August 30, 2009

Photo Editing Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to make a photo black and white, add color back in, make it brighter and how to add a vignette. I just learned how to add the color back in myself and thought it was so fun and easy that I wanted to share it with you. There may be better ways to do this but this is the best way that I know how. I'm sorry to say that this only works in Photoshop, not in elements (I'm using photoshop CS3)....I tried to see if I could do it in elements and I couldn't figure it out. I'm not as familiar with elements so there might be a way to do this in elements, I just don't know how.

Okay, the first thing you will do is open the picture that you would like to edit and change it to black and white. You'll go under image>adjustments>black and white. A window will pop up and you'll click okay.

Then you'll go over to your your History Brush Tool and click on that.
You can adjust the size of your brush as needed. I'm just going to keep it pretty small for what I am doing and I like to use the soft edge brush.
Then what you will do is just click where you want to restore the color back into your picture. In my case I am going to add color to her dress and some of the flowers. You can zoom in on the picture if you want to get more detail.
I wanted to crop my photo too so this is what I did (leave this step out if you want). I clicked on my rectangular marquee too and set the style to fixed ratio because I wanted 4x6 ratio photo for printing and then I used the marquee tool to select the part of the photo I wanted to keep. Then I went to image>crop.
Now that I have my cropped and colorized photo I want to brighten it up a little bit. So I'm going to go to image>adjustments>brightness/contrast.
A window will pop up where you can adjust the brightness and contrast. Just play around with it until you find something that you like. Make sure you have the preview box clicked so that you can see what your photo looks like. I set my brightness at +70 and my Contrast at +65. Hit okay when you are done.
Then I added an inner shadow (vignette) to my photo as well. If you want one just double click on the photo layer and click on inner shadow. Set the distance to 0, Size at 250 and Opacity at 100%. Then play with the blend mode until you see something you like. I chose Linear Burn for this picture. Again make sure you have the preview box checked so that you can see how your photo looks before you hit okay.
This is just and extra tip. If you ever need to go and undo something you've done to your photo or scrapbook page for that matter just go to your history states and you can click on any of the history states and it will take you back to where you need. This is especially helpful when you are using your history brush tool in case you make a mistake when you are restoring color back to your photo.

That's it folks. Have fun with it. -Liz
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