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This will show you how to colorize part of an image using the mask feature in PSP8. To the best of my knowledge, this works in other versions as well, but the tool options/locations may be different.

Original Image:
[url=http://img168.echo.cx/my.php?image=sunflowerfield3oj.jpg]User posted image[/url]
Open your image in Paint Shop. Immediately go to Window>Duplicate. This is the image we will be colorizing.

Go to Adjust>Hue and Saturation>Hue/Saturation/Lightness. Make sure the "colorize" box is checked, and match the settings like so:
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This will make the image greyscale without reducing image colors.
[url=http://img168.echo.cx/my.php?image=tutgreyscale6iu.jpg]User posted image[/url]

Make sure your layer selection/move tool is selected, and that your layer palette is open.
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With your original colored image active, drag the "background" layer on the layer palette onto the greyscale image. The greyscale image will then look exactly like the colored image.

Go to Layers>New Mask Layer>Hide all. Your image will once again be greyscale.

On the colors palette, select white as your foreground color and black as your background color. You'll notice that the only colors you can select are shades of grey.

Select your paintbrush tool and set the brush tip to the default circle. Paint over whatever part of your picture you'd like to be colored. Use varying sizes to get into the smaller details of the picture... and of course, zooming in is highly beneficial.

Using a mask in this way, it is very easy to fix an accidental out of the lines stroke. Simply paint over it with your right mouse button to re-hide the color!

With luck and a lot of practice, your image may look something like this:
[url=http://img168.echo.cx/my.php?image=tutpartcolor5zb.jpg]User posted image[/url]
For time purposes, I only colorized one flower!

You can do fun things with masks... For example, instead of painting over one flower, you can use a black/white/greyscale gradient to fade the color away. Using a radial gradient:
[url=http://img168.echo.cx/my.php?image=tutradial4ib.jpg]User posted image[/url]
And a linear gradient:
[url=http://img168.echo.cx/my.php?image=tutlinear1et.jpg]User posted image[/url]

Have fun with this!

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basic but still a good teach for any n00b

By Tramatize on Oct 28, 2007 10:56 pm

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