How to Transform Black and White Photographs into Colour using Photoshop

The question was asked “Does anyone happen to know how to combine black and white photos with color?”

I was reading hubCrafter’s hub HOW TO TRANSFORM PHOTOS INTO ART which I enjoyed very much, and while I was reading the comments at the end of the hub I came upon this one from Janey Townsend:

JaneyTownsend Hey thanks for the tips, but does anyone happen to know how to combine black and white photos with color? I was thinking along the lines of the girl in the red dress in the "Les Miserables" movie; where everything is black and white except for a specific object that is in full color. I've been trying to find a way to do it in Photoshop, but I just can't seem to do it. Any suggestions?

HubCrafter in response to a further question on this subject by Janey mentioned in his reply that ‘…....I can't even do 'layering' yet!

So I thought I would have a go at explaining how to colour a black and white photo using layers thus killing two birds with one stone as the saying goes.

The way I do it

Now before I start I will tell you that I am self taught and I know that there are other ways to do this and maybe better ways but I am going to share with you in the best way I can, the way that I do it. I will use a before and after photo so you can see for yourself the kind of result that you can obtain using this method.

For those of you that know how to operate the software please be patient with me as I go step by step stating what to you might seem obvious, but I know that often I find in tutorials there is much assumed knowledge.

In my case this dangerous assumption is often wrong, for example if directed to open a new layer, you are stuck if you don’t know how to do that. It is then a fat lot of good what follows after in a tutorial for no matter how good it is none of it is of any use to you if you can’t get the layer open to follow the instructions.

I am not trying to insult your intelligence I am hopefully just laying out the steps along with the how too instructions to help the likes of me who came to this software with nearly no knowledge of how to use it.

The Before Photo

Before Photo

My husband joined the Royal Navy at the tender age of 15 as a boy seaman in the training establishment H.M.S. Ganges.

This photograph was taken shortly after he joined, and of course it is in black and white as most photographs were in those days.

 

When I was trying to get to grips with Photoshop I thought that it would be a nice surprise for him if I could add colour to this photo.

The Source Photo

The photo I used as my source for the colours
The photo I used as my source for the colours

The Source Photo

The easiest way to make sure the colours that you use are realistic is to have a source photo which you can use the tool shaped like an eye dropper to sample the colour.

 

I didn’t have a suitable colour photograph myself so I went on the web to see if I could find one with some one in Navy uniform.

 

I was lucky that I found one of a modern day Ganges boy which gave me every thing I needed.

The After Photo

This is the after photo
This is the after photo

The After Photo

After much trial and error this is the result, which I was pretty pleased with.

 

I have done quite a few since and the more you do the easier it becomes. One word of advice never use your original photograph to experiment on make a copy of the original and rename it so that you don’t get them mixed up.

 

If you use a copy then if you mess up you can make another copy and have another go.

 

Open up Photoshop

Right are you ready to begin? First open up Photoshop and open the photograph that you want to work on in my case it is the before photograph above.

Please feel free to copy the photos I have used on the hub it might make it easier to follow the step by step instructions in this hub.

You can copy my photos by putting your cursor on my photo and then right clicking, this should give you a drop down menu choose the ‘save picture as option’ save it where you can find it and then go to Photoshop and open it up.

You should now have a screen that looks something like fig one.

fig. one

You should have a screen that looks something like this.
You should have a screen that looks something like this.

Open up your source photo

The next thing to do is open up your source photo, by going to file in the top left hand corner and clicking on it then choosing the open option from the drop down menu. Your screen should now look something like fig. two.

 

Fig. two

How to move from photo to photo

Don’t worry, both photographs are still there you can get back to the photo you are going to work on by clicking on window which is on the top bar on the next to last option on the right see fig three.

Go right down to the bottom of the drop down menu (I've highlighted it in blue) where you should see the names of both photos with a tick against the photo that is showing on the screen now.

To change to the other photo just put your cursor over the one without the tick and click on it then the screen will now show the other photo this way you can move from photo to photo.

You can have more than two photos open when you are working I often have a list of five of six in this drop down window and I just click on the one I want to work on next.

