How to use Color Range effectively as the best selection tool in Photoshop?


Color Range can be considered one of the best tools in making selection. The Color Range command selects a specified color or color range within an existing selection or an entire image.

Before making any selection, we have to consider what makes the subject different from background or what makes it different from those parts of image that we aren’t going to select. The differences may be in terms of color, brightness, structure and many more.

In order to select any subject using Color Range, we must make sure that the subject and the background can be distinguished prominently in terms of color that means they must be of different colors.

To make a perfect selection using Color Range, we execute the following steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Open the image file.

Color Range - Part-1

Step 2: Choose Select>Color Range and Color Range dialogue box will appear.

Color Range- Part-2

 Step 3: Color Range dialogue box will appear. Set the Selection Preview to None, Select to Sampled Colors and unchecked Localized Color Clusters.

Color Range- Part-3

Step 4: Using Eyedropper tool, pick all the colors on the background and click on Ok.

Color Range- Part-4

Step 5: Mask the selection either by clicking on the mask icon on the layer palettes or by clicking on Layer >Layer Mask>Reveal Selection.

Color Range- Part-5

And your selection is ready. It will result to very awesome and accurate selection very quickly.

Here’s the Video Tutorial :