February '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 F E B R U A R Y P R I N T W E A R || 71 age more than normal, and print. You may be surprised at the result. COLOR CONTROL In Photoshop, there are many ways to con- trol and enhance color. Many of these are global settings which effect the entire im- age. From the Image > Adjustments menu selection, we see there are quite a few color controls to choose from, including Curves, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, and Color Bal- ance. All of these settings will affect the entire image. If we only want to effect a background, we can use a feature called Selective Color. In the drop down menu for Colors, choose the color that needs to be enhanced. In this example, we'll use the green background. Since green is made up of cyan and yellow, if we increase these values, we may or may not see a tremendous difference. If we in- stead remove other colors from the greens, this is where we will most likely see the greatest results. With greens selected and the Preview button checked, slide magenta all the way to the left. Toggle your preview on and off and notice the intensity of the green areas compared to the original file. All of these settings and tools can be used effectively on almost any art you receive, but they are not meant to be one size fits all. Every file is unique and may require different variables, but the basics are the same. With just the few adjustments described here, the image looks 10 times better than what was originally submitted. This is just a testament that playing with your art files will only require a minute or two of your time, but with a little practice and the right know how, you can create better direct-to- garment designs than you ever expected. If we only wanted to effect the green background and nothing else, we can use a feature called Selective Color since this image doesn't have green in the foreground to pull from.

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