Fig Three

fig four

fig five

Fig six

How to add a new layer

You should now have the photo that you are going to work on showing on your screen (see fig one ) now we are going to add some new layers, are you having fun yet?

The layers pallet is located on the bottom of the screen on the right hand side and looks like fig four you will notice that there is a cross alongside the layer tab which signifies that this is the tab that is open.

If either the channels or paths tabs has the cross alongside it instead, don’t worry, all you need to do is put your cursor on the layers tab and click this will open the layers tab and you should see the cross now alongside the layer tab as in fig four.

As you can see in fig four your open photo is showing as a layer named background the fact that this layer is highlighted in blue indicates that this is the layer that is open at the moment.

Alongside this layer is an icon that looks like an eye when this eye is there it means that this layer is visible. If you click on this eye icon the eye will disappear and the layer will cease to be visible on your screen.

You will notice that there is also an icon in the shape of a small padlock indicating that this layer is partially locked.

I never work on this layer I always make a copy of this layer so that is what we are going to do next.

We do this by going to the top of the page see fig five click on layer then click on the duplicate layer option in the drop down menu (see highlighted in blue) in fig five.

If you have followed these steps you should now have two layers showing in this pallet, the second one will be on top and will be called Background copy and you will see that there is no icon of a padlock on this layer.

Along the bottom of this layer tab is a row of icons the last icon on the right is a little dustbin the one in front of that looks like a square with a smaller square in the bottom left hand corner, this is the add a new layer button.

Put your cursor on this icon and click and a new layer will be added named layer 1 this layer is empty and you should just see a checker board type icon instead of the photo which shows on the duplicate layer. Click on this icon again and another layer will be added this time named layer 2 your layer pallet should now look like fig six.

fig seven

Adding Colour

Now the real fun begins we are going to add some colour to this black and white photo. Go to window on the top of the screen and select the source photo.

 

When you have opened this window put your cursor on the icon on the tool bar to the left of your screen that looks like an eye dropper see fig seven. I’ve highlighted it in blue, click on this and your cursor turns into an icon of an eyedropper.

 

Place this eye dropper somewhere on the dark blue part of the boy’s uniform this changes the colour in your pallet to the same as you have selected with the dropper.

 

This is the first colour that we are going to add to our photo, now go back up to window and select the photo we are going to work on.

Now to add colour we need to change this black and white image into a colour one so go to image on the top bar click on this and on the drop down menu select the option mode this will cause another drop down menu to appear on this window the greyscale option has a tick against it telling us that this is a black and white image. Put your cursor on the option RGB Color (to my fellow Brits I know that isn’t how we spell colour) another box will open up see fig nine choose the Don’t Flatten option by clicking on it, the photo is now ready to be coloured.

 

fig eight

fig nine

fig ten

Almost ready to start colouring

Go to the layer pallet on the bottom right hand side of your screen which should look some thing like fig ten if you have followed the steps above.

Put your cursor on the clear layer above the background copy this is the layer that we will be working in.

Directly under the layer tab you can see the word normal we need to change this so that it reads color.

To do this click on the tick or v shape to the right of the word Normal this will open a drop down menu see fig eleven below.

fig eleven

fig twelve

From fig eleven you will see that the Color option is the one just above the bottom option of Luminosity.

Look again at fig ten and on the same level as the Normal box which you have just changed to read Color you will see the word Opacity click on the blue box with the sideways triangle alongside it and a drop down menu will appear drag the little slider until it reads around 50%.

If you find this difficult you can just capture the text 100% by placing the cursor to the right of the percentage sign then clicking and dragging your cursor to the left thus capturing the 100% then just type 50 in the box and press return the box should now show 50% instead of a 100%.

Put your cursor on layer 2 where the text says layer 2, your cursor will change to a little pointing hand double click and you can give this layer a title instead of just a number, I called mine uniform. Your layer pallet should now look like fig twelve

Start Colouring

Place your cursor on the brush icon on the tool bar on the left hand side of your screen choose a brush size by going to the top of the screen where brush is in the left hand corner, and clicking on the upside down triangle next to the number you see there or on the number itself.

See fig thirteen where I have highlighted both the brush icon and the top where you choose the size of brush. You choose the size that you want to use by moving the slider to the right to make it bigger and to the left to make it smaller.

