Every designer - whichever area you might specialise in - is familiar with the need to highlight an area of a design or screen grab. Whether you're trying to point something out to a client, or a colleague, it's something moist of us need to do on an almost daily basis.
There are bespoke apps out there for highlighting a selection of an image, and by all means use one of those. Alternatively you can download this amazingly simple, yet useful, Photoshop Action from Chris Phin (opens in new tab), the editor of @TapMagUK (opens in new tab).
It's a simple process, but we'll walk you through it ...
01. Download the Action
First, download the Action here (opens in new tab). If you're organised then place it in your Photoshop Actions folder, alternatively just remember where you've saved it to.
02. Open up an image in Photoshop
Now take an image with an area you'd like to highlight in Photoshop. Using the MarQuee Tool (Rectangular, Elliptical, your choice) select the area you want to focus on. And remember, by holding down the Shift key you can select multiple areas.
03. Find that Action
Go to Window>Actions to ensure your Actions panel is open. Now select the dropdown in the Actions panel, and choose 'Load Actions'. Navigate to the Action you just downloaded, select it, and hit 'Open'. Now scroll down to the Creative Bloq folder, open it, select 'Highlight' and hit 'Play Selection' at the bottom of the panel.
04. Play with Opacity
Now your image will have the selections picked out, but it may be too dark/light for your requirements. To change the Opacity just select the new layer in the Layers panel and drag the Opacity slider to get the right look. That's it!
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