How to Color Black & White Image in Photoshop
Hi there in this video, we are going to add color where there was none Easy tricks with blending modes. Same in here with this dress was actually kind of a gray and we needed to add color all the way through to taking something that already was quite red and just enhancing it by painting a color on top and then finding an appropriate color mode. Alright, let's learn how to do that now in Photoshop. Alright, to get started. Let's go to oh six color and open up color modes 12 and three. So we'll start with coloring a black and white image and then we'll work through just some slightly harder ones where we really want to enhance dulled out colors. We're going to use color modes. So be it color mode one and we're going to create a new layer. Let's even give it a name. Let's go crazy color layer. So this is not essentially a black and white images, but we want to color the petals because there's no actual pigment in there that we can maybe use, say, the human saturation to change this one h...
ere has a easy contrast with the background. So we're going to use the quick selection tool to make a quick selection. Make sure you're on the right layer on the background layer. And I'm going to drag out Well look at the next example, that is less easy because this one has a nice clear background plus it has that pretty oil filter. Remember that from the last course oil paint. I didn't do it. It's from the photography here. So I've got this. It's looking good. There's some stuff in the middle. I'm going to hold down the old key and just get rid of it. It's fine for the moment. So back onto my, you can see my taking awhile. There's two reasons I've got auto enhance, turned on slows down the machine, but also I'm trying to film at the same time, which stresses my little computer out. It's beyond color layer. Let's pick a foreground color. I'm picking this pink. We're gonna use our trick. Remember hold down the option key on a Mac or a PC and hit the backspace key. It just fills our layer with our foreground color. Cool. So now we're going to use our blending modes and this is going to color it to dissolve. Not going to work. Never works darkened multiple is always a good one to get started with. Just work your way through until you find something that you like. Now again, remember what the shortcut was for this. Okay, because blending modes are a pain to work through. So remember beyond your move tool, you have to be on that. Hold down the shift key and use the plus. It's a weird looking but handy if you're doing things like that. Okay, so we've added a subtle color using soft light. Oh, that's pretty cool. So I'm just going to find something. Okay. It's over the top, but I like it color burn. Let's say a selection is not possible. Don't be afraid just to start painting in this dress here, I need to recover. So new layer, I'm going to pick up foreground color, it's going to be read. I'm going to use a brush tool and before I get to started I'm just going to kind of painting a big blob so that I can find the color mode that's going to work. So back to your selection tool shift and the plus key until you find something that kind of works for you. You might be doing different. Looks something that works for you. What am I looking for? I'm going for soft light again, I'm not going for like an over saturated red and because this is just too hard to select it, we're just going to paint it in and the nice thing about painting it in while it's already in blending mode, it's just going to make it a little because it's quite forgiving if you paint without it being on soft light, you can spend ages kind of trying to fix this edge when in fact the blending mode is quite forgiving. So soft light. Okay, I'm just gonna work my way around this Now in terms of brush sizes, just pick something that works for the image in terms of hardness, try and match whatever is there. So there's quite a bit of blurriness on the edge. So I'm going to turn the hardness down to about 80. Just kind of work my way around a cool little trick is you can click once, say you've got a reasonably straight line, let's say this, but here I can click once hold shift and click again and it joins the two dots. I find that's a quick way, it's not gonna work too well with the fabric here, but let's say you're coloring a building, you can click once, hold shift and click again and it joins the two bits up. So I'm going to speed this up now and just kind of work my way around coloring my dress. Sometimes these jobs just are long and tedious. I'll see you in a sec. Alright, we're back. You noticed I left the corners just because it's easier doing it this rather than getting a small paintbrush and just going into all the corners, it's easier probably just to paint it all in and go over the edges and then use the eraser tool. So I'm switching to the eraser tool here and just going to go smaller and just delete it off. Okay, It's easier just to kind of trim off the excess than it is trying to get in there with a really small brush, we're going to speed it up again and do the rest of the corners all right, you're back. So once you've got to hear if you are imagining a different color, you can have this layer selected and I can use my adjustments and I can use hue and saturation, make sure it's affecting just the layer underneath and kind of start adjusting this to maybe more saturation, less saturation. Pick a different color and decide kind of, you know, we need this color to be alright. Another trick with color modes is enhancing color so you can spend forever trying to grab the color of this dress and trying to like lift it out but there's just not a lot of color information there, so it's really easy to go in make a new layer. I'm going to use the eyedropper tool to get close to the color. Then here in my foreground color you can see it's really kind of washed out and ready. I'm just gonna kind of bump it up, not adjusting the hue. Okay, so it's in the same zone but I just wanted to be brighter. How bright we can go bright because we can lower it down later on. Okay, using our opacity or picking a different blending mode and it's the same principle as before. So, if you're shooting product photography or in this case you want to make the dress brighter or more rich instead of using say vibrance, grab the brush tool, pick a nice big brush, we'll get started by just kind of painting in the big bits and going to our move tool holding shift and just placing until we find one that the color that works for us. There's one that works for me. Soft light again is working for me. It really depends on the color and the image that you're working on and then a lot more precisely than I am. You go and work your way around. You can see you just kind of make that color just there was no way of getting that color to that vibrancy with using say human saturation. Cool, so I'm gonna zoom in, use a brush and get the editor to speed it up. Okay, now that's done. I regret using soft light clearly fake so we can either find another blending mode which we'll try in a minute. But let's also look at capacity. Just kind of slide it down until you find somewhere kind of believable, 60% seems okay on off, on off it's full, it's rich, it's not overdone. You might disagree, but it also might do is that might actually add a layer mask and there's some parts that are just too rich you can see in here. It's really dark, unsaturated hand but he is really rich. So I've added a layer mask. These are my brush tool Using black is my foreground colour. I'm just going to lower the opacity up here by tapping the three key maybe at 30% just to kind of start working out some of these bits where they just, it shouldn't be that rich. There's just no no need for it or it's just not believable. There's some bits down here that just need to be not full on rich, more believable, I'm saying. Yes. Alright, so that's coloring black and white images and enhancing colors that already exist in the image. Let's get on to the next video.