When you are pleased with the size of brush move your cursor to the picture and left click holding the left part of your mouse down as you start colouring the parts of the photo that is the uniform.

You colour the collar and the darker parts with the same colour the shading of the black and white photograph underneath will take care of the depth of colour. Now isn’t that neat.

Your screen should now look like fig thirteen with the uniform coloured in, if you are not satisfied with the depth of colour try changing the opacity of the layer in the layer pallet increasing it will deepen the colour decreasing it will lighten it.

fig thirteen

The face

Select the remaining untitled layer in the layer pallet repeating all the steps listed above for the uniform layer only this time use the eyedropper to sample the skin colour instead of the uniform colour and then colour in the skin. Create as many new layers as you need to get the result you desire.

I used just between the eyes on the source photo as a good place to sample for the colour. For every colour I use I create a new layer remembering to change to layer to color and opacity to around 50% and I name the layer after what part I am colouring like hair teeth skin etc. Your photo should now look something like fig fourteen.

Fig fourteen is not the finished article I leave that now to you, if you look at my original after photo you can see that my husbands eyes are blue and his hair such as it is, is white blond and I cut away the old background and replaced it with another, all in all I used about six layers to achieve this but this hub is way too long already for me to go into anymore detail.

 

The more time you take the better the results, don’t worry if you go over the lines just click on the eraser on the appropriate layer and rub the offending piece out.

 

fig fourteen

Happy Colouring

Let me know how you get on and if you found this hub helpful now off you go and happy colouring.

If there is something that you would like to know how to do in Photoshop then let me know and if it is something that I know how to do then I will write a hub explaining how.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Now I know that if I ever want to do it, I'll know how to do it! By the way, your hub layouts are very attractive!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Ann Nonymous Thank you so much or your kind comments and your compliment, glad that you could follow it. I was getting worried by the length of the hub


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

No, not at all. I'd rather have it too long than too short! I always need very detailed instructions. And the pictures, well they make it that much easier on my poor brain!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I love playing with photoshop, I have Brad Pitt and George Clooney having coffee outside our bar via Photoshop Lol. It is amazing what you can do with this program.


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HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

maggs...you're a genius! What a wonderful job you've done. We'll all be mastering the Photoshop world in no time.

You know. There aren't many folks who'd take the time to do this. I can't tell you how impressed I am by your generous heart.

Thank you so much for this hub.

HubCrafter


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

This is fantastic. You deserve a medal. I am serious. Thank you so much for sharing this information.


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amulets 6 years ago from Singapore

Wow! That is a nice piece of artwork. I can tell you are really good with the software for doing this transformation. Thanks for sharing.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

You did a wonderful job in this tutorial. Very impressive writing. I use Photoshop quite a bit, but explaining how to do it takes a lot of effort. Kudos!


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

Maggs, great job as a 'player' with PS I'm going to bookmark this Hub and get to practicin' :-)

Great Hub and great tutorial.


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marcofratelli 6 years ago from Australia

This is really cool actually. Some great tips here!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ HubCrafter thanks for the compliments, much appreciated, I hope that you enjoy playing with the layers.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ Hello, hello you are most welcome I hope it proves useful I tried to make it easy to follow.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ amulets I am glad that you liked it, and I was pleased to do it.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ elayne001 Thanks for the Kudos, it is much appreciated, glad you like the tutorial.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ agvulpes Good luck I hope you have no problems following the tutorial, if you do just drop me a line and let me know, have fun practicin’ and thanks for the positive feedback.


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myownworld 6 years ago from uk

Excellent hub! So well explained and through. Changing photos from black/white to color is quite complicated, but you've done a great job of explaining it here. Have even forwarded this to a few friends, so thanks for sharing!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ myownworld thank you so much for the positive feedback, its really appreciated I hope your friends find it helpful.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ marcofratelli glad you liked it and hope that the tips prove helpful


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

What a detailed, step-by-step guide. Thank you so much!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ Shalini thanks for your comment, I hope it proves helpful


Reina 6 years ago

Is a great hub thanks.

This is useful to me.


