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Hand Tinting a Photograph with Photoshop

with Tim Shelbourne

Again, modify the color after applying the initial covering of blue and add a few touches of a darker purple shade.

To help keep the colors separate in complicated areas, try selecting a particular area first and then painting within the active selection. Here I've isolated the dancer's bodice by painting a Quick Mask onto the area first.

Entering QuickMask mode
(See the Tip below for more on using Quick Mask mode.)

Exit Quick Mask mode (hit Q) to activate the selection, and
paint the color into the selection.

Applying Color

Here I've continued to paint yellows and oranges into the dancer's tutu using the Brush tool on the tinting layer.

To complete the image, I've zoomed into the ballerina's feet and applied a little color to her shoes.

Dancers hand tinted
(Here's a rollover of the Before & After)

Tip Making a selection with Quick Mask

Quick Mask mode is a great way to make accurate selections.

Enter Quick Mask by hitting Q on the keyboard.

With black as the foreground color, paint an overlay onto the image over any areas of the image you wish to select. The masked areas will appear to be red, even though you are painting with black as the foreground color.

When you have painted all of the areas you want to select, hit Q again to quit Quick Mask mode.

You will now have an active selection in the shape of the mask you just painted.

This is a sample spread from the book Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook


cover Tim Shelbourne worked for 20 years as a traditional artist and illustrator before converting to digital image making. Tim specializes in digital fine art and photo-manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Painter. (consistently producing stunning Photographic Effects; Watercolor Paintings, Oil Paintings, special texture effects, and unique assemblages.) His tutorials are published regularly in Total Digital Photography magazine. (Back to top of article)


Also see:
Tim Shelbourne's Watercolor Effects from the Photoshop Photo Effects Cookbook - 61 Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Digital Photographers, Designers, and Artists (Download: 15 MB PDF Format)

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Photoshop Retouching Cookbook for Digital Photographers with 113 Easy-to-Follow Recipes to Improve Your Photos and Create Special Effects By Barry Huggins ... tells you everything you need to know to adjust, correct, retouch, and manipulate your photographs-without making you first learn everything there is to know about Photoshop CS2. Sample Excerpt: Motion Blurring and Removing Skin Blemishes & Wrinkles (PDF Format)

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