May
19

Hand colouring effect in Photoshop

by
Matt Bennett

A fun (and surprisingly addictive) way of adding great colour effects to your black and white images

Before
Before
After
After

Step 1

Click on the ‘Create a new layer’ button at the bottom of the Layers palette to create a blank layer above your main image. Double-click the colour swatches at the bottom of the Tools palette and from the Color Picker dialogue box select a suitable skin tone.

Step 1
Step 1

Step 2

Change the blending mode of Layer 1 to Color. Press ‘B’ on the keyboard to activate the brush tool and ‘paint’ over the areas of the image that you want to add colour to. You will probably want to lower the opacity of the layer to about approximately 40-60%.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3

When you’ve finished with your first colour, simply return to the ‘Create a new layer’ button at the bottom of the Layers palette and make another blank layer. Double click the colour swatches at the base of the Tools palette again and choose a second colour. In this case, we’ve opted for a red colour to use for the tie.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 4

Simply repeat this process for each individual colour that you want to use and gradually build up your hand tinted effect layer by layer. By doing it in steps like this, you can go back and adjust any of your colours at a later stage.

Step 4
Step 4
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