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May 1, 2012 4:12 PM

 
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    May 1, 2012 4:14 PM   in reply to Community Help

    I want to grayscale a color photo and then color one object in the photo without losing the lines and definition of the object...How do I do that?  I think it is called colore blending, but have no idea what tools to use?

     
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    May 1, 2012 4:25 PM   in reply to skigirl48
    1. Open your picture file
    2. Then, open a hue/saturation adjustment layer above the background layer
    3. Slide the saturation slider all the way to the left
    4. Access the brush tool, and set the foreground color chip (lower left) to black
    5. Paint with the black brush where you want to see color. If you go too far, correct with a white brush
     
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    May 1, 2012 5:24 PM   in reply to hatstead

    If you want to color an object with a color of your choice, try the following:

     

    http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1geX99W6kpbXjbTwl90x0D5AFXRp B1

     

    1. Duplicate the background layer
    2. Go to Enhance>adjust color>remove color
    3. Make a selection of the object (the rear of the car in my print screen) with one of the selection tools
    4. Go to Layer>new>layer via copy
    5. Open a solid color adjustment layer above the layer with the object, and select the desired color
    6. Clip the two layers (press CTRL+G)
    7. You can cycle through the blending modes and change the layer opacity of the adjustment layer to suit

     

    Here I reduced the layer opacity to 66%, and using a black brush hid the red color over the license plate

     

    http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1b0jPoWGI2Q91W6vC6JlGWWYz7Co IV

     
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    May 1, 2012 8:18 PM   in reply to Community Help

    Open your colour photo and use either the Smart Brush or Detail Smart Brush tool, and select the Reverse Effects...Reverse Black and White using the "Inverse" option.

     

    Ken

     
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    May 2, 2012 9:22 AM   in reply to photodrawken

    That works technically, but one is restricted to the color presets in the smart brush tool, the one with the gears.

    The range of colors available via the color picker is vastly superior, in my opinion.

     
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    May 2, 2012 10:18 AM   in reply to hatstead

    It all depends on what exactly the OP wants to do -- retaining the original colours of the object or changing its colour to something else.

     

    Ken

     
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    May 2, 2012 11:02 AM   in reply to photodrawken

    Haven't heard back from op.

     
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    May 2, 2012 12:33 PM   in reply to hatstead

    Sorry...I am new to this...I am attaching the photo here...I want to change

    it to greyscale but have the lantern remain red, but pale?  I don't want to

    lose the structure of the lantern...Can I do that ?

     
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    May 2, 2012 12:46 PM   in reply to skigirl48

    You can't attach a picture in e-mail and have it show up on the forum page.

    In the reply box here, click on the camera icon and insert the image.

    We will be watching for your posting with the picture.

     
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    May 2, 2012 12:53 PM   in reply to hatstead

    sorry don't see a camera icon?

     
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    May 2, 2012 1:05 PM   in reply to skigirl48

    Capture.JPG

     
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    May 2, 2012 1:43 PM   in reply to skigirl48

    You need to visit the PSE forum using your computer's browser, then you'll see the icon that hatstead showed you.

     

    Ken

     
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    May 2, 2012 8:31 PM   in reply to skigirl48

    That can be easily done.

     

    Here's the original image:

    Chinese Red Lantern 02 original.png

    1. Use the Smart Brush tool as I described, with the "Reverse Effects...Reverse Black and White" mode and the "Inverse" box checked.  Switch back and forth between the "Add" and "Subtract" modes to get a good selection.  You can also switch to the Detail Smart Brush tool with the same options to precisely paint the image in problematic areas.  When you're finished, the image will look like this:
      Chinese Red Lantern 02 reverse BW.png
    2. Depending on what you mean by wanting the lantern to be "paler", you'll use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and adjust the Saturation and Lightness sliders to suit.  I used a Saturation of -37, and a Lightness of +26.

     

    The layers wind up like this:

    Chinese Red Lantern 02 layers.png

     

    And the final result:

    Chinese Red Lantern 02 final.png

     

    Ken

     
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    May 7, 2012 8:41 AM   in reply to photodrawken

    \This worked for me the first time, now the brush starts putting square

    spaces I don't want...I am so confused!

     
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    May 7, 2012 8:53 AM   in reply to skigirl48

    now the brush starts putting square spaces I don't want

    For this, I think it would help if you could post a screenshot here.

     
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    May 9, 2012 7:34 AM   in reply to Barbara B.

    how do you do that?

     
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    May 9, 2012 10:27 AM   in reply to skigirl48

    You must log in to the Adobe PSE forum:

    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/997640?tstart=0

    using your browser.  Then, when using the reply editor, you will see the icon to add an image.  It's the icon that hatstead showed you.

     

    Ken

     
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    May 9, 2012 8:01 PM   in reply to Community Help

    Ok...thanks everyone...I finally got it...

     
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    May 12, 2012 1:30 AM   in reply to skigirl48

    Much easier way to color a B*W pic...thats if you have the picture you want already in the color you want.  PSE > Under Edit mode...GUIDE then scroll to the bottom >Click Style Match, it will double your pic both in there own window..side by side add any type of b&w pic from google or wherever then>transfer tones and all your pic is b&w form ..use the sliders to adjust the clarity,intesity and details if you want....then > click the style eraser and erase over top of the part you want colored...you make an error no worries .....use the style painter brush to correct it. HTH..

     
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