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Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

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Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

Ben Willmore

Adobe Photoshop: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Ben Willmore

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104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image


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2 Bridge vs. Lightroom Duration:06:39
3 Tour of Photoshop Interface Duration:18:21
4 Overview of Bridge Workspace Duration:07:42
9 Developing Raw Images Duration:30:33
11 How to Save Images Duration:03:37
12 Using the Transform Tool Duration:04:48
14 Selection Tools Duration:05:55
15 Combining Selection Tools Duration:07:37
17 Quick Mask Mode Duration:05:07
18 Select Menu Essentials Duration:21:28
20 Align Active Layers Duration:07:29
21 Creating a New Layer Duration:06:15
22 Creating a Clipping Mask Duration:03:02
23 Using Effects on Layers Duration:11:24
24 Using Adjustment Layers Duration:16:44
25 Using the Shape Tool Duration:04:39
30 Adding Texture to Images Duration:09:11
35 Understanding Curves Duration:06:18
36 Editing an Image Using Curves Duration:18:41
39 Editing with Blending Modes Duration:08:04
40 Color Theory Duration:05:59
41 Curves for Color Duration:16:52
42 Hue and Saturation Adjustments Duration:08:59
44 Match Colors Using Numbers Duration:16:59
45 Adjusting Skin Tones Duration:05:25
52 Clone Between Documents Duration:13:19
53 Crop Tool Duration:10:07
54 Frame Tool Duration:02:59
56 Paint Brush Tools Duration:13:33
57 History Brush Tool Duration:06:27
58 Eraser and Gradient Tools Duration:03:06
60 Blur and Shape Tools Duration:11:06
61 Dissolve Mode Duration:09:24
62 Multiply Mode Duration:15:29
63 Screen Mode Duration:14:08
64 Hard Light Mode Duration:14:54
66 Smart Filters Duration:11:32
67 High Pass Filter Duration:13:40
68 Blur Filter Duration:05:59
69 Filter Gallery Duration:07:42
70 Adaptive Wide Angle Filter Duration:04:43
71 Combing Filters and Features Duration:04:45
72 Select and Mask Duration:20:04
73 Manually Select and Mask Duration:08:08
74 Creating a Clean Background Duration:21:19
75 Changing the Background Duration:13:34
76 Smart Object Overview Duration:08:37
77 Nested Smart Objects Duration:09:55
78 Scale and Warp Smart Objects Duration:09:08
79 Replace Contents Duration:06:55
80 Raw Smart Objects Duration:10:20
83 Panoramas Duration:13:15
84 HDR Duration:11:20
85 Focus Stacking Duration:04:02
86 Time-lapse Duration:11:18
87 Light Painting Composite Duration:08:05
88 Remove Moire Patterns Duration:06:11
89 Remove Similar Objects At Once Duration:09:52
91 Replace a Repeating Pattern Duration:06:50
95 Warping Duration:11:03
96 Liquify Duration:14:02
97 Puppet Warp Duration:12:52
98 Displacement Map Duration:10:36
99 Polar Coordinates Duration:07:19
100 Organize Your Layers Duration:11:02
101 Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss Duration:02:59
102 Layer Style: Knockout Deep Duration:12:34
103 Blending Options: Blend if Duration:13:18
105 Layer Comps Duration:08:30
106 Black-Only Shadows Duration:06:07
109 Create an Antique Color Action Duration:13:52
110 Create a Contour Map Action Duration:10:20
111 Faux Sunset Action Duration:07:20
112 Photo Credit Action Duration:05:54
113 Create Sharable Actions Duration:07:31
117 Scratch Disk Is Full Duration:06:02
118 Preview Thumbnail Duration:02:10

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Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image

