Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Photo Tinting - Color to Black And White


I've always loved this photo and thought I'd attempt to change a color photo of Debi into a black and white one with photo tinting using Sue's tutorial on layer masks. I think that starting with a black and white image gives a different effect; see the picture of me and my brother. I did add some grain trying to give the photo and aged look, but wished for a sepia tone option in photoshop 5.5. Afer I uploaded I could see a couple of spots I missed paint brushing out. But after all this is practice and so won't worry too much.

Taking Sue's comments to heart, I changed the color to a sepia and here is the result:
Now, I'd better get to bed or I will be in big trouble at 5:30 am anyway.

9 comments:

Sue O'Kieffe said...

hi bobbie...
im not sure what you are using for color tones...photo filters? (image>adjustment>photo filter) if there is no sepia tone in that adjustment, you could always create it. in my version of photoshop, the RGB formula for sepia is 172/122/51

if you don't understand what i mean, let me know.

your photograph is delightful. there are lots of different ways to tint photographs. i like what you have done.
~Sue

Sweet Irene said...

Whatever you did Bobbie, it worked and you got a good result. Must have been fun doing that!

Beverley said...

I do often like black and white photos better then colour ones, because sometimes the colours seem to harsh and black and white seems to give them more gravitas, somehow. Here you have got the best of both worlds, the sepia gives a precious antique effect, enlivened with a dash of colour.

Julie said...

This is excellent! Thank you for visiting my blog! Now I can come hear to learn about Photoshop! Yeah!

Rima said...

I love that sepia - I have a hard time with it too. I didn't even know about the photo filter that Sue talks about. What I do is change the image mode to grayscale, then go back to mode and pick duotone or quadritone and fiddle with the colours there. That's fun too, but also highly frustrating. You've achieved a beautiful, almost glazed result - must be that great eye you developped working on those old fashioned photos way back, eh? Love what you've created

Bobbie said...

Thanks for the tip, Rima. I just now tried out the duo/tri/quad tones and found I could get some very nice tones this way. I also "discovered" the image/adjust/variations panel. Wow...so much to learn.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

i will be posting another tut on sunday about quick masks. you are inspiring me to write about other ways of tinting photos too. so much to do in photoshop, so little time. im glad you tried out the photo filter and that it worked out so nicely.
~sue

dianeclancy said...

hi Bobbie,

I really like both of these photos ... I think I like the black & white a little better.

So cool you are using Sue's tutorials!

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

Neda said...

I think it is just perfect!