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Lesson 10. Working with Transparency > Importing and colorizing a black-and-whi...

Importing and colorizing a black-and-white image

You’ll begin by working with the background layer for the menu. This layer serves as a random textured background that will be visible through the objects layered above it that have transparency settings. Since there’s nothing below this layer in the layer stack, you won’t change this object’s opacity.

In the Layers palette, select the Background layer, scrolling as necessary to find it at the bottom of the layer stack. Make sure that the two boxes to the left of the layer name show that the layer is visible (eye icon () appears) and unlocked (layer lock icon () does not appear). The pen icon () to the right of the layer name indicates that this is the layer onto which any imported objects will be placed, or where any new frames will be created.

Choose File > Place, and then locate, select, and open the 10_c.tif file in your Lesson_10 folder.

Move the loaded graphics icon pointer () to the upper left corner of the page and click, so that the image fills the entire page, including any margins. After you place the graphic, it remains selected. Keep the image selected.

With the graphic still selected, choose Window > Swatches to open the Swatches palette and select the Fill box (). Scroll down the list of swatches to find the Lime 80% tint, and click to select it. The white areas of the image are now the 80% tint of the green color, but the black areas remain black. Choose Edit > Deselect All to deselect the image.

In the toolbox, use the Direct Selection tool () to select the image again, and then select the Aqua color in the Swatches palette. The Aqua color replaces black in the original image, leaving the Lime 80% areas as they were.


Remember that the Direct Selection tool appears as a hand () when it is over a frame, but it still selects the contents of an image frame when you click.

In the Layers palette, select the empty box to the left of the Background layer name to lock the layer. Leave the Background layer visible so that you can see the results of the transparency work you will be doing above this layer.

You’ve learned a quick method for colorizing a grayscale image. While this method is effective for creating composites, you may find the color controls available in Adobe Photoshop CS2 more effective for creating your final work.



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