Lesson 4


In this lesson, you’ll take multiple color samples and use the Info panel to store color information.


Lesson:  Create color samplers

  1. Click the Indicates layer visibility button for the Large Macaw and Small Macaw 1 layers on the Layers panel, so that all layers in the image are visible
  2. Display the rulers in pixels
  3. Click the Info panel tab to display the Info panel
  4. Click the Color Sampler tool on the Tools panel
    [Tip:  The Color Sampler tool is grouped with the Eyedropper tool, the Ruler tool, the Note tool, and the Count tool on the Tools panel]
  5. Click the image in the following four locations:
    Sample 1 is the yellow background;
    Sample 2 is the yellow feather (on the bird on the left)
    Sample 3 is the red tail feather (on the middle bird)
    Sample 4 is the brighter yellow feather (on the bird on the right)
  6. Click the Info panel list arrow, then click Color Samplers to hide the color samplers
  7. Click the Info panel list arrow, then click Color Samplers to display the color samplers
  8. Hide the rulers 

Summary:  You sampled specific areas in the image, stored that color data on the Info panel, then hid and revealed the color samplers.


Lesson:  Apply a color sampler and filter and add a lighting effect

  1. Make the Large Macaw layer active
  2. Click Filter on the Application bar, point to Sharpen, then click Unsharp Mask – you are now ready to put the finishing touches on your color-corrected image
  3. Adjust your settings on the Unsharp Mask dialog box as follows:  Amount – 130%; Radius – 2.0 pixels; Threshold – 10 levels; these settings emphasize the edges and create the illusion of a sharper image
  4. Make the Backdrop layer active
  5. Click Filter on the Application bar, point to Render, then click Lighting Effects
  6. Adjust your settings in the Lighting Effects dialog box as follows:  Style – Blue Omni; Light Type – Omni (check On); Intensity – 85; Gloss – 71; Material – 35; Exposure – 46; Ambience – (-)37; Texture Channel – None; then click OK
  7. Double-click the Scarlet Macaws layer thumbnail, then click Set the text color box on the options bar
  8. Type the R, G, and B values in sample 3 on the Info panel in the R, G, and B text boxes in the Select text color dialog box, click OK, then click the Commit any current edits button on the options bar
  9. Save your work, hide the color samplers
  10. Close the Scarlet Macaws image, then exit Photoshop


Summary:  You added the Unsharp Mask and Lighting Effects filters to make the objects stand out more dramatically against the background.  You also changed the type color using the values from a sampled color.