Gloomy Rainbow Colour

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Hmm. This will give your image a rainbow look, but the rainbow won't be all yet colorful and bright and happy looking. It'd look more dark.. gloomy.. a bit vintage-ish, to say the least. :)

*This tutorial works better if you start out making a new document rather than opening an image...

If you start out with an image, make it black and white before doing anything (Image>>Adjustments>>Desaturate).

If you didn't start out with an image, then just open your new document in the size that you want, select the paint bucket, and make the whole thing black.
*If you didn't start out with an image, design the graphic however you want it with whatever brushes you choose. HOWEVER, make sure the brushes you used are in WHITE. No other color but 100% opacity WHITE.

k. I will start with this image, which I turned black and white:
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Create a new layer (shift+ctrl+n) then immediately set the layer setting to "Color." Changing to your brush tool, make sure you choose one of the soft round brushes (recommend using the 200 or 300 px one) and make sure the opacity is set on 90%.
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Using the soft-rounded brushes, color your image randomly with different colors of your choosing. Just play around with it until you get the right flow. ^^ I usually choose the same colors over and over again repeatedly. haha.
Afterwards, here is what I got:
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If yours looks a bit too bright, too rainbowish, don't worry and just hang on tight. ^_~

Create another new layer on top of the color one.
Choose the brush tool again and set the opacity to 25%.
Change your brush color to white, and with the 300px soft-round brush, paint the whole image again and again until you feel it has the right vibe. If you feel it's too dark, you could always adjust the colors on the other layer *that's the purpose of creating a new layer*.

Here's my final product:
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^_~ I think mine looks a bit off.

:x Like I said, it works better if you start with a black background and white brushes. ^^

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oooh thanks! very cool!

By missk on Apr 20, 2008 11:39 pm

cool =]

By N4th4li3L on Apr 13, 2008 12:47 am

Thanks. This is probably a horrible example of what it can do to a picture though. T_T

By lovescream on Jul 2, 2007 6:16 pm


By ShaBen on Jul 2, 2007 3:16 pm


By liya on Dec 31, 2006 7:17 am

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