layer mask and you can see in fact we do have some white areas on the lips and<font color="#CCCCCC"> the hair so if you</font> don't<font color="#E5E5E5"> want those areas to be concluded</font> just grab<font color="#E5E5E5"> your brush tool paint black</font> right here on your layer mask so that's

all<font color="#E5E5E5"> I'm doing right now we've</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> got a</font> black brush and I'm painting it on my layer mask and I'm<font color="#E5E5E5"> going</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> to able to see</font> really easily what I'm actually doing because I'm<font color="#E5E5E5"> viewing my layer mask</font> specifically there<font color="#E5E5E5"> we go let's go</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> ahead</font>

<font color="#CCCCCC">and make that invisible and then we're</font> going to paint this black here on the hair as well<font color="#CCCCCC"> just to let that kind</font> fade out<font color="#E5E5E5"> all</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> right let's hold alt or</font> option and click<font color="#E5E5E5"> on that layer mask and</font> there we can see now we're<font color="#CCCCCC"> changing the</font>

<font color="#E5E5E5">color of the shoes and the shirt</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> but</font> we're keeping<font color="#E5E5E5"> the color of the hair and</font> ellipse the exact same<font color="#CCCCCC"> alright and</font> that's<font color="#E5E5E5"> all there is</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> to it guys selecting</font> colors and changing them in<font color="#E5E5E5"> Photoshop</font> let's take<font color="#CCCCCC"> a look at</font><font color="#E5E5E5"> the before and</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> the</font>

after here's<font color="#E5E5E5"> our before picture is</font> totally standard and here is our after we've changed some colors in the image and<font color="#E5E5E5"> then refined our layer mask to not</font> include areas like her lips and your hair just remember these steps when<font color="#E5E5E5"> you</font>

want to change colors in Photoshop first make a new layer and<font color="#CCCCCC"> then go to select</font> color range then you're going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to want to</font> click on the color that you actually want<font color="#E5E5E5"> to change you can use the plus I</font> dropper tool to add more colors to that

selection then create a hue/saturation adjustment layer it's going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to load the</font> selection into the layer mask and all you<font color="#E5E5E5"> have to do is move the hue slider to</font> the left or to the right and it's<font color="#E5E5E5"> going</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">to change color for you and then finish</font>

it off if there<font color="#E5E5E5"> are any areas of your</font> image that you don't want to include just click<font color="#CCCCCC"> on your layer mask and paint</font> black with a paintbrush it's going<font color="#E5E5E5"> to</font> make<font color="#E5E5E5"> sure they go back to</font><font color="#CCCCCC"> the original</font> <font color="#E5E5E5">thanks so much for watching phlearn guys</font>

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Selecting Color Range

To select out the different colors, create a new layer and go to Select - Color Range. Click on the color you want to sample with the regular eyedropper tool. You can play with the fuzziness to get more of an accurate selection. Also, if you need to add or take away from your selection, you can use the eyedroppers with the plus and minus symbols next to them to do so.

Next, go to Layer - New Adjustment Layer - Hue/Saturation. This will load your selection directly into the Hue/Saturation layer so that you can adjust the hue sliders and change only the colors you want to change!

Refining Layer Masks

If you have small unwanted parts in a selection, you can always paint over it with a brush tool on the layer mask.

Tip: If you hold alt/opt and click on a layer mask, it will appear as black and white. This can be very helpful for seeing tiny stray colors in your selections.

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