All along I've been talking about how important it is to create good selections inside Photoshop because a good selection really is the basis for pulling off some cool stuff inside your images, whether it's a correction technique of some sort or a special effect or who the heck knows? You know, you saw a whole section on creating selections. We made that rusted sort of robot face and then not too long ago you saw the Quick Selection Tool and we were talking about layers. Now what I want to do is I want to talk about something called Photoshop's Quick Mask Mode, which we'll get to shortly but we're going to start off this discussion on masking with yet another selection technique. This guy is called Color Range and I think of this guy as sort of like the Magic Wand Tool on steroids. You'll see what I mean here. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to hit Shift Tab to get rid of my palettes there on the right-hand side. We don't need any palettes for this and let's go and grab our next sample file. So go ahead and double click on your gray background, head into your Project Files Folder and look for a file called Buddha.jpg. Go ahead and pop that guy open. Now I'm just going to zoom in here a little bit. Essentially what I want to do and this is the challenge here in this sort of exercise, is we want to try and select the Buddha himself; not the books in the background or anything like that. What we want is just the Buddha isolated away from the background and this is a little Buddha statue that I keep just above my computer on my bookshelf to help me remain calm during frustrating computer experiences. So what I want to do is I want to try and use this Color Range command as I say and as I just mentioned a moment ago, he's very similar to the Magic Wand Tool in that he's going to create a selection based on color, hence the name of the command, Color Range. But what he's going to do is he's going to select both adjacent and non-adjacent colors. So let's see how this guy's going to work. So I've got my photograph open here. I'm going to head up to the Select Menu up at the top, half-way down, Color Range. Alright. Now inside the Color Range Dialog Box, let's just make sure of a few things here first. Down at the bottom, make sure your selection preview is set to none. I'll talk about that guy in just a moment. You'll see how that plays out. Now, inside the dialog box, there's some, some weird stuff going on here. We have a thumbnail preview of our image but it looks kind of weird and wacky. There's blacks and whites and shades of gray there. This thumbnail represents what we have selected inside our image and notice by the way, when I bring my cursor out of the dialog box, the cursor changes to an eyedropper. So what I'm going to do here is I'm going to try and click on my Buddha Statue to select the statue. Maybe I'll click down towards sort of the bottom-left of his Buddha belly there. I'll single click there. Actually that's not bad because how this works here is when I click here inside the image, back inside the dialog box this thumbnail here, as I say, represents what we have selected. So areas that are filled with black are not selected. Areas that are filled with white are selected and areas that are filled with shades of gray are semi-selected, if that makes sense. Now, before I get going too crazy here, here's a few things that I want to bounce off you. So I went into my image, I clicked on the statue there and I can click in different areas by the way to try and get the best selection possible here. In other words, what I want to try and do is get as much of the statue selected there as I can. But what's cool here as well is do you remember when we were working with the Magic Wand Tool, we had a tolerance field and the tolerance field allowed us to control how much color was being selected. Well, that's exactly what the Fuzziness Slider does here in the Color Range. So in other words, the Fuzziness Slider is going to increase or decrease the tolerance. So if I drop this guy way down and then say click on his Buddha belly here, I don't get much selected there at all. Let me try clicking around here a little bit. I get some but not muchright? If I crank his fuzziness way up, say into the hundreds there, about 120 and then I start clicking around, I'm getting a lot more of the statue selected, which is great. And you can also see though that I'm getting a lot of the background selected there as well. So now what I can do is I can use my Shift Key on the keyboard to add to my selection. So I can click around in the image here to add areas to my selection, my Buddha selection here or what I can do; actually that's not bad. I'm doing an OK job here to my great surprise. Or what I can do is I can hold down Alt or Option to subtract areas from my selection and as we're working here, you'll notice a little minus sign beside our Eyedropper Tool while I'm holding down Option here on the Mac or Alt on the Windows side or of course, a plus sign beside my Eyedropper Tool when I'm holding down Shift, right? So this is really the idea here, coming in here and getting the best selection possible. Now, I think in an image like, this we're going to be able to do OK but we won't be able to get a very precise selection, just because there's so much color in the background behind our Buddha statue so again, any time I can come back and adjust my Fuzziness Slider here, maybe something like this and then I'll just hold down Shift and I'll kind of come into the statue here and just try and do the best that I can here. I think that's looking OK. Something like that there I think. Alright, that looks alright. So as I say, you might need to experiment a little bit. Now, I mentioned this Selection Preview Drop-Down Window. Now, the default is None but I have mine set to Grayscale previously from a previous image I was working on so if I switch to Grayscale, now I get this preview inside my document window and again, I can hold down Shift or Alt or Option and come along and clean this up a little bit. Or what I can do is I can switch to Black Matt, something like that. So again, black areas are not selected. Areas that look normal, like a normal photograph, are selected and we have a few other options here as well. We have White Mask. You can certainly use that. So again, now white areas are not selected. Or I can use something called Quick Mask and I mentioned Quick Mask not too long ago. With the Quick Mask Preview, now areas that are not selected are covered in this, sort of this red overlay, this red rubilith and of course we'll be talking more about the Quick Mask Mode very shortly. So for now I think I'm going to go back to Normal or None there. You can set that Selection Menu to really whatever you want. Now there's one more thing that I want to show you here. I'm going to hold down Alt or Option and you may recall this from earlier. My Cancel Button now changes to a Reset Button. So I'm going to reset my Dialog Box essentially, going all the way back to where I started and we have this option here, Localized Color Clusters. Now, I don't find this very useful myself but I'll show you how this works here. I'm going to turn this guy on and then I'll click on my Buddha belly there and what happens is now this range slider by the way, ungrays and I can use the Range Slider here and essentially what happens is wherever I click now becomes selected and then it tapers off in an oval or a circular fashion like this. So in other words, if I click say on his upper chest there, that then becomes the center point and it tapers off from there. Now, it's entirely up to you if you want to use this option here. I don't find myself using it all too often but every once in a blue moon. Anyway, I'm going to uncheck that guy and I'll go back and I'll try and make a decent selection here back to where you and I were not too long ago and again, you know what? If your selection isn't perfect, don't worry about it because we're going to clean our selection up using this thing called the Quick Mask Mode in just a second. I'm going to go ahead and click on OK and of course my screen is filled with marching ants and it's pretty tough to tell what is selected and what isn't selected and obviously this selection needs a lot of refinement, a lot of cleanup because again, it's just the Buddha statue that I want, not all the stuff in the background. So we'll use the Quick Mask Mode next to refine this selection.
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