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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 104 of 118

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 104 of 118

Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image


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Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

Well here another picture. Karen. This time we're in Brazil. And sometimes I end up with a black and white photo that I want to colorize in. In this case, let's see here the color you're seeing and my wife skin is completely fake right now. I made it using these adjustment layers. And if I turn off the adjustment layers, you'll see there's her original skin and here's my fake skin original fake. I'm gonna make it. So it's half and half right now. She split right down the middle right here and half of its fake. Half of its were real. Let me show you how blending sliders are used and how it wouldn't look good had I not used them, I'm gonna turn off the blending sliders with them turned off. Right now I have the color rising, applying to all of Karen. Look into our eye sockets and it doesn't look natural. It shouldn't be that colorful in those areas. I'll click. OK, so this is just what we're applying, and I'll describe what's here, and, uh, we'll see if we can learn how to use it. First,...

let's turn off all adjustment layers and look at the original version of Karen with the original version of Karen. Look at how colorful the dark areas are. The shadowy areas in her eye sockets that's nowhere near its colorful is the cheek that's right out here. If you look at the shadowy area in here, that's nowhere near its colorful is the area that is here. And if you also look at the bright area, look at the highlight on her forehead. That's nowhere near its colorful. Is the area directly below it? If you look at the highlight right there, the highlight coming across here highlight right there. It contains less color than the areas that are not highlights. So what I did here is I'm ask Karen so that I just isolated her skin, and I threw in a black and white adjustment layer to pull all the color out just so I could experiment. Then, above that, I created what's called a solid color layer, which I'll do right now. I go to the adjustment layer icon. I choose solid color, and I can choose any color I want, and for now, I'll choose a terrible color. Then I can change the blending mode of that layer. And if I change the blending Moto a choice called color, it means apply the color from this layer to the brightness that's underneath. And when I do look at how colorful those areas are, I was pointing out the shady areas near her eyes. The shady area down in here. It's got a lot of color in it. Also, if you'll get the bright areas of the picture, thes highlights and thanks, they're very colorful. Well, if you wanted to add color to a black and white picture and you don't want it to look fake, then you need to use the blooding sliders. What you do is you come down here, choose FX blending options, and it doesn't matter which of these two you use, because the brightness of this layer in the brightness of what's underneath or about the same and what you want to do is say, Let's get this color rising off of the darkest part of the picture. And so you pull this in until you see the colorizing effect start to disappear. It might take a little while. They have to pull it over quite a distance, but eventually you should there happen instantaneously? Oh, I thought of something different. I was thinking this was an adjustment layer, and it's not. We can't use that this layer sliders, because this layer contains a single color, it's is if you painted with the paintbrush to it with an exact color. So at a certain point you'll get to the point where it I will just disappear. So I misspoke. We need to use the underlying image sliders, because that's where the image varies in brightness. So now this will work a little better. If I pull this in, watch the dark portion of the image, and eventually the colorizing effect should start disappearing. I see it's starting to go away now, so I'm gonna bring that in, and so it just starts to go away. Then I'll hold on the option key to split the slaughter, and I'll continue pulling it in. I'll pull it in quite a distance, and therefore it's not gonna be anywhere near a strong in the dark part of the picture. Then, in the bright part of the picture, I could start pulling this over until it disappears in the bright areas. But I think I can just start splitting it from the beginning. Pull this over, pull it over. Intel. We've limited it in the dark and the bright portion of the image. Now, the only thing is, we have a terrible color being used its vivid orange, and it should be a better skin tone. So I'm gonna throw that layer away because I already have one below it. That was a better color. And the only thing I need to do is get the blending sliders to be in there. So in order to get him to be in there, I'm actually gonna choose Revert to get me back to the original because I had the sliders applied, and I'll just turn him on. Here, take me just a sec. Okay? There we go. And, uh, let's see where they were. So here we're saying, fade out in the dark part of the picture on Lee, the tiniest bit brighter than black is where we should completely remove it and then fade out. Keep doing it less and less and less until you get to hear and do the same thing near the bright areas. So you could copy my sliders if you want to. I'll put him back to nothing so we can compare before and after. Here's with the sliders. Here's without look at the dark portion of the image and the bright I find that's essential to realistically. Adding color to a black and white image is limited, so you don't get as much color in the highlights. You don't get as much color in the shadows. I mean, just look at the yellow doors that air here and look at how much less colorful it is in the shadowy areas, and as you get towards black, the color pretty much disappears.

Class Description

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  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail


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