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John Stephens
How to Color select
on Jun 29, 2014 at 5:10:30 am

Is it possible to select only a specific color (like with Photoshop's Magic Wand), so that the filters will only apply to that selection?

Thank you.

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John Cuevas
Re: How to Color select
on Jun 29, 2014 at 3:20:12 pm

Quite a few ways to do this, the approach will depend on how well is that color isolated in your project. Like if you have a field of yellow flowers and green leaves--yellow and green are really close, so it will be very tough to just isolate the flowers or one particular flower.

One method would be to use the keying effects---if the color is really strong, just use the Color Key effect, sample the color and adjust the tolerance and edge feather. In my first example I had to a small mask to grab a couple of stray areas. Then use the layer as a track matte for whatever layer you want to effect.

Another keying effect you could try is Extract. In my example, I look at the color channels and saw that there wasn't much green in the rose---so I played with the levels of the green channel and added an extract effect. This method would require a bit of masking after to return some of the green I extracted from other areas of the picture.

So those are a couple of methods you might want to's my example project---if you want to see what I did. I'm sure there are many other ways of isolating a single color.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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