Figure 6.65 The position of the Hue slider determines
the color your tinted image will be.
Figure 6.64 Click the Colorize check box to add a
colored tint to any image.
Figure 6.63 Open the Hue/Saturation dialog box to
access the Colorize option.
Adding a Color Tint
to an Image
Using a technique called colorization, you
can add a single color tint to your images,
simulating the look of a hand-applied color
wash, or the warm, antique glow of an old
sepia-toned photograph. You can apply the
effect to any image, even if it was originally
saved as grayscale, as long as you first con-
vert it to RGB. In addition to colorizing an
entire image, you can use layers and layer
modes to tint specific areas or objects.
Because the shades of color you apply are
determined by the images original tonal val-
ues, photographs with good brightness and
contrast levels make the best candidates for
colorizing. (For information on tonal values
and levels, see “About Tonal Correction” in
Chapter 3.)
To colorize a large area of an image:
Using any of the selection or marquee
tools, select the area of your image you
want to colorize.
If you want to colorize an entire image,
it’s not necessary to make a selection.
From the Enhance menu, choose Adjust
Color > Adjust Hue/Saturation, or press
Ctrl+U/Command+U to open the Hue/
Saturation dialog box (Figure 6.63).
See that the Preview check box is selected,
and then click the Colorize check box
(Figure 6.64).
Clicking the Colorize check box converts
all the color in the image to a single hue.
Drag the Hue slider right or left until you
arrive at the color you like (Figure 6.65).
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Drag the Saturation slider to adjust its
Dragging the slider to the left moves the
color’s saturation value closer to gray,
while dragging it to the right moves its
value closer to a pure, fully saturated
Drag the Lightness slider to adjust the
color’s brightness values.
Dragging to the left dims the color’s
brightness value, shifting it closer to
black, while dragging to the right bright-
ens its value, shifting it closer to white.
Click OK to close the Hue/Saturation dia-
log box.
Your image is now composed of different
values of the single color hue you selected.
To colorize a specific area of an image:
From the Enhance menu, choose
Adjust Color > Remove Color, or press
Remember that although the Remove
Color command removes all color from
the image, it’s still an RGB file, and so
color can be introduced back into it.
On the Layers palette, click the New
Layer button to create a new layer above
your gray-toned base layer (Figure 6.66).
From the Blending Mode pop-up menu
on the Layers palette, select Color.
Select the Brush tool from the toolbox,
then on the options bar, use the Brush Size
slider to size your brush (Figure 6.67).
Youll want to select a brush size that will
allow you to comfortably paint within the
object you’ve chosen to colorize.
For more information on using the
Brush tool and its options, see Chapter 8,
“Painting and Drawing.
Figure 6.67 Select a brush size that will allow you to
easily paint each object in your image.
Figure 6.66 Create a new layer on which you’ll
apply your color tint effect.
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Figure 6.69 Paint directly on the new layer you created
to apply a color tint above the base image layer.
Figure 6.68 Use the Color Picker to select the colors
you want to apply.
At the bottom of the toolbox, click the
Foreground color swatch to open the
Color Picker, then select the color you
want to use to paint onto your image
(Figure 6.68).
Click OK to close the Color Picker.
Check that the new layer you created is
the active layer in the Layers palette, then
in the image window, paint onto the area
you want to colorize (Figure 6.69).
Because you’re painting on a layer with
the Color blending mode applied, all
of the tonal (grayscale) levels of the base
image layer will show through the color.
If you want to add a second color, repeat
steps 2 through 5 to create a new layer,
select a brush size, and choose a color,
then paint onto the next area (on the new
layer) just as you did before.
You can apply multiple colors to the same
layer and achieve the same effect as when
you apply colors to different layers. I prefer
to assign just one color per layer though,
because it gives me more control. I can
change the opacity level of each color sep-
arately, toggle the visibility of individual
color layers on and off, try applying differ-
ent colors to the same object, and even
experiment with some of the other blend-
ing modes. The Overlay mode, in particu-
lar, can yield some very pleasing results.
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