used as a selection tool
Colour range is unfortunately completely underrated eventhough I consider it as one of the most useful
tools in PS.
So where can you find it and what can you do with it?
Well go to: select > colour range.What most people don't know is the following and this will explain what you can do with it:
When the dialogue box opens up- at the top it will say "sampled colors" with a little downward arrow next to it. Click that one. Now the interesting part here is not the colours at the top but the three last ones which say: highlights/ midtones and shadows. Now it might perhaps dawn on you where I am getting with this... these three options are next to brilliant! Why? Well just think of the following: you have an image that shows noise. Well where does it usually show noise? Yep- the shadows. Now just select with this tool the shadows and click O.K. You will see that all shadow parts of your image are automatically
selected. How neat is this? Now you just need to apply either noise ninja on that selection or go to filter > noise > reduce noise. Make sure you look at your image at 100%. Also: should there be parts selected in your image that you don't want selected than just click Q on your keyboard > make sure the foreground colour is white and use the brush tool to paint over the parts that you don't want to have selected and then apply your noise reduction.
What else can you do with that? Well tons of things! You want to slightly darken only the highlights? (Bet you want that one regularly!) Well just choose the highlights in color range > click O.K. > then feather the selection by going into select > modify > feather > put about 2-5 pixels in there > and either use levels/ curves/ brightness to tone the highlights down. Now is this cool or not?
You want to increase the midtone contrast? Well again just choose the midtones and work with levels or whatever else tool you like on those midtones!
tell me that this is fantastic! And admit that you have never used that one before