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RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

Thanks for this hub ; I'm looking into buying photoshop.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ Reina Thanks for the compliment and I am really pleased that this is useful to you.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ RosWebbART this is an amazing piece of software, and you can do amazing things with it. Thanks for leaving a comment I really appreciate it.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

For those who cannot afford Photoshop you can start off with GIMP which is an open source freeware program that's very like earlier PS versions, and will allow you to get started before you spend $1000 for a CS suite!

Good hub, but why didn't you use the magic wand to grab sections? a combination of magic wand and Select 'similar' will make life simpler!

John


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ aguasilver as I said I am self taught and I acknowledged right up front that there were other ways and maybe better ways to do this, but I can only share what I have.

I do not know how the magic wand works to select colours so I can't really tell some one else how to use the magic wand that way if I don’t know how to use it myself.

I was only trying to be helpful, and I did the best I could, having said that, I would be really happy to find out how to use the wand that way.

Maybe you could write a hub on using the magic wand and select similar as I am always pleased to find out easier and simpler ways to do things.


mos 6 years ago

nice to meet you I'm mos thanks for good article. This is useful for me. I will come back again.


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iumer 6 years ago

very detailed and helpful hub to learn adobe photos shop. Thanks.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Great screenshots which will make this hub easy to follow for readers wanting to have a go. Well done.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ mos nice to meet you too glad that you like the article, I look forward to seeing you again


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@lumer thanks for your kind comments I hope that it does prove helpful


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ ethel thanks for your comments it is always good to see your name on any of my hubs you provide such encouragement.


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RGraf 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great article! One of these days I might actually try this. Still a little nervous about Photoshop


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

You know, I always wondered how to do that!

Now I know!

Thank you!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ RGraf Thanks for the kind words, as for being a little nervous aren't we all when facing something new in terms of software but if you always work on a copy then if you don't like the finished result delete it, after all you have still got the original.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

sabreblade it is a real joy to know that people can follow what I have written enough to understand and get the same results. I am so glad that now you know!!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Wow! Maggs...What a great hub you`ve given us here! I am a Photoshop fan and this lesson has been a great one for me!

España has added "Salero" to your hub!

Thanks for sharing!

Two thumbs up!

warm regards y Olè!

Mystique


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

nice hub. And very informative. Photoshop is a great program to manipulate picture. And you give good tutorial for us. Easy to follow and complete with picture. I'll bookmark this one. Thanks Maggy. two thumbs up for you!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Mystique thanks for the complements, it is a real encouragement especially since this is my first stab at writing a tutorial of any kind.

I have just come fresh from your hub

Of giving and receiving

I really enjoyed this hub I tried to put a link here to it but for some reason it wouldn't work.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ prasetio30, what a nice comment, it is so good to get such positive feedback and it is really encouraging to hear that it is easy to follow. Thanks for the thumbs up


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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

I have added this one to my favorites...because i have the photoshop etc but havent been able to do anything with it...fear of failure you know?

that said i am going to practice and I am going to do it exactly your way Maggs...you are the best!! love to you!!

now I can put antonio banderas on my patio while hubby cooks over the firepit :)

hubby will love it//// you think?


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

maggs, this is great! I have bookmarked your hub. I often mess about in Photoshop, and have gotten pretty slick at a few things, but when it comes to others, I am a total putz. Too right about the instructions that are left out ;)


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ateenyi 6 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub Maggy!!!!!!!!

The hub is very informative. Photoshop is a wonderful program to manipulate picture. You explained every thing in very impressive way. Lucid style of language also attracts a lot. The clarity and balance shine from this hub. This hub can be regarded as one of the most intriguing hub. Thank a lot for sharing information.


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HubDave 6 years ago from My

wow this is nice.. Thank you!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Barbara. I don’t know if hubby will like it but it sounds like a fine plan to me lol. I have been very impressed by the positive responses to this hub it seems like lots people like to play with Photoshop as much as I do. I think that I will try to do some more tutorials on how to use different bits like masks and layers etc do you think there may be some interest this?

