Colorizing a Black and White Image


Adobe® Photoshop® Intensive


Lesson Info

Colorizing a Black and White Image

All right, let's craze on with our colorizing a black and white photo technique this's a handy one so what I'm gonna do is temporarily hide the layer that already created for you the one cleverly named paint so I'm going to click the little visibility eyeball next to the layer thumbnail on its left given a single click and you'll be seeing the original image now let's talk for just a second about what we want to do this color this photo did not have any color in it at all to begin with what we want to do is add colors is a great project for restoration right away for you photographers earn a few extra bucks, so yes, so we want to create an empty layer onto which we can add our paint for several different reasons one in case we mess up, we don't want to be spray painting original image what if the client changes their mind on the color? What if we change our mind on the color? What if we don't have a steady hand and we make a mistake? So the second reason is if we were just a spray pain...

t on top of this image the spray paint would cover up the texture that's actually in the image so we would end up with a brown guitar but it would be a solid brown you would not see the wood texture through the pain so for those two reasons, we're going to add our paint on a whole nother layer, so this time we're going to create an empty image later. This is the first time we've done this, so, of course, half a dozen ways you can get this done in the program you can choose from the layer mini, which is what we've been using mainly so far. She's layer, new layer that's going to create a regular image layer, flushable asked what you'd like to name it. You can cleverly called this one brown paint or born paint, which is similar to brown but not quite kidding. Press ok in a new layer appears in the layers panel, and you're seeing the transparency museum in because it's empty at this point. Okay, so the thumbnail itself is has the checkerboard pattern of transparent city. Another way to add a new image layer would be to single click thie new layer icon at the bottom right of the layers panel looks like a piece of paper with an upturned corner. Okay, you can do it that way as well. So here we have our new layer and it's active because it's highlighted. Now we need to pick out a color for our pain, so we're going to do that by single clicking our foreground color chip at the bottom of our tools panel that's going to summon the color picker so minds yellow right now, so I'm going to give a single click up pops the color picker. Now, this time last time we use the style log, I snatched color that already lived in the image well, I don't have it in color in the image, so I need to make it up so I'm gonna come over here to the color range rainbow slider bar and I'm gonna drag the slider down so the orange round I do like dragging the sliders. I know you can just click, but I kind of like dragging because it lets me get a good preview of all the different colors in that range over here in this area. So I'm going to say that that looks about right, and you do have to make that other clique within that big box right here to let flesh not nohow lighter, how dark you want that color to be, okay, so go ahead and click ok, once you got your color set and then you will see that change reflected at the bottom of your tools panel in your foreground color chip so now we're ready to grab the paintbrush I'm gonna press b to grab the brush tool you can see it activate over here in the tools panel and now from the options bar in the brush preset picker I want to give that down we're pointing triangle a single click for the sheer purpose of choosing a soft edge brush okay, so there's hard edged brushes in their soft inch purses we don't want there to be a hard transition between the paint in the black and white picture underneath okay, we wanted to be a soft transition from the paint to the photo so ok make it look more realistic so to get that done we simply need to choose a soft bed brush. So how do you know which ones are soft and which ones are hard? Well, you simply look in this little preview menu and click one of the soft looking rushes ok, so there's three of them this one that one or that one doesn't matter which one you start out with because we can change the size as you've already seen of the brush cursor with our handy keyboard shortcut of the left and right bracket keys okay, so this preview box really is just letting you set brush tip the numbers underneath the tip previews are that brush tips size and pixels but again, if you know about the keyboard shortcut for the size, who cares what size they are right now because we're going to be changing those on the fly as we're painting? Okay? Well, we use a bigger brush for bigger areas, a smaller brush when we get near the edges, so just make sure that you have one of these three guys activated because that's a soft brush the previous shows you that it's soft the's air hard edge brushes you don't want to use that, ok, now I'm going to click that little triangle again to close that little panel and we'll mouse over to our image and we are ready to start painting, and when you do a technique like this, you'll probably want to zoom in to see what the heck you're doing. So go ahead and press command plus on a mac or control plus on a pc, and then you can move around within the image while yours aimed in in a couple different ways I'm using my scroll bars or my scroll p um I will mouse, but she can also use the space bar. If you click and hold down the space bar, you will summon the hand, even think of it as a grabby hand, so while you got the space bar held down, you're going to grab that image and then with your mouse click and drag around and that lead she moved to another area in your image while remaining zoomed in which is a nice feature to have okay now that I've got my car big and if I can see what I'm doing I'm gonna start painting and I'm not gonna take a whole lot of time or be really careful with this because I've already created the perfect layer for you over here and then was going to go ahead and add all my paint and another great thing about doing this on its own layer is that if you miss up like I've kind of gone outside the lines you can temporarily switch to the eraser tool in a race that pain to clean up your mistake in cs four I believe or see us five we got a new feature called spring loaded tools so right now I have the brush still active but I temporarily want to switch to the eraser toll I don't want to completely gutted the eraser talks and I'd have to switch back to brush tool I just want to temporarily activate the eraser tool so with spring loaded tools you can hold down the keyboard shortcut for that tool e for a racer while you're holding the iki down on your keyboard you are temporarily switching to the eraser tool ok which is handy now I am seeing that my racer tool I think it's set toe hardage brush and you can change that as will by going up here um to the brush preset picker I'm still holding down the iki to temporarily activate my racer tool and I can click that little brush preset picker and grab a soft ege brush and come back and continue to find tune my mistakes okay so soon as I released the iki for a racer I'm back to my brush tool so that saves you a step ok so let's say that this is fine okay museum back out a little bit so you can see the whole image I've got my pain on there and that's looking good but I can't