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TUTORIAL 2.5: B&W/COLOR

April 23rd, 2005 (11:14 pm)

Requirements: Photoshop
Info: Black and white pictures, adding color to certain spots. Essentially the same as tutorial #2 (hence, #2.5!), but cool enough to deserve its own entry. ;)

We'll be going from this:


to this:



Let's start off with this picture of Penelope Cruz (again).


Sharpen it using the Unsharp Mask (Filter --> Sharpen -- Unsharp Mask). Play around with the settings, although mine is usually set to: amount = 35%, radius = 1.0 pixels, and threshold = 0. Once you're done with that, crop it down to 100x100. If it looks kind of grainy, use the smudge tool with a small sized brush and low strength (e.g. size 11, 13% strength) and use it over her face. Make sure you don't blur the lines of her nose etc. otherwise it'll end up looking blurry instead of the smooth effect you want.


Next, I duplicated the layer and desaturated it (Ctrl + Shift + U, or Image --> Adjustments --> Desaturate). Then, duplicate the layer once. DO NOT delete the colored layer! You'll need it later for adding color. Set the duplicated layer to overlay.


Duplicate the colored layer on the very bottom, and bring it on top of the black and white layers. Decide where you want color to show up, and start erasing, focusing on one object. This time, I decided I wanted her dress, lips, and the flower on her dress. So on this layer, I erased everything but the dress.


Duplicate the colored layer on the very bottom again, and set it on top of all the layers. This time, I wanted her lips, so I erased everything on this layer lips. They're pretty small in the picture, so I magnified the picture and used a small round solid brush to erase the area around her lips. Using variations (Image --> Adjustments --> Variations), I changed her lip color to a more red shade.


The flower on the dress isn't that important, but it does have some color to it. So, duplicate the bottom colored layer, put it on top of all the layers, and then erase everything but the flower.


This looks okay, but I think there is too much black and white background. So I duplicated the bottom colored layer, brought it on top, and erased the top part of the background (the sky). Next, I chose a moderatedly sized feathered round brush, lowered the opacity of it, and erased the sky. So now I have a lightly colored sea in the background.


I then added a light texture by inxsomniax, and set it on screen. It looked nice, but it blocked out some parts of her erase, so I took my trusty eraser tool, and erased the parts that covered her face.



Still a bit plain, so I added a new blank layer, and I used a heart brush by jeweledicecream, and a baby text brush by ohpaintbrush in a darker color than her dress (use the eyedropper tool [or "I" on your keyboard] to get the color of her dress). And you're done!


I'd love to see any icons that you make with this! :)

Comments

Posted by: lazy_fairy (lazy_fire)
Posted at: April 24th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)

*adds to memories*awesome tut and gorgeous icon!thanks for sharing!

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
hanson

You're welcome! ♥

Posted by: Adrienne (blifme)
Posted at: April 24th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)

All the tutorials are great! I'm adding you as my friend :).

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
antm

Added you back. :)

Posted by: __starpower (__starpower)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)

*gasps* kahlen! your icon!! Beautifull!!!!

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)

Grazie! I made it for antmicontest, but didn't place. Oh well! :)

Posted by: Adrienne (blifme)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)

Yay! :)

Posted by: Jessica (crayons15)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)

added to my memories! Will credit when used!

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)

Great, thank you! ♥

Posted by: So Cordial, So Rotten. (girl_rotten)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)

I couldn't find that texture, do you have a direct link to where I can find it?

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)

I found one of her entries here, and another one here. I believe those are the two texture packs I downloaded, so the one I used is in there somewhere.

Posted by: Meteor☆Burst (quill_chan)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)

I love how it's not complicated and makes gorgeous results. XD *thumbs up*

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 25th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)

Thank you. :)

Posted by: Mary ~Friend to the Sprites~ (marymc)
Posted at: April 26th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)

Excellent tutorial! Thank you very much! It's so much simpler than it looks and it can work for any number of icons.

This is what I came up with (of course, my n00b-ness is shining through, but I'm learning!)




Thank you!

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 26th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)

It looks great! :)

Posted by: nightcomes (nightcomes)
Posted at: April 28th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)

Added this to memories. Lovely tut!

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: April 29th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)

Thank you! :)

Posted by: K.T. (tanie_05)
Posted at: May 4th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
The Love Below - tanie_05

This tutorial was awesome! I used it to make this icon; thanks!

Posted by: By Jove, I think I've got it! (byjove)
Posted at: May 4th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)

You're welcome! :)

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