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Chapter 6. Fixing and Retouching Photos > Adding a Color Tint to an Image

Adding a Color Tint to an Image

Using a technique called colorization, you can add a single color tint to your images, simulating the look of a hand-applied color wash, or the warm, antique glow of an old sepia-toned photograph. You can apply the effect to any image, even if it was originally saved as grayscale, as long as you first convert it to RGB. In addition to colorizing an entire image, you can use any of the selection tools to isolate and tint just a specific area or object. Since the different shades of color applied are determined by the image’s original tonal values, photographs with good brightness and contrast levels make the best candidates for colorizing. (For information on tonal values and levels, see “About Tonal Correction” in Chapter 3).

To colorize an image:

Using any of the selection or marquee tools, select the area of your image you want to colorize.

If you want to colorize an entire image, it’s not necessary to make a selection.

From the Enhance menu, choose Adjust Color > Hue/Saturation, or press Ctrl+U/Command+U to open the Hue/Saturation dialog box (Figure 6.56).

Figure 6.56. Open the Hue/Saturation dialog box to access the Colorize option.

See that the Preview checkbox selected, then click the Colorize check box (Figure 6.57).

Figure 6.57. Click the Colorize check box to add a colored tint to any image.

Clicking the Colorize check box converts all the color in the image to a single hue.

Drag the Hue slider right or left until you arrive at the color you like (Figure 6.58).

Figure 6.58. The position of the Hue slider determines the color your tinted image will be.

Drag the Saturation slider to adjust its values.

Dragging the slider to the left moves the color’s saturation value closer to gray, while dragging it to the right moves its value closer to a pure, fully saturated color.

Drag the Lightness slider to adjust the color’s brightness values.

Dragging to the left dims the color’s brightness value, shifting it closer to black, while dragging to the right brightens its value, shifting it closer to white.

Click OK to close the Hue/Saturation dialog box.

Your image is now composed of different values of the single color hue you selected.



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