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Old 07-29-2014, 10:46 PM
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How to change a white to color

Hi guys, few years ago I found a very good technique to change white cars to color in a very realistic way. Damn I can't remember the sequence. I just remember its about lowering the brightness and than giving back the color but I'd like to remember the exact sequence of layers because the guy who explained that used few blending modes as well.

Anyone know that technique or other realistic one please?
I'm doing that now with a "home made" one lowering the brightness and than using hue saturation with colorize to give the color back but it's not as it was with that technique i do not remember.

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Old 07-30-2014, 03:48 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

Depends where you're heading and from where.

Definitely Colorize ticked in Hue Saturation adjsutment layer.

Or a gradient map.

Then everything depends.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:21 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

Thanks Skoobey. Imagine a white car to red.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:42 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

You might check this thread: Adding color to white (found by using the 'Search' button @ top of page..)
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:43 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

There are very few things that cant be done with curves. Pull the white side down on the master curve and also push up the white side of the red curve, etc.

An alternative is to use solid color layers and blend modes. Pick a rich red color and make two solid color layers of it. Set one to Multiply or Color Burn and another to Soft Light. Set each to about 50% opacity and adjust up and down on the opacity of each to suit. And maybe set a contrast curve above them.

I'm sure some would use LAB and maybe Jacob's Ladder (google it) but I don't usually go there.
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:49 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

red-example.jpg

Link to PSD:

LINK

That would be multiply mode in this case.

P.S. This only really works for light to dark.
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:03 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

Hey Skoobey, nice job.

I hope you don't mind me piggy-backing off your PSD file and mask, I just wanted to validate the two curve approach, one set to luminosity, the other color.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:49 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

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You might check this thread: Adding color to white (found by using the 'Search' button @ top of page..)
Thanks. I search allay before asking. Did not found that one but looking at it its not the technique I'm looking for.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:55 PM
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Re: How to change a white to color

Thanks Skoobey. I'm using similar technique but the one I'm talking about preserved all the luminosity and everything. Damn can't remember the sequence. :-(
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:23 AM
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Re: How to change a white to color

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Hey Skoobey, nice job.

I hope you don't mind me piggy-backing off your PSD file and mask, I just wanted to validate the two curve approach, one set to luminosity, the other color.
I mean if you're doing that, you might just as well show us the actual curves.

But I get the idea, luminosity down, color on top. Presto change-o.
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