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PS: Select Color Range

by Toiny Westberry on 2 September 2010
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Ever buy a CU product and wish it was another color?  Did you try moving the Hue/Saturation sliders?  Did you try moving the Color Balance sliders?  And still it’s just not the new color?  At least not evenly.  I’ve got another trick you can try.

I’m going to start with a CU bloom: 

The Goal

 

Perfectly lovely bloom.  But too pink for my tastes.  I’d love a gorgeous blue.  So I try: 

Before


Image–>
Adjustment–>Hue/Saturation and move my sliders back-n-forth.  I get lots of pretty colors, but not the nice, solid, even blue I want:

Hue/Saturation

After trying: Image–>Adjustment–>Color/Balance and even: Image–>Adjustments–>Variations.  I get frustrated.  Time to try something new!

I like the yellow center.  I’m a big fan of yellow of blue together.  All I want to replace is the too bright, too pink, pink.  I go to:
Select–>Color Range

 Color Range

Use the eye dropper to select the color you want to replace.  You can change the amount of color variation selected by sliding the Fuzziness slider from 0-to-200.  Once you have everything desired selected click OK.

Create a New Layer above your CU item (in my case, my flower).  Fill the selected area with the new color (I picked a soft periwinkle blue) using your Paint Bucket Tool.  Change the Layer Blend Mode to Color:

After

Note: You may need to SelectàColor Range more than once to get all the bits & pieces selected.  I create a New Layer (and set the Color Blend Mode to Color) for each newly selected Color Range.

I also use the Clipping Mask feature in the Layer Palette to prevent any stray pixels or colors from appearing:

Any questions?  Please ask away in the forum.

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