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Selective Color

Auto Color isn't the only way to force colors into the brightest, darkest, and neutral gray areas of an image. If you choose Image > Adjustments > Selective Color, you can select which general colors you'd like to change from the Colors pop-up menu and then shift them toward a primary color (Figure 11.57). Moving the sliders toward the right will shift the selected color toward the color listed to the left of the slider. Moving the slider toward the left will shift it away from the color listed and toward its exact opposite. So, even though this dialog box only lists cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, you can still shift things toward red, green, and blue by moving the sliders toward the left. If the Relative radio button is turned on, then you'll change areas relative to what they started at. That means that if you have 50% cyan and you move the Cyan slider to 10%, you'll end up with 55% cyan because 10% of 50% is 5%. If, on the other hand, you use the Absolute setting, you'll simply add the exact amount that you dial in. That means that if you have 50% cyan and you move the Cyan slider to 10%, you'll end up with 60% cyan because it added the exact amount of cyan that you dialed in.

Figure 11.57. With Selective Color you can push certain colors toward any of the primary colors.



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