Change colour to in a greyscale image?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-17-2009
Change colour to in a greyscale image?
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Mon, 08-10-2009 - 12:15am

I am working with PSE7 and I have some greyscale graphics I want to recolour.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-19-2004
Mon, 08-10-2009 - 3:21am

You could make it into a brush. Open it in your PSE and go edit/define brush preset/name it/okay. The brush will appear at the bottom of the brush list.

Let's say the graphic is a rose and you want green leaves and a red flower. Stamp the brush in green on one layer and in red on a separate layer. Make sure the 2 flowers are right on top of each other and then use your eraser to take out the colours you don't want. So, on the red layer you'd erase the leaves and on the green layer you'd erase the flower. Then merge those layers and you have your green-leafed-red-flowered rose.

Another way to do it would be to copy and paste the graphic on to a new canvas. Be sure that the new canvas is RGB colour - your PSE will remember that the graphic was a greyscale image and will assume you want it copied and pasted on to a greyscale canvas. Then you can colour it in using either the fill tool (paintpot) or, if you have a steady hand, you could use brushes. If you use the paintpot, select the bit you want red, say, first using a lasso tool and then the red will only fill the bit you selected.

Another way to colour it is to use hue/saturation. This doesn't colour it "properly" - it gives it a tinge of other colours. If you again copy and paste the graphic on to a RGB canvas then with the graphic's layer selected do ctrl-U to bring up the hue/saturation menu. Check the "colourise" box and then play with the hue and saturation sliders. The grey bits will change colour but the black will stay black.

I hope I haven't confused you too much! :o)

  



iVillage Member
Registered: 05-17-2009
Mon, 08-10-2009 - 7:52am

Sorry I am still a bit confused.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-19-2004
Mon, 08-10-2009 - 12:06pm

The brush list appears when you've selected the brush tool from your toolbar and then click on the wee blue box at the right of where it shows you the brush tip that's selected up in the top option bar. In PS it looks like this -

I'm sure there are books out there that teach stuff like this but I've never looked to be honest. Most of the tutorials in our lists at the top of the board have screenshots in them so maybe those would help? :o)