Yep, I dug it out of the drawer and took my own advice about "Reading The Manual"and I actually learned something~
Here we go:
I'm always applying Layer Masks...and erasing...and selecting...and masking...and blah blah blah...
Today I read up on the Selection Brush Tool which I have NEVER used before!
It's basically another option for painting the areas you want or masking the areas you don't want.
It's kinda hard to explain...I'll just show ya~
1. I opened my original pic in Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac.
2. Then I chose my Selection Brush Tool which is here, hiding under the Quick Selection Tool:
3. What I want to do now is "Mask" the parts of the photo I don't want to manipulate, so I make sure Mask is selected in the options bar:
4. What I'm going to attempt here is to mask part of the photo then turn the rest of it black & white.
I'll size my brush to the size I'm wanting and click on the parts I don't want affected (her eyes).
I duplicated my Background first...make sure to work on the copy layer. Here's my little alien child
with her eyes masked red:
5. Now I'll go to Enhance - Convert to Black and White and choose which B&W option I want. The idea here is for everything except the masked parts to affected:
Here's what I end up with...my selections weren't perfect, I got some of her hair in them, but this is just to give you an idea of what this tool can be used for.
Now, just because I have nothing else at all to do today, I'll show what the other option for the Selection Brush does:
1. Open my original pic in PSE:
2. Choose the Selection mode in the options bar for the Selection Brush:
3. I duplicate my layer then paint with the brush the parts of the photo I want to Select or manipulate (her sweater):
4. The sweater has a little bit of a blue tone to it so I'll try to alter the saturation to see if I can get rid of that. I choose Enhance - Adjust Color - Adjust Hue/Saturation:
5. Now I'll scale back the Saturation slider and watch the screen until the color looks how I want it to. In this case I scaled it all the way back:
So here's my final after selecting (so easily!) what I wanted to change then applying the adjustment. If I were doing this "for real" I would have made sure not to desaturate the weeds too, but I was too lazy to deselect them...you get my point!
And because I'm a Before & After freak....here's the B&A!
I am so LUVN this handy dandy little tool I found!
Why didn't anybody tell me about this earlier?!?!