Yes, Flora. How did you do that? Did you turn it to grayscale and then hand color? I just can't seem to get the colors the way you did without turning it to grayscale first. (And given that your "background" seems to be grayscale, that's what I'm guessing you did. )
Thank you very much for your kind words and sorry, sorry again for having left half of my work out!!! (luckily I didn't take up 'brain surgery' as a hobby..) ....but here it comes....
You guessed right...only it wasn't 'grayscale', but a corrected copy of the Lightness Channel of Lab Color...
1) First I duplicated the image twice.
2) I changed one of the duplicate to Image>Mode>Lab Color and highlighted the Lightness Channel.
3) I enhanced the image using the Curves and when I was satisfied, I selected it, (Ctrl+A), copied it, (Ctrl+C) and pasted it, (Ctrl+V), on the second duplicate, obtaining a new, non coloured Layer which I duplicated immediately.
4) To remove the 'finger prints' (actually, it seemed moiré to me....), working on the duplicate Layer, I run:
Filter>Noise>Dust&Scratches, Radius=3, Treshold=0,
Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, Radius=1,
Filter>Noise>Add Noise, Amount=1, Uniform, Monochromatic....(adding a bit of Noise makes everything look more natural!)
5) I applied a Layer Mask>Hide All and revealed only what I wanted, by 'painting the mask with white'...(Usually I don't paint over details like eyes, nose and mouth as not to lose their sharpness!)...If you are not yet familiar with this procedure, the Help>Index>Layer Mask Channel, explains it very well!
6) Well, now I had eliminated the moiré, and had a natural looking picture, but no colour!...In the case of your picture, there wasn't much colour information to be salvaged from the original, but, at least, there was enough, to help in the colouring process!..(I could see that the woman's top was 'blueish'...for example)
7) There are many techniques for colouring a picture with Photoshop....you'll have to try until you find the one you like most....as for me, I usually go for:
a) Image>Adjustment>Hue/Saturation and tick the Colorize Box....moving the different sliders until I get what I want, or as close as possible to it.
b) Image>Adjustment>Curves and 'fiddle' with the different Colour Channels individually
Once you have a basis you can work on, there are about a million ways to improve tonality, depth etc....(have fun trying....)
8) Once I have filled the different parts of the picture with the appropriate colour, I usually follow a 'clean up' procedure using a soft Blur Tool set to either lighten or darken to eliminate the remaining little spots and noise.
9) I used either Color Dodge or Color Burn, (initial Exposure 5% for both), to individually enhance different parts of the picture...eyes, eyebrows etc.
10) To sharpen the image a bit I run Filter>Other>High Pass, Radius between 1.5 and 3, setting the Blending to either Overlay or Soft Light.
11) To finish, I added very little noise Amount=0.8, Uniform, Monochromatic.
P.S. I wrote this description for Enterprise who is a "new Photoshop user".... so please, the 'veterans' forgive me for going into too many details
Last edited by Flora; 07-01-2002 at 06:06 AM.
...I think my 'bloodhound' nature helps me a lot when I get interested in something.....I tend to read everything I can get my eyes on, trying to understand and learn more about it...But it's when I start "opening" things just to see how they function, that I drive my family crazy .... Can you believe I even opened up a video tape out of curiosity??
Flora - Great description! Don't ever worry about giving too much detail! Even "veterans" appreciate it!
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