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Deke's Techniques is a collection of short Photoshop and Illustrator projects and creative effects that can be completed in ten minutes or less. The series is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away.
Hey gang, this is Deke McClelland. Welcome to Deke's Techniques. This week, a really quick little movie, just a couple of minutes long. About how you can take this background, and colorize it. Not using hue saturation or gradient map, or any adjustment layer. But rather, by using a color overlay effect. It's so easy, a child could do it. Finally, addict's techniques for the children. Here, let me show you. All right, so here's my composition in progress. As you can see over here in the layers panel, I have a ton of groups expanded.
If you want to collapse them all at the same time, then you can press the Control key, or the Command key on the Mac, and click on any of those triangles in front of the folder icon. Now, I'm going to click on the forest layer to make it active. I'll click on the FX icon and choose Color Overlay in order to colorize that layer. As a couple of different ways to work here. If you wanted to turn this layer grey, then you would go ahead and click on the color swatch. And take the saturation value down to 0%. And you probably, want to change the brightness value to 50% as well, just so that you can see it's gray, even though that's not absolutely essential that you do that. But the saturation does have to be 0, then you would click OK, and you would change the blend mode from normal to saturation.
And because you're working with a no saturation color, that's going to turn the layer gray as your seeing here in the background. But it only does so altogether non-destructively. You can just turn off this effect anytime you want in order to bring back those original colors. But what we want to do, is colorize this layer, so I'll turn the effects back on, and I'll click on the color swatch there, and I'll dial in the color I'm looking for, which is a hue of 20, a saturation of 100%, and a brightness of 50% is just fine, then I'll click OK.
Now what we're seeing is this very vivid saturation level applied to all the original colors, inside this forest layer, which obviously is not what we want. But you have so many options available to you now. If you want to run a straight colorization, you just select the color mode. An you'll apply both the hue and the saturation levels associated with this new color. If you want to produce a more subtle effect, where you respect the original saturation values in the layer, but you replace the hue values. Then you would switch to hue, in order to achieve an effect that looks like this.
You could multiply the color in as well. If you want to create a very dark effect, you could screen the color if you want to create a very light effect. So, in other words you have a million different options available to you, or at least 20 or so because that's how many blend modes there are. I'm going to switch however, to one of the contrast modes, and again you can go with any one you like, but for my money I was able to achieve the best effect using overlay, and now to apply that color, I'll just go ahead and click OK.
Just to complete this composition, I'll turn on the text layer at the top of the stack. And that, folks, is how you colorize a single layer using the color overlay layer effect, combined with any number of blend modes, here inside Photoshop. All right, that was fun, right? Next week, something completely different. I'm going to show you how to take this portrait shot and turn it into this dot drawing. Deke's techniques, each and every week. Keep watching.
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