Add a Splash of Color

Sirs and Madams,

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the Photoshop Color Splash Technique.Just as in any other game there are a few regulations that one must abide by in order to receive their reward. The only way to lose is to not give my tutorial a try. So don’t lose out on this opportunity to win. After taking a picture, do you ever feel like that one object is more worthy than the rest? If so you add color splash to make it stand out using Photoshop. Well here we go!

Take this picture for example just a pile of peppers but you want that one red pepper to stand out above all the rest. With the help of Photoshop, we can make this happen.

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Begin by opening your image in Photoshop, make any size adjustments you’d like and once your photo is ready we can begin. The key tool needed for this is found in the select menu in the top navigation bar. once there scroll down and you will want to use the color range tool. Using this tool will allow you to select the color of choice to stand out. It is recommended by Photoshop experts to not use the colors already in the drop down menu. 

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Once this pop up opens you will want to go to the very bottom and choose the selection preview. By selecting this preview you can change the background color of the rest of your photo. In order to single out that one color it is best to use the option black matter.

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Do not choose from the list of preset colors available.It is advised to choose a color that best matches the one in your photo. This can be done by choosing the sampled color option in the drop down menu of the color range pop up. The cursor will then allow you to click on the image of your choice to stand out. By adjusting the fuzziness meter you can control how specific of the color you would like. The higher the value the less specific it is and the lower the value the more specific it is. As seen below.

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Once the specific color is chosen you can add other portions of the object as well. In order to only get the certain red tones of that particular object you can hold down the “SHIFT” key and click on the object at the same time. While doing this the chosen color will begin to appear. 

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If other objects with similar shades of that color begin to appear you can control this by adjusting the fuzziness meter again or try something else. You may be thinking what is this something else. Well it is the Localized Color Clusters option. With this tool you are able to adjust the range of the photo in which you want the color to appear. Once you have specified the area you can do some more color localizing, using the shift and click method discussed earlier.

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Now that your object is beginning to stand out you want to ensure that the changes you made were only to the object. This can be done by clicking the invert option on the right hand side of the color range pop up and proceed to click OK. This will allow you to change the background color without having to change the object.

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You will now be able to add an additional layer called an adjustment layer so that only the object chosen can be adjusted and nothing else. The adjustment layer can be found on the bottom right corner of the layer menu. While on this layer you can use a white brush to get rid of any excess color in the background. To improve the color of the object chosen you can rub a black brush over it. Continuing to do this will only enhance your photo, to look something like this…

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Congratulations you have made it to the end of the game! I am pleased to have provided you with this opportunity and I hope you come back to play again sometime soon! 

Just a little something to think about,

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”
Hal Borland

-Mary Kathryn Flood

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~ by maf179 on October 4, 2012.

 
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