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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 layers and layer modes to tint specific areas or objects. Because the shades of color you apply 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 a large area of an image:


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