That fear of failure bit, I know fear has in the past stopped me from doing lots of things, as for the failure bit I cannot imagine that you will fail at anything that you set your mind to do,


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi RedElf, messing about with Photoshop is so much fun, and I love it when I find out how to do something new, as for being a putz in some areas so am I. I think it stands for

P – Professional

U – Under

T – Training

Z – Zetetic (proceeding by inquiry; a search or investigation)


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Ateenyi, thank you so much for the compliments, I am glad that you found it easy to follow, and it gives me a lot of pleasure to share information like this. I just can’t tell you how happy I am to hear that people are going to try this out for themselves.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

HubDave, no, thank you very much for reading the hub and leaving a comment!


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Felix Zapata 6 years ago

Easy to follow instructions. Very well written.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Felix thank you for leaving such positive feedback, I am glad that the steps were easy to follow.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Your detailed steps and pictures are very helpful - you succeeded in laying out the process for PS simpletons like me. I have been thinking of buying the PS and will instruct my brother who does use PS to read your hub. Thank you for sharing all your hard work with us!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you frogyfish for your kind comments I am so glad that you were able to follow the steps it is hard to check yourself as you write that nothing has been left out.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Hi Maggs,

Please don't think I'm complaining, your article was very good and maybe you are right, a hub on the magic wand etc may be a good thing to do.

I started on Photoshop about 20 years ago, and I'm still a novice! so I don't pretend to be a pro at this!

Anyway, thanks for hubbing this!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@ aguasilver, After your first comments I went and downloaded GIMP I have watched numerous tutorials and tried both of my photoshop projects using GIMP and I must say that the end result and the ease of use was better than that of Photoshop. Though I am having a little trouble getting my head round my layerson GIMP. Lol

I might do the two photoshop hubs but this time using GIMP, do you think there would be any interest?


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jguthrie1979 6 years ago from Bonita Springs, Florida

thanks for the instructions!!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

hi jguthrie, you are very welcome, I hope they prove useful to you.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Thanks very much! I definitely want to keep this in mind for the future...so much to learn...so little time.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi RTalloni well I hope that you have fun when you get around to trying it out for yourself.


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Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

Wonderful hub maggs...going to bookmark it. A big colorful smile with two thumbs up!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Tom, how wonderful to see your name in my comments, thanks for the thumbs up I am glad that you liked it, I know that Deece loves playing around in PhotoShop, I have seen some of his hilarious results on his hubs. Thanks for dropping by it always make me happy when I see your name or Tammy’s anywhere on Hubpages, especially so if it happens to be on one of my hubs


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cbris52 6 years ago

PhotoShop is Amazing! I'm glad that you took the time to share this info with us! I really like how photoshop can resize images at the speed of light... Before Photoshop It would take me all day to resize 200 images... now I can do it in a matter of seconds using this wonderful software! Great Hub and very useful information.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi cbris you are right Photoshop is amazing. it is wonderful what you can do with this software.


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Jamiehousehusband 6 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

Hi Maggs I'm a great fan of photoshop and use it regularly - even 'airbrushed' our Wedding photos with it - great tool. I remember seeing black and white photos (mainly wedding) which my Mother had, she was a keen photographer who developed her own - these photos had the bridesmaids coloured in pink dresses - the rest b and w- how was this done ?? Great interesting hub, thanks.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Jamie, I have a photo of my brother and I when we were young taken by a photographer it was a black and white photograph but it had been hand coloured by the photographer. On the back of the photograph was notes that indicated what colour eyes we had and what colour jumper my brother had on and the colour of a toy car he was holding etc.

Some one then obviously used this information to hand colour the photograph. My friends father used to develop all his own photographs and I remember seeing him had colour some photographs he used what looked like coloured inks and a small artists paint brush.

Photoshop is so much easier and forgiving than than the old fashioned way of 55 years ago.


