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Rough Selection Adjustments

I like it when I get told something and I slap my forehead and say “of course” and changes the way I use Photoshop. Here’s one such thing;

 I was making adjustments, say hue and saturation, then applying a mask. But then someone suggested I do this; 

 So here is a photo from my local pole dancing club. I nice photo but I’d like to draw the eye in more to the lovely Sadie.

So here is a photo from my local pole dancing club. I nice photo but I'd like to draw the eye in more to the lovely Sadie (like we aren't already drawn in eh boys? ;)  )

 So I’m going to make a rough selection around her with the lasso tool;

 selection

 Now at the top we should have the refine edge button, I click it and feather the selection. In earlier Photoshops you can do this from the menu, Select – Modify – Feather, but will be more trial and error than with later versions where we get the selection box.

 feather

Each image and selection will be different, so don’t worry about what numbers I have used here. Click through the different previews to see your selection in quick mask, black, white etc, so you you can be happy with your selection and feather. Use the contract/expand slider if needed.

 Press OK and the selection might seem more ’rounded’. In this case, I selected the lovely Sadie but I actually want to de-saturate everything but Sadie. So I need to invert the selection. Keyboard shortcut: Shift+Ctr/Cmd+I

 Now we need a Hue/Saturation layer, so we click the Black & White icon at the bottom of the layers palette and choose, believe it or not, Hue/Saturation.

 huesat

 

Now when we lower the saturation slider we get the desired effect.

So here is a photo from my local pole dancing club. I nice photo but I'd like to draw the eye in more to the lovely Sadie (like we aren't already drawn in eh boys? ;)  )

Before

After

After

 

 I’ve purposely made a large selection and dramatically reduced the hue/saturation for the purposes of this blog, I would recommend that if you use it you try to be a bit more subtle. This technique works great with all the adjustment layers.

 It has come to the rescue for selective alterations like a brides bouquet, windscreens of cars, sky colour……

 Here I have used the same selection but used a curves adjustment layer:

 curves

 

So, in summary. It isn’t always necessary to do a detailed mask, feathers are your friends. (Unless they’re on crows.)

Right, I’m off to see Sadie and her friends…

About Eric Renno (417 Articles)
Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

1 Comment on Rough Selection Adjustments

  1. my first instinct would be to just duplicate the layer, desaturate the bottom one to my liking… and then mask the top layer, and paint back the subject with a very feathered large brush.
    Only a few steps and very flexible to work around the edges as they appear vs having to decide on the selection and being stuck with it.

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