Thursday, May 15, 2008

How'd She Do That???

Good morning! So, I got quite a few requests on HOW to make that one object color like I did for the tulip yesterday. Well, here you go... my FIRST Photoshop Elements tutorial. Remember - I have Photoshop Elements 6 for a PC, so if you have an older version or a Mac, the steps might look slightly different. I will try to talk you through the steps, though, so you can adjust as needed. Click on the pictures to make them bigger, so you can see what I'm talking about. Pay special attention to the RED CIRCLES, as that's where you'll find the clicks you need to make. Let's get started...

The first thing you need to do is select a photo that has a colored object slightly separated from the rest of the "stuff". This will make it easier to select that object later on. Here, I've chosen one of my favorite subject - my Pug Latte. Isn't she cute?? This was her Easter duck. Ok, I digress... Make sure you are in Editor, and the Quick Edit tab is selected. For the view, we only want "After". We're going to take all the color out, so do we really care what it looked like before??? And that's Step 1.

The next step, we're going to remove MOST of the color, using the "Saturation" tool. You're going to move the slider ALMOST all the way to the left. You'll see in the photo that the duck still has a tad bit of color. This will help when selecting, as well. I just kept inching to the left until the parts I didn't want colored weren't anymore. Follow so far?? After you've got the color you want, click the check mark to accept your changes. You can STILL undo if you need, as long as you haven't saved. And you're done with Step 2.

This next two steps are the most time-consuming one. You're going to select the object. The first thing you need to do is ZOOM IN until your object is pretty much the only thing in your window. {The zoom tool is the little magnifying glass in the upper left corner.} Then, click on the "Quick Selector" {looks like Harry Potter's wand in the upper left}. Photoshop Elements is pretty good a "figuring out" where your object is, so just click somewhere at the top of the object, and then drag it to bottom. Don't worry if you don't get everything inside, we'll get the rest in the next step. You're done with Step 3.

Here we will get what Photoshop Elements missed. To select something else, just click there. Compare the picture in Step 3 to the picture above. All I did was click where the red circle is to add that area to the selected area. Now, if something is selected that you don't want to be selected, hold down the ALT key and click where you don't want selected. Just keep clicking and removing until your whole object is selected. You're done with Step 4.

Now, we need to get the color back to our selected area - the duck in my case. So, we just return to the "Saturation" slider, but this time, we're going to the right. You have to go pretty far to get any color at all back, so go 3/4 down the slider all in one move, then start inching to get the color you want. Once you've got the color you want, click the check mark to accept. You're done with Step 5.

Zoom out on your photo to make sure you've got it how you want it. Awe, there's the Latte puppy again... isn't she cute??!!

The last thing you need to do is save your photo. WAIT - this is IMPORTANT! You need to "Save As", otherwise you're going to write over your original photo. I usually choose to create a version set. That keeps all my edits with the original photo, kind of like a file folder. If you want to do that, make sure the box with the red circle is checked. And YOU'RE DONE!

I told you it wasn't complicated! Have fun playing!

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