Retro Rainbow Effect

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First Off, Open your photo. I will use this one of Ashlee Simpson:

Next, you need to de-saturate the image, or in other words, make it black and white.
Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.
A new window will pop up.
Set the levels to the following:

Click OK.

You should have a black and white photo:

Next, make a new layer. Set the blending mode to "Color".

Now, go to your "Swatches" tab (Window>Swatches), and choose either one of the three PANTONE color bridge CMYK swatches.

Your first three colors in the box should be yellow, magenta, and cyan, which are the colors that will be used to create the rainbow.

Next, select your brush tool, and one of the three colors. Before you begin painting your image, right-click it, and set hardness to 0. Set your brush opacity to around 65%.

Now, paint the top half of your image with your first color. I chose yellow as my first.

Then, paint the middle half with your next color.

Lastly, paint the bottom half with your third color.
There you are, all finished :D

Final Product:

Tutorial Comments

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this was easy and fun =]

By stasiaqotswaqq on Jan 12, 2009 10:03 am

i dont have PANTONE color bridge CMYK swatches what do i do?

By mszcandix3 on Dec 8, 2008 11:40 am

i figured out that the brush should be used on a mew page and set that page to lighten. thaen it worked. :]

By Joss-eh-lime on Nov 8, 2008 12:54 am

the piant brush is also painting the background, and i dont want it to do that... how can i stop that.

By Joss-eh-lime on Nov 6, 2008 7:10 pm

oooh ima try this one!

By Joss-eh-lime on Nov 6, 2008 7:01 pm


By fatmonsterx on Oct 30, 2008 3:58 pm

this is really great, :)

By notusing on Sep 29, 2008 3:00 am

If it doesn't work, then it must only do it in CS3

By Harp on Sep 14, 2008 10:44 am

Yeah I Did It (H)

By Cupcake-S on Sep 14, 2008 8:01 am

it doesent show PANTONE color bridge CMYK swatches.

By jenniferkoy on Sep 14, 2008 12:38 am
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Author Harp View profile
Submitted on Sep 13, 2008
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Approved on Sep 26, 2008

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