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Color tinting an image

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I am going to make a very color tinted portrait, a very stylized color tinted portrait, inspired in a roundabout way by the cover artwork for Joni Mitchell's album Blue. So this is where I am aiming for. And here is our starting point. Step number one, I need to desaturate the image, and I am going to do this by choosing a Black & White adjustment layer. So we now have a Black & White version of this image. Then I'm going to tint it by clicking on the Tint checkbox and click on the Color Swatch to specify the color of the Tint that I want.

Color tinting an image

I am going to make a very color tinted portrait, a very stylized color tinted portrait, inspired in a roundabout way by the cover artwork for Joni Mitchell's album Blue. So this is where I am aiming for. And here is our starting point. Step number one, I need to desaturate the image, and I am going to do this by choosing a Black & White adjustment layer. So we now have a Black & White version of this image. Then I'm going to tint it by clicking on the Tint checkbox and click on the Color Swatch to specify the color of the Tint that I want.

I am going to key in the numbers that I used in the final version, so we can get the same result. And those numbers are 24 Red, 61 Green 135 Blue. The problem I see with the image right now is that the Highlights are too bright. So I am going to add another adjustment layer, a Curves adjustment layer and to give the image most somber tone, I am going to flatten the Highlights.

By coming to my Curve I am going to bring the Highlights of the Curve down to output level 148. So you can see that's pretty flattened the highlights, especially on the face. If we zoom in, we no longer have quite the same hotspots on the faces we did before. But the highlights is still a bit too hot, so in the next step what I am going to do is now turn off my two adjustment layers, go to my background layer, and I'm now going to load the Luminance channel by holding down the Command or Ctrl key and Clicking on the RGB channel, the composite channel.

So this will load the bright pixels in the image as a selection, I am then going to copy that selection to a new layer, Command+J or Ctrl+J. And if we take a look at that layer by itself, that's how it looks. Now the purpose is this, is I am going to do two things here. My objective is I want to get rid of the pores on the cheek and soften the highlights on the nose. I am going to come to the Image menu and to Adjustments and first of all I am going to apply the Equalize adjustment.

And secondly, I'm going to go to Filter and apply a Blur to that layer, just a small amount of blurring to soften out the pores in the skin. Let's just backup, here's the before, here's the after, when we see that in the context of our Black & White and our Curves adjustment layer, this is how the image now looks.

I would like to do two more things. One is to deepen the shadows and the other is to brighten the midtones. So to do this I am going to show just the background layer in isolation by holding down the Option or Alt key and clicking on it's eyeball and then come to the Select menu and to Color Range, and I am going to choose first of all Shadows. That's a selection of all the shadow areas. I am then going to return to the background layer, Command+J or Ctrl+J to copy those shadows to a new layer and then I am going to change the Blending Mode of that new layer.

That's how the shadows look by them selves. I will turn on all of the layers that I have so far, let's name that layer and then change Blend Mode to Color Burn. That's going to make the shadows a lot deeper. Then, same procedure, but this time for the midtones, turn off all the layers that you have, so that we are looking at just the background layer so that we are sampling the midtown values from the original background layer.

Color Range > Midtones and Command+J or Ctrl+J to copy the midtown values to a separate layer, and now I am going to put the midtones above the shadows and just to be consistent, I am going to name that layer and then I am going to change the Blending Mode of the midtone layer to Color Dodge, which is going to lighten the midtones. Now that's lightening the midtones, perhaps too much, depending on how stylize we want this to be.

So I'm going to then reduce the Opacity of that layer to about 20%, and there is our finished version, here is what we started with. So we have two adjustment layers, one to desaturate and apply the Color Tint, the other to flatten the tonal values, and then three additional layers, one to deepen the shadows, one to brighten the midtones, and one to soften the skin.

