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Old 08-04-2008, 04:02 PM
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Re: Calculation command.

One of the most underused command for proper and quick masking is color range - this uses Lab to create masks based on color and Luminosity, and can some of the time REPLACE a lot of tweaking around with Blend modes and Calculations. Just that its been around since the dawn of time and people dont realise its power.

An additional trick which I developed years ago to simplify masks involves using the magic wand (Yes you heard right the magic wand!), along with expand and contract blow out areas of unwanted detail in masks. This is done using actions.

Hello Stoker old buddy. Yes I remember our selective color talk.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:51 AM
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Re: Calculation command.

Markzebra,

I'm eager to learn "Magic wand" technique. I'm wondered how you use it ?

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:39 AM
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Re: Calculation command.

Hi Stroker, good to see you around.

Although I can't really say that I use it, I believe I saw that the "magic wand' got quite an overhaul for CS3.

As to the question of calculations, I would say that (by definition) retouching folks tend to be more "visual" in their thinking (excepting us geeks ). So it easier to separate the channels to layers and play around with them on the palette while watching the results.

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Old 08-05-2008, 02:50 PM
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Re: Calculation command.

I must say that I don't use the magic wand very often, but it is worth remembering when you have a selection with a really good contrast. It can be the quickest way to make a simple selection.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:12 PM
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Re: Calculation command.

Magic wand only ever used on MASKS never on pixel layers, and used combined with either expand, contract (or their filter equivalents Maximum and minimum) - the purpose of this is to keep transitional areas intact while taking the interior of masks to complete black or white - its a simplifying tool to quickly achieve the same as block brushing. work it out.
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:35 AM
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Magic wand only ever used on MASKS never on pixel layers, and used combined with either expand, contract (or their filter equivalents Maximum and minimum) - the purpose of this is to keep transitional areas intact while taking the interior of masks to complete black or white - its a simplifying tool to quickly achieve the same as block brushing. work it out.
Hmmmm ! I see. I understand, you use magic wan on masks. Is it easy ? or some good control ? I think simple black/white brush have more powerful command. I'm not sure, but I think.

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Re: Calculation command.

it works quite well, but this is on a mask that just needs some finishing...
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:00 AM
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it works quite well, but this is on a mask that just needs some finishing...
I also think that. I never uses Magic wand on mask. I use it for making rough selection on image area. I think for the masking there are another great tools. why we use magic wand ?
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Re: Calculation command.

ash, you can click with the magic wand on the mask background/foreground to see if you missed some spots for example...
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