Add colouring to a photo on Photoshop

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change this:

to this:

lets begin!
first, open your base photo:

i like to resize & sharpen my images, so use
filter > sharpen > unsharp mask
these are my settings:
Amount: 181%
Radius: 1.2 pixels
Threshold: 0 levels
here is the result:

next, create a new curves layer
layer > new adjustment layer > curves...
input: 14
output: 22
it may be a tad bright, but we'll fix that

next, create a new layer (ctrl+shift+n) and fill it with a brighter orange-yellow colour
i used #FFF0C1
& set it to 'multiply'

create another layer and fill it with a blue-green color
i.e. #C1FFE8
and set it to 'color burn'
sorry, i forgot to screen shot this )':

duplicate the original image and move it to the top
then, go to image > adjustments > hue/saturation
and check the colorize box
set the saturation down, i would say in the 20s, and adjust the hue to a browner color, around the 40s
set it to soft light
here is the result:

create a new layer again and fill it with a darker color
in this case, i used a darker blue, #00004E
set it to lighten

for the reason of clutter, go to layer > flatten image

create one more layer and fill it with a lighter pink-purple (#FFBCBC)

and thats all!

the final result:

Tutorial Comments

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wow (:

By forgetit on Jun 12, 2009 2:51 pm

very nive

By xplasticxtimee on Jun 5, 2009 7:34 pm

O M G. I have always wondered how to do a color edit like this. Google doesn't have shit. Thanks soo much.

By fallinsinner on May 26, 2009 4:05 pm

i love this. thanks alot.!
theres a bunch of these on cb. but this is the fastest. and it looks awesome.!

By ipodtoxxic on May 21, 2009 4:28 pm

niceeeeeeeeeeeeee. she looks a bit too saturated though ;]

By keenakyra on May 14, 2009 9:44 pm

I love this.

By K3ish on May 10, 2009 5:28 pm

I love it ~ >:D

By xgrizzy on May 10, 2009 3:35 pm


By futura on May 5, 2009 2:17 am

May I just point out, at the very end, where you say to create a new layer and fill with a light pink layer, you forgot to add that it should be set to Soft Light :) But other than that it was a very nicely done tutorial. Very easy to follow and understand.

By IzzyGrace on May 4, 2009 2:06 pm

nice colors.
Although, yellow isn't really my color.

By PeterBeepBeep on Apr 28, 2009 8:08 pm
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Author BlakeBiscuitFace View profile
Submitted on Apr 27, 2009
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Reviewer manny-the-dino View profile
Approved on Apr 27, 2009

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