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Painting Black and White Photos

  • You will need the photo Ranch House.jpg that is in your adobe samples folder on your hard drive. (C:/Program Files/Adobe/Photoshop 7.0/Samples/Ranch House.jpg)

 

1. Open the Ranch House.jpg image in photoshop. Click Image=> Mode=> RGB.
2. Use your Magnetic lasso tool to select the boots. Make a new channel called boots from the selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click select=> deselect.

3. Use your Magnetic lasso tool to select the jacket. Make a new channel called jacket from the selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click select=> deselect.

4. Use your Magnetic lasso tool to select the hat. Make a new channel called hat from the selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click select=> deselect.

5. Use your Polygonal  lasso tool to select the doorframe. Make a new channel called doorframe from the selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click select=> deselect.

6. Use your Polygonal  lasso tool to select the door. Make a new channel called door from the selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click select=> deselect.

7. Use your Polygonal  lasso tool to select the floor, not worrying about where the boots break the straight line. Click select=> load selection. Set the channel to boots. Set the bullet to subtract from selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click ok. Make a new channel called floor from the selection.

8. Click select=> inverse. click select=> load selection. Subtract the boot channel. repeat subtracting the door, doorframe, hat, and jacket from the selection. Make a new channel called Wall from the selection. Click back on the RGB Channel. Click select=> deselect.

9. Click on the layers palette and highlight the background. Add a layer called Paint. Set the mode to Color.

10. Click select=> Load selection. Select the jacket channel. Use a brush to Paint the jacket, set at

  • Soft 35 pixel
  • 35% opacity
  • Blue hex #6666CC

11. Load different selections from their channel and paint it according to your taste, keeping the opacity light and using a soft brush or gradient on the paint layer

 



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