see any of the texture from the guitar so I need to change the way the color on one layer interacts blends with cancels out color on other layers that I have in my image in the way you can do that is by changing this poppet menu at the very top of the layers panel and it's called the blend mod menu layer blend mode mini someone a zoom in so you can see where it isthe this little poppet many at the very top of your layers panel it's set to normal straight from the factory but there's a mode in here in which is perfect for colorizing an image that doesn't have any color saw zoom back out a little bit we're going to using blend modes for the rest of the afternoon so as you use them you will start to understand someone to go ahead and click that poppet menu and you'll see it was and gobs of options in this menu kind of a scary men you've not been in there before and all these different bloom modes change the way color is interacting between layers color can cancel each other out color can overlap color can blend as if it were mixed ok which is a little bit of what we're going to do so the blimp but that you want for adding color to an image that does it have any is cleverly called q ok hugh you can think of is another word for color it actually stands for pure color color that hasn't been mixed a hue okay but just think of it as a color so go ahead and choose hugh and nothing happened what I meant to say was choose overlay there's actually a couple of them that will work he was the one that we're going to use for changing color like if you think it's harbor brown and we wanted to make it rid that we could use that so there's a couple other ones that will work for this overlay is one of them you're going to get a slightly lighter color then the color you chose in the color picker when you use overlay another good one that works is called color and that's the easiest one to remember so soon as I click color then my the color of the guitar it looks more like the foreground color chip that I actually picked okay, so you want to change that blend mode many at the top of your layers panel to color case the next to the last one and like I said, overlay will also work that you end up with a lighter content of the color than you originally picked so we'll go back to color and that's all there is to colorizing a grey scale that's it your biggest challenge will be laying down the paint okay, so as soon as I changed that blend mode I'm gonna use my space bar trick to move over in the image I can better see the areas in which I need to paint so you can change the blend motive that menu or that layer rather even before you start painting because that might help you because then you can see through to the image below and you can actually see where your edges are ok, so let's do that one one more time with another fun image with another fun in this theory you know this is not me but it looks a lot like my baby pictures goodness so I wanted I wanted to keep a little kid to use with this this technique and I never had kids of my own I have cats so I did something really efficient I went toe I stock photo and I bought this child for a dollar and that worked out well for me okay, so we're going to the same thing again so I'm going to hide the layer that I already created that has the perfectly finished paint on it so I'm gonna toggle the visibility I off on that later to temporarily hide it that we're going to add a new layer for our paints we don't want to screw up our original image, so this time I'm going to use the new layer icon at the bottom right of the layers panel so I'll give that a single click if you use that icon that I just did the little a piece of paper with that turn corner you do not get a naming dialog box that's no big deal because you can still just double click the layer name and call it whatever you'd like so sixteen one and half dozen in the other using the layer menu new layer will trigger dialogue that lets you name it. Okay ok, so now we need to tell our paintbrush what color we want to paint with so we're gonna single click that foreground colored ship again it's a single click nana doubleclick and we need tio clique within the pink range of colors and then I'm going to come over here and choose a light tent of pink click ok and now my color chip updates itself so it's now set to pink so now I can come over here and paint the dress I'm gonna press my red bracket key to go up in oversize grabbed the big areas make it smaller and a lot of times when I'm colorizing I will keep two fingers on those bracket keys because that allows me to quickly change brush size as I'm painting okay, so we'll call that done we'll give her a little paint on her on her little gloves they're so cute okay, so we'll call that done now all that's left to do is change the layer blend mode to make the color a little see through so we can see through through the texture of that dress underneath so we're going to click our blend mode poppet menu at the top of the layers panel in this time we're going to go straight for color the next to the last one in that list and seriously for you know a friday night for some entertainment friday or saturday night open your favorite beverage and just go through all these blend modes and see what the heck lady that's how I learned so I quit color and instantly I can see through to the texture on the dress underneath and again let's say we were still painting so now I could come in and zoom in he's my space bar and if I were doing this for a client I would zoom way in and I would take a lot of time because you're charging for the hour, right? Yeah and again, if you happen to paint outside the lines don't go grab the eraser tool from the tools panel just press and hold the e key to temporarily switch to the eraser tool keep holding there in the ae qi and you can fix your mistakes on the fly as you make them release the key and then go back to painting it's a very efficient way toe work with those spring loaded tools. Yes, sir. If you want to change your past they would it change the blend layer amount or would it change the color? We're both great question. If I want to change the capacity to maybe get a lighter shade of pink I simply make sure that the paint layer is active and then I dropped the opacity and the opacity control is a layer specific control so it's only dropping capacity of the paint. Okay, so I can get a lighter tent of pink that way. Any questions on that one for we cruise on to something else? The question from d winnick what if you make strokes on the same place by accident and it turns the color darker? What can I do to avoid that I'm not sure how he would make the color darker. If you're just painting with a brush tool with with the default settings and the options bar a painting over that paint does not add a double coat it's not giving any darker, so there must be another setting this going on there. Deepika lt's asked if there's a brush mass tool that keeps paying from crossing over lines. No, there is not ok it be really cool if there were, yes, is there any way of like outlining it unjust, unjust, saying, phil, is there a way of outlining it and then saying, phil yes, tomorrow, when we get into the selection tools, you can draw selection around the item you want to cull, arise and then fill it with pain. So absolutely, yes question from rock star is, is the alignment and moving layers on lee and see us five no it's been there for a while. Thanks. Yeah, you just won't see it unless you've got the move to active and more than one layer activated.

