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Photoshop Elements > Layers >

Separate RGB Channel Layers >

2 - Make a Red Channel Layer

Use this section to create a Red channel layer.

The other channels are here:

3 - Make a Green Channel

4 - Make a Blue Channel

• To restore the separate color channels back to color, go to 5 - Recombine RGB Channel Layers to Color.

Be sure to check off as you go along.

Red Channel Layer

1) Make sure the Background copy layer is active (highlighted).

If you've already used the Background copy layer for another color channel, create a new Background copy layer.

2) Deselect the eye icon on any existing color channel layers that you've already made.

3) Create a Solid Color adjustment layer.

The Color Picker window will open.

Enter 255 in the R: box, and click OK.

The screen will turn red.

4) Change the blending mode of the Solid Color adjustment layer from Normal to Multiply.

The combination of the red fill color, and the Multiply blending mode, filters "in" the red color from the Background copy layer.

You now have a red and black photograph.

5) Make sure the Solid Color adjustment layer is active (highlighted).

6) Merge the Solid Color adjustment layer and the Background copy layer by pressing Ctrl + e.

7) Rename the Background copy layer as Red.

The next two sections filter out the green and blue from the Red layer, which was the Background copy layer.

Green Filtering Out

1) Make a duplicate of the Red layer.

The new layer is called Red copy.

2) Make sure the Red copy layer is active (highlighted).

3) Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

The Hue/Saturation window will open in the Adjustments panel.

Make the adjustments described below.

Click OK (Pre-8.0 only).

Change the Hue to 120.

The photograph is now green and black.

Red, green, and blue, are 120 degrees apart from each other on the color wheel.

By changing Hue by 120 points, the hue of the Red copy layer has been shifted from red to green.

4) Make sure the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is active (highlighted).

5) Merge the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and the Red copy layer by pressing Ctrl + e.

6) Rename the merged layer as Green.

7) Change the blending mode of the Green layer from Normal to Screen.

The photograph will turn yellow.

This is because the Screen blending mode is mixing the green of the Green layer with the red of the Red layer.

Green + Red = Yellow

Blue Filtering Out

1) Make a duplicate of the Green layer .

The new layer is called Green copy.

2) Make sure the Green copy layer is active (highlighted).

3) Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

The Hue/Saturation window will open in the Adjustments panel.

Make the adjustments described below.

Click OK (Pre-8.0 only).

Change the Hue to 120.

The photograph will turn cyan.

4) Make sure the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is active (highlighted).

5) Merge the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and the Green copy layer by pressing Ctrl + e.

The photograph will turn blue.

6) Rename the merged layer as Blue.

7) Make sure the blending mode of the Blue layer is still Screen, not Normal.

If you don't merge the layers exactly as described above, the blending mode may change from Screen to Normal.

Check it.

Merge the Layers

1) Press and hold Shift, and select the Blue, Green and Red layers.

2) Press Ctrl + e.

3) Rename the merged layer as Red channel.

You now have a grayscale layer of the red channel.

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Red Channel Layer

Levels Adjustment Layer

If needed, create a Levels adjustment layer.

The Levels window will open.

Make the adjustments described below.

Play with the sliders to adjust the exposure and contrast.

Experiment with changing the exposure and contrast of a single color channel, by selecting Red, Green, or Blue, in the Channel box.

Try changing the blending mode from Normal to Luminosity.

Make the Selection

1) If you wish, to avoid distraction, use the Eraser tool to erase the portions of the image that will not be selected.

You can erase because you're working on the duplicate of the original.

2) Make a selection using the Magic Wand tool.

When selecting the curls and strands of hair that extend over the face and background, enlarge the image, and use very low tolerance values.

Drag the Selection

1) Make sure any selection tool is selected except the Selection Brush tool.

2) Click and hold the selection, and drag it to the original photograph in the project bin/photo bin.

If needed, you can add to the selection.

3) Go to Select > Save Selection, and enter a name for the selection.

You can retrieve the selection, if you save the photograph with the PSD file format, by going to Select > Load Selection.