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Photoshop for Designers: Color

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Nigel French
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 25m 26s
    1. Defining color terms
      2m 38s
    2. Understanding the color wheel
      4m 3s
    3. Understanding color relationships
      1m 7s
    4. Using Kuler to understand color harmony rules and create color palettes
      4m 2s
    5. Using the Kuler web site
      3m 10s
    6. Colors on screen and on paper
      1m 42s
    7. Color as a signifier
      3m 14s
    8. Color inspirations
      2m 39s
    9. Color and accessibility
      2m 51s
  3. 38m 22s
    1. Demystifying the Color Picker
      2m 57s
    2. Understanding the role of foreground and background colors
      5m 39s
    3. Choosing colors
      6m 41s
    4. Managing swatches
      7m 40s
    5. Transparency
      9m 42s
    6. Color channels
      5m 43s
  4. 41m 4s
    1. Understanding additive and subtractive color
      2m 57s
    2. RGB mode
      1m 56s
    3. CMYK mode
      2m 41s
    4. Lab mode
      3m 49s
    5. Indexed mode
      2m 16s
    6. Grayscale mode
      5m 0s
    7. Color management
      14m 15s
    8. Color depth (8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-bit)
      4m 19s
    9. Monitor calibration
      3m 51s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Evaluating color with the Histogram panel
      3m 18s
    2. Evaluating color with the Info panel
      1m 48s
    3. Boosting color with levels
      3m 48s
    4. Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
      7m 38s
    5. Manually setting the black and white point
      3m 50s
    6. Curves
      6m 21s
  6. 18m 30s
    1. What is color correction?
      5m 45s
    2. White balancing in Camera Raw
      1m 46s
    3. Color correction with color balance
      1m 34s
    4. Color balancing using photo filters
      1m 26s
    5. Color correction with variations
      4m 27s
    6. Color correction by the numbers
      3m 32s
  7. 33m 14s
    1. Selecting color with the Magic Wand
      4m 43s
    2. Selecting color with the Quick Selection tool
      2m 26s
    3. Selecting color with Color Range
      4m 0s
    4. Neutralizing whites with the Multiply blend mode
      2m 55s
    5. Neutralizing blacks with the Screen blend mode
      57s
    6. Masking colors with the Blend If sliders
      2m 54s
    7. Masking hair with a channel mask and removing contaminant colors
      2m 58s
    8. Shifting targeted colors using Hue/Saturation
      5m 4s
    9. Matching colors using Hue/Saturation
      3m 16s
    10. Matching colors using the Match Color command
      1m 36s
    11. Matching colors using the Color blend modes
      2m 25s
  8. 21m 8s
    1. Saturating colors
      4m 9s
    2. Desaturating colors
      1m 57s
    3. Desaturating in Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    4. Creating a color accent with selective saturation
      2m 38s
    5. Enhancing a sunrise with a gradient map
      5m 49s
    6. Increasing vibrance
      1m 19s
    7. Using selective color
      2m 15s
  9. 32m 42s
    1. Designing with spot colors
      12m 15s
    2. Adding a fifth color to a CMYK image
      5m 0s
    3. Adding spot colors to a grayscale image
      5m 24s
    4. Create a metallic print effect
      3m 8s
    5. Creating duotones, tritones, and quadtones
      6m 55s
  10. 30m 45s
    1. Creating a silkscreen print look with a limited color palette
      7m 59s
    2. Combining color with black and white
      2m 22s
    3. Creating a nostalgic travel poster using the Cut Out filter
      6m 27s
    4. Mapping an image to a color look up table (CLUT)
      7m 56s
    5. Converting to black and white
      6m 1s
  11. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a hand-tinted portrait (the easy way)
      3m 29s
    2. Creating a hand-tinted portrait (the harder way)
      11m 23s
    3. Creating an Andy Warhol look
      4m 44s
    4. Applying a gradient map
      4m 4s
    5. Sepia toning an image
      8m 41s
    6. Color tinting an image
      5m 15s
    7. Split toning an image
      2m 9s
    8. Working with line art
      8m 49s
  12. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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