Color Range Tools Photoshop

The Color Range command selects a specified color or color range that existing selection or an entire image. The Color Range command is not available for 32‑bits-per-channel images. Use the Color Range command repeatedly to select a subset of colors. For example, to select the green areas in a cyan selection, select Cyans in the Color Range dialog box, and click OK. Then reopen the Color Range dialog box, and select  the color Green.

To create a selection that preserves skin tones while you adjust the color of everything else, select Invert below the eyedropper samplers. Step by Step for example:

  • Choose Select > Color Range.

    You can also use Color Range to refine a layer mask.

  • From the Select menu, choose one of the following:

    Skin Tones

    To select colors that resemble common skin tones. Enable Detect Faces for more accurate skin tone selection. See Selecting Skin Tone for a quick video demonstration by Peachpit.

    Sampled Colors

    To enable the Eyedropper tool and pick sample colors from the image. If you are selecting multiple color ranges in the image, select Localized Color Clusters to build a more accurate selection.

    • A color or tonal range. You won’t be able to adjust the selection if you use this option.
  • Select one of the display options:
    Selection

    Previews the selection that will result from the colors you sample in the image. By default, white areas are selected pixels, black areas are unselected, and gray areas are partially selected.

    Previews the entire image. For example, you might want to sample from a part of the image that isn’t on‑screen.

    To toggle between the Image and Selection previews in the Color Range dialog box, press Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS).

  • For sampled colors, position the Eyedropper pointer over the image or preview area, and click to sample the colors you want included.

  • To preview the selection in the image window, choose a Selection Preview option:

    Grayscale

    Shows white for completely selected pixels, gray for partially selected ones, and black for unselected ones.

    Black Matte

    Shows the original image for selected pixels, and black for unselected ones. This option is good for bright images.

    White Matte

    Shows the original image for selected pixels, and white for unselected ones. This option is good for dark images.

    Quick Mask

    Shows unselected areas as a rubylith overlay (or a custom color you’ve specified in the Quick Mask Options dialog box. (https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/selecting-color-range-image.html)

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