I have returned from Southern France. And with the exception of a few exciting airport debacles—never ever try to return your car to the “French sector” of the Geneva International Airport!—I had a great time. Avignon, Les Baux-de-Provence, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Mouth-watering cheeses, world-class wines, and chocolates like you’ve never tasted. Plus everyone’s super polite and the speed limit is >80 mph. You can’t get a decent martini, but I did manage to parlay a glass of 15-year Laphroaig, which’ll tide me over in a pinch.
In the meantime, I’m in Toronto. In fact, this very day I’m teaching a full-day, super-intensive Channels & Masks seminar at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, at which every attendee gets a copy of my book Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One.
So it’s only fitting that today’s feature is Photoshop’s most successful automated masking function, Color Range. To say it’s good is an understatement. Like a Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, it is soigné. Check out the free high-quality streaming video to learn more.
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Oh, and did I mention Southern France’s wealth of antiquities? Like Glanum, where a modern road covers a Roman city over a Greek town on top of a Gaul village? Here’s me rendered in mask-like silhouette, as captured from the healing waters deep below even the ancient Gaul stratum.
What does that have to do with Color Range? I dunno, but get a load of what Color Range can do with it!
And that’s just the beginning. For those interested, I’ll post a complete travelogue of my exploits when I settle back in next week.