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Lesson 12. Creating Special Effects > Hand-coloring selections on a layer

Hand-coloring selections on a layer

You’ll start to add special effects to your montage by hand-coloring the pears, beginning with the pear on the right. To select it, you’ll simply load the first selection you created in the previous procedure. Then, you’ll remove the color from the selection so that you can color it by hand. Finally, after adding a layer above the pears, you’ll be ready to apply new color by adding it to the new layer. In this way, you can simply erase the layer and start over if you don’t like the results.

You could do most of the following tasks in ImageReady rather than Photoshop, but this is not recommended. ImageReady has the same Load Selection command and filters, and many of the same color-collection options, blending modes, and tools for applying and tracking color that you find in Photoshop. However, ImageReady uses a slightly different technique for creating gradients (see“Adding a gradient” on page 416), and cannot create or edit an adjustment layer (see “Changing the color balance” on page 418). Because of this, it’s better to do these procedures in Photoshop.


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