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Old 02-04-2010, 10:50 AM
ward1941uk ward1941uk is offline
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Trying to select sky through branches.


I'm new to Photoshop Essentials and I am having difficulty selecting sky between branches of trees. I can do it quite easily with Photoshop by first of all selecting the top half of the image with the rectangle tool and then using color range select with the picker set to 3 by 3 average. I can adjust what is selected by the fuzziness control and anything that gets selected which I don't want I can deselect with Alt + lasoo tool. I can't find anything similar in PSE 8.

Can anyone advise me?

Many thanks

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Old 02-05-2010, 04:10 AM
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Re: Trying to select sky through branches.

The 3x3 sample picker isn't accurated because it samples the result of the mix of the colors in a radius of 3x3 pixels (just a tip).

If going to channels is allowed by PSE, select the blue one, duplicate it and contrast it to get a nice mask.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:17 AM
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Re: Trying to select sky through branches.

Swampy has a nice tutorial on fixing a blown out sky. She selects the sky area and uses the color range but uses white as the "color"
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:01 PM
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Re: Trying to select sky through branches.

ward1941uk, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, have fun!

I think you meant Photoshop Elements

You might have much better luck finding a solution by looking or asking your question in this forum.. Photoshop Elements Help

This thread might help some.. luminance masking with ps elements?

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