For today's tutorial I thought I would demonstrate one way to colorize photographs that builds on skills learned in other tutorials I have posted. We will also use quick mask mode and adjustment layers in this tutorial. You can review those tutorials here and here (I will be honest and tell you that I am borrowing the instructions for this from an assignment written by my photoshop instructor Jim Pegoda.)
I started with this photograph of a cute little girl (guess who?) in her flowergirl dress. In order to colorize a photograph, it must be in RGB mode. This particular photograph was already black and white, so when I scanned it to my hard drive, it was in RGB mode by default. If you want to convert a color photograph to black and white and then colorize it, this is how to do it:
- Go to Image>Mode>Greyscale
- Then, since your greyscale image must be in RGB mode, go to Image>Mode>RGB
For this particular adjustment layer I set Hue at 331 and Saturation at 31.
Use this method to create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for every color you want to apply to an image.
Below is a capture of the entire layer palette for the colorized image
Once the adjustment layer is created, you can adjust the opacity and/or blending mode and change the color by double clicking on the adjustment layer icon.
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That's it for this Sunday. Have a great week!