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flinchwymer 6 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

Great hub maggs. I regularly use photoshop and the possibilities are vast. This is an excellent trick. Thanks very much.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi flinchwymer, you look like a real cowboy with that hat on seeing as you are from Yorkshire it put me in mind of Mike Harding (Maybe before your time) he used to sing a song called the Rochdale cowboy here is a line from it

'It's hard to be a cowboy in Rochdale; 'cos the spurs won't fit on me clogs; It's hard to be a cowboy in Rochdale; 'cos the folks all laugh': As I ride past on our Alsation Dog. '

Mike Harding however, never looked as cool as you do, the hat really suits you. I love America and I have a cowboy hat too though I don't look as good in it as you do either. lol

Thanks for your kind comments.


jojobasun 6 years ago

great article ! very useful.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Jojobsun thank you for your kind comment


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe

Great hub! Maggs, you did a great work! Keep up!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

thank you nikipa for your kindcomment I really appreciate it.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

This is an excellent hub! You don't need to make any apologies for technique at all - you did a terrific job! I've taught Photoshop for a few years and although there are many ways to do something, usually one or two come out on top for ease of use. This did! Awesome job!


Gimp/Linux User 6 years ago

Yes, please do this in Gimp. Most users I know use Gimp as it's free. And could you incorporate the magic wand as well?


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tmgonzalez 6 years ago from Northern CA

Wow, great idea and use of photoshop. Can't wait to try it out for myself!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi SilverGenes, wow thank you for such positive feedback, when you are self taught like me it is not always easy to share in case you make a right fool of yourself stating the obvious or missing out an easier way of doing it. Comments like yours are a great encouragement, thank you.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Gimp/Linux user I will see what I can do thanks for leaving a comment.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi tmgonzales I hope you have great fun trying this out for yourself.


rk 6 years ago

What a wonderful tutorial! I am always touched by people that take time to share their knowledge for free with others. Can't wait to see more of your tutorials as I am new to PS!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi RK thanks for your kind comments, I am glad that you enjoyed the tutorial I am sure that you have lots of fun as you start exploring and playing about with photoshop.


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xixi12 6 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

Wow!never knew it was possible. So now i can renew all my black and white pictures so that I look modern.lol


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi xixi12 just remember always make a copy of the original before you start so that if you make a mess you still have the original to go back to. I hope you enjoy modernising yourself, have fun and let me know how you get on.


nok 6 years ago

vist for basic photoshop training for free


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Eileen Hughes 5 years ago from Northam Western Australia

great step by step instructions, problem is no photoshop so tried it in paint shop pro but need a bit more time to work out the differences. thanks for great lesson


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Eileen have you tried GIMP it is a great free alternative to the photoshop software? Easy to use and it is free to download off the net.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Can't wait to try this out, thanks for the nice easy instructions.


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I hope that you have fun trying it out Movie Master :)


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Health Talk 5 years ago from World

Thanks Maggie for sharing such good tutorial. i never laid my hands on Photoshop, my lil brother do it for me. But after reading yours it might be good option to show my art too. :D


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Health Talk, thank you for your kind comments I hope you have fun playing with this software I am sure you will enjoy it :)


Hemendra Kumar Saini 5 years ago

Thanks Maggie for such nice turtiol, it is really helpful to me.


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Hemendra, I am so glad that you liked the tutorial and that you found it helpful. Thank you for leaving your comments I really do appreciate the feedback and find it useful.


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DRG Da Real Grinc 4 years ago from All over the USA

Wow, you just gae me like 10 ideas with this one. Very helpful, thank you.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

It is totally my pleasure DRG I am so pleased that it has given you so many ideas thank you so much for your comment :D


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redfive 2 years ago from California, USA

Great tutorial, man. Thanks for sharing -- voted up!


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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@redfive I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to your comment, I have been away on holiday for three weeks, and I have only just seen it. I am so pleased that you enjoyed my tutorial, and thank you for voting it up, I appreciate that :D


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Greensleeves Hubs 16 months ago from Essex, UK

Very clearly explained and well illustrated step by step guide maggs. And that's necessary, because what you say early on in the article is absolutely correct - too many tutorials on anything computer-related, assume a lot of knowledge on the part of the reader which just isn't there.

Your explanations are as clear and concise as possible, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating - your 'before' and 'after' photos show what can be achieved, and how realistic the effect can appear. Voted up, Alun.


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John Marthyn 16 months ago

goooooood


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain Author

@Greensleeves Hubs Thank you for your kind words Alun it is very encouraging to get such positive feedback just what I needed to lift my day :D


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maggs224 16 months ago from Sunny Spain Author

@John Marthyn Glad that you thought so, thanks for the feedback :D

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