Well here another picture. Karen. This time we're in Brazil. And sometimes I end up with a black and white photo that I want to colorize in. In this case, let's see here the color you're seeing and my wife skin is completely fake right now. I made it using these adjustment layers. And if I turn off the adjustment layers, you'll see there's her original skin and here's my fake skin original fake. I'm gonna make it. So it's half and half right now. She split right down the middle right here and half of its fake. Half of its were real. Let me show you how blending sliders are used and how it wouldn't look good had I not used them, I'm gonna turn off the blending sliders with them turned off. Right now I have the color rising, applying to all of Karen. Look into our eye sockets and it doesn't look natural. It shouldn't be that colorful in those areas. I'll click. OK, so this is just what we're applying, and I'll describe what's here, and, uh, we'll see if we can learn how to use it. First,...

let's turn off all adjustment layers and look at the original version of Karen with the original version of Karen. Look at how colorful the dark areas are. The shadowy areas in her eye sockets that's nowhere near its colorful is the cheek that's right out here. If you look at the shadowy area in here, that's nowhere near its colorful is the area that is here. And if you also look at the bright area, look at the highlight on her forehead. That's nowhere near its colorful. Is the area directly below it? If you look at the highlight right there, the highlight coming across here highlight right there. It contains less color than the areas that are not highlights. So what I did here is I'm ask Karen so that I just isolated her skin, and I threw in a black and white adjustment layer to pull all the color out just so I could experiment. Then, above that, I created what's called a solid color layer, which I'll do right now. I go to the adjustment layer icon. I choose solid color, and I can choose any color I want, and for now, I'll choose a terrible color. Then I can change the blending mode of that layer. And if I change the blending Moto a choice called color, it means apply the color from this layer to the brightness that's underneath. And when I do look at how colorful those areas are, I was pointing out the shady areas near her eyes. The shady area down in here. It's got a lot of color in it. Also, if you'll get the bright areas of the picture, thes highlights and thanks, they're very colorful. Well, if you wanted to add color to a black and white picture and you don't want it to look fake, then you need to use the blooding sliders. What you do is you come down here, choose FX blending options, and it doesn't matter which of these two you use, because the brightness of this layer in the brightness of what's underneath or about the same and what you want to do is say, Let's get this color rising off of the darkest part of the picture. And so you pull this in until you see the colorizing effect start to disappear. It might take a little while. They have to pull it over quite a distance, but eventually you should there happen instantaneously? Oh, I thought of something different. I was thinking this was an adjustment layer, and it's not. We can't use that this layer sliders, because this layer contains a single color, it's is if you painted with the paintbrush to it with an exact color. So at a certain point you'll get to the point where it I will just disappear. So I misspoke. We need to use the underlying image sliders, because that's where the image varies in brightness. So now this will work a little better. If I pull this in, watch the dark portion of the image, and eventually the colorizing effect should start disappearing. I see it's starting to go away now, so I'm gonna bring that in, and so it just starts to go away. Then I'll hold on the option key to split the slaughter, and I'll continue pulling it in. I'll pull it in quite a distance, and therefore it's not gonna be anywhere near a strong in the dark part of the picture. Then, in the bright part of the picture, I could start pulling this over until it disappears in the bright areas. But I think I can just start splitting it from the beginning. Pull this over, pull it over. Intel. We've limited it in the dark and the bright portion of the image. Now, the only thing is, we have a terrible color being used its vivid orange, and it should be a better skin tone. So I'm gonna throw that layer away because I already have one below it. That was a better color. And the only thing I need to do is get the blending sliders to be in there. So in order to get him to be in there, I'm actually gonna choose Revert to get me back to the original because I had the sliders applied, and I'll just turn him on. Here, take me just a sec. Okay? There we go. And, uh, let's see where they were. So here we're saying, fade out in the dark part of the picture on Lee, the tiniest bit brighter than black is where we should completely remove it and then fade out. Keep doing it less and less and less until you get to hear and do the same thing near the bright areas. So you could copy my sliders if you want to. I'll put him back to nothing so we can compare before and after. Here's with the sliders. Here's without look at the dark portion of the image and the bright I find that's essential to realistically. Adding color to a black and white image is limited, so you don't get as much color in the highlights. You don't get as much color in the shadows. I mean, just look at the yellow doors that air here and look at how much less colorful it is in the shadowy areas, and as you get towards black, the color pretty much disappears.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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