Class Description

In this special photoshop tutorial, you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop® CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop you'll dig into Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop.

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1


1Introduction: Nitty Gritty Basics + Layers 2Workspace Overview 3Q&A: Workspace 4The Truth About Resolution and File Formats 5Changing Resolution Without Changing Quality 6Q&A: Resolution and File Formats 7Resizing with the Crop Tool 8Cropping with the Ruler Tool 9Resizing with Content-Aware Scale 10Resizing for Print/Web 11Layers and Layer Types 12Duplicating, Moving, and and Aligning Layers 13Q&A: Layers 14Creating Reflections 15Layer Alignment Tools 16Simple Slimming Technique (Resizing Layers) 17Colorizing a Black and White Image 18Creating a Solid Color Fade with Fill Layers 19Layer Masks: Hand Painted Image Collage 20Layer Masks: Gradient Mask Collage 21Layer Blend Mode Collage (Include Load Images as Stack) 1Using Selections Part 1 2Using Selections Part 2 3Q&A: Selection Tools 4Color Selections: Fixing Animal White Eyes 5Tightening Up Layer Masks 6Painting Selections with QuickMasks 7Using Vector Drawing Tools 8Vector Shapes: Creating an Oval Vignette 9Vector Shapes: Rounded Edges to Photo 10Use Channels to Create Selections 11Tough Selections Around Hair & Fur 12Refine Edges Part 1 13Refine Edges Part 2 14Creative Edges on Photos 15Embellishing with Vector Art 16Creative Vector Photo Frames 17Editing Smart Objects 18Smart Objects Template: Creating Dark Edge Vignette 1Smart Objects: Selective Blurring 2Smart Objects: Selective Sharpening 3Sharpening with the High Pass Filter 4Q&A: Sharpening 5Auto Color Adjustments 6Shadows and Highlights 7Using Levels 8When to Use Smart Objects 9Using Curves 10Lightening and Darkening with Blend Modes 11Enhancing Eyes and Teeth 12Changing Colors with Hue/Saturation 13Changing Colors by Hand Painting 14Faux Dodge/Burn: Reduce Wrinkle 15Color to Black and White 1Healing Brush 2Content Aware Fill 3Using Text in Photoshop 4Designing with Baseline Shift 5OpenType Fonts 6Placing Text Behind an Object 7Barely There Text: Faded and Hollow Text 8Pushing Photos Through Text 9Adding Texture to Your Text 10Convert Text to Paths 11Combine Images using Advanced Blending 12Realistic Photo Aging 13Faking HDR 14Wrapping Texture Around an Object