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02 May 2008 @ 08:44 pm
Coloring Tutorial - Green Images  
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Made Using Photoshop (uses Curves and Selective Coloring)

Step One - Crop
Pick your image. This tutorial is for images that are too green. For example, this great picture of Jon Walker.

Crop the image to what you'll be using, and re-size to 100x100

Step Two - Screened Layer
Duplicate the layer and set to screen. I like to reduce the transparency of screen layers, because other wise it washes the image out too much. This time around I reduced the transparency to %65.


Step Three - Dark Blue Exclusion Layer
Create a new layer and fill with a dark blue/purplish color. Set this layer to exclusion.
I used #1B1329.


Step Four - Light Blue Soft Light Layer
Create a new layer and fill with a light blue/greenish color. Set this layer to soft light. Reduce the transparency. I generally go between %20 and %50 as a rule, and then adjust for the image.
I used #E9FEFF at %36.


Step Five - Light Pink Soft Light Layer
Create a new layer and fill with a light pink color. Set this layer to soft light. Reduce the transparency. Once again, I generally go between %20 and %50 depending on the image.
I used #FFE9FA at %35.


Step Six - Tan Color Burn Layer
Create a new layer and fill with a tan/grey color and set the layer to Color Burn. This layer can be tricky, I always end up trying a few different shades to see what works best with the image.
I used #D7C9B1.


Step Seven - Color Balance Layer
Add a new Color Balance Layer. Time to take out some of the green! Once again, this is really something that depends on the image. Add some magenta to cancel out the green. I also added a bit of yellow and red to keep the image warm.

Cyan/Red : +4
Magenta/Green : -28
Yellow/Blue : -5


Step Eight - Selective Color Layer
Add a new Selective Color layer. Be careful, it's so easy to go overboard with selective coloring. I try to avoid ever going full on +100 or -100, just keep an eye on the image.

C: -38
M: 0
Y: +27
B: +28

C: +8
M: 0
Y: +4
B: +14


Step Nine - Curves
The dreaded curves level. The image is still too green, so it's time to play with the curves. Add a new Curves layer. Since we want to get rid of the green, go to the Green Channel.

Input: 197
Output: 183


Step Ten - Selective Color Layer
The image is still too yellow, so it's time to touch that up a bit. Add a new selective coloring layer. Also, adding Black to the neutrals helps darken the image and give it a more deep appearance.

C: +29
M: 0
Y: -33
B: 0

C: 0
M: 0
Y: 0
B: +14


Step Eleven - Brightness/Contrast Layer
Alright, the colors are pretty good, now, it'd be nice if you could actually see them! So add a new Brightness/contrast layer. Adjust accordingly for your image. I keep my contrast below my brightness level, otherwise images tend to get weird. This image takes to brightness pretty well, so I was able to put it up pretty high.

Brightness: 22
Contrast: 12


Step Twelve - UnSharp Mask
Last step! Select the canvas and create a merged copy. (Ctrl+a -> Select Canvas, Ctrl + Shift + C -> copy merged) Paste this copy into a new layer. Then create an unsharp mask. (Filter -> Sharpen -> Unsharp) Adjust the amount to suit your image. I usually use between 20 to 40.

I set the amount to 31.


And you're done!

Examples using this tutorial
Photobucket Photobucket

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Let me know! This is my first tutorial and I'd love to hear any suggestions on how to improve. If anything is unclear, please let me know. Thanks!
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sarah not mary: [patd] ryden makes me squeesarahsaloser on May 2nd, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
this is awesome! mem'd for sure!
Kelly Elizabethtommydied on May 2nd, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
pearldrop: [MCR] Gerard will save the worldpearldrop on May 2nd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
LaMiamusic_simbol on May 2nd, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
This was very informative. Sheesh! All those layers for a single icon, you have the patience of a saint! Very nice end result. :)
apple juice, man... fucking delicious.: PATD--Jon Walker wins everythingcitiesasleep on May 2nd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'll try this out later, I love the result.
I just came to say JON WALKER, I LOVE YOUR FACE. ♥
Anika: :)hetairai on May 3rd, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
This very useful thanks!