Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Quick Photoshop Tip
As with many tricks in Photoshop, I discovered this one by accident: holding down option and shift while using the Lasso tool will select a portion of an already-selected area. I found this to be extremely useful while coloring digitally, since I would often select a color with the wand tool (non-contiguously), but only wanted to a edit a section of the total area selected. This is a fairly minor time-saver, but when you're coloring 20 pages that are due by tomorrow morning, every little bit helps.
This is also a good opportunity to share a peak behind the scenes. The picture above is what I get back from my assistant, Orpheus, after he "flats" my inks. The color is not important (although it usually looks interesting); rather, the goal is to separate the drawing into easily-selected, color-coded shapes. You can see the finished page in a previous post.
In addition, I've provided this as an illustration in case my explanation wasn't clear. Say I wanted to select someone's face and hands in the first panel. By selecting with the magic wand, everyone's face and hands (of the same color) are selected, but with a quick loop of the lasso tool (while holding shift and option) I can isolate just one figure.