Crisp & Vibrant Colorization

Photoshop Tutorials


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Your outcome will be..

First, you see this drab ol' picture, nothing special. Well, choose your own drab picture and lets get going! I chose a picture of the wonderful Blake Lewis:

Choose your picture, and open it up in photoshop. If it is large, resize! 300px is a nice size, I'd say.

Now, go to Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Curves and make a mark on the grid. Fill in these, por favore:

input: 65
output: 63

It should look like this:

Next, go to Layer>>>>New Fill Layer>>Solid Color and use #FFFD33 (bright yellow). Set the layer to Soft Light 100% and it should end up like this:

Next, go to Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Selective Color and fill in these settings:

Cyan: 0
Magenta: 0
Yellow: -90
Black: +100

Make sure it's in Neutrals on the drop down list!

Click okay, and you should end up with this:

Go to Layer>>Merge Visable so your all cleaned up! And this is a must-do or it'll looked messed.

Now duplicate your the base (which should be the only layer on the layer pallete) and make sure it's at the top. Set it to Soft Light 81% opacity.

It should look like this:

Go to Layer>>New Fill Layer>>Solid Color and choose Black. Set the layer to Soft Light 100%. It should look like this:

Now Go to Layer>>New Fill Layer>>Solid Color and choose #03037A (a dark navy blue). Set it to Exclusion. Opacity: 35% Fill: 35%. It should look like this:

Merge all of your layers and go to Filter>>Sharpen. Now, use the sharpen tool and make it about the size of the persons eyeball. Sharpen both eyes, and mouth. It should look like this:

Ahh! Fresh and crisp! You like? Ehh! I think it looks pretty snazzy!

Also, if you'd like to create an awesome little almost-black-and-white-but-it-looks-fresh look that just do this.. Go to Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Hue and Saturation. Set the saturation to -60! It looks pretty cool for a classy look. So, you'd get this:


Tutorial Comments

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i can't get the curves. how my picture looks the same even when i put the curves on?

By invisiblegally on Jan 3, 2008 8:18 pm

good tut!
i LOVE it!! :)

By manny-the-dino on Nov 13, 2007 7:02 pm

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Author ChristyChaos View profile
Submitted on Nov 12, 2007
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Approved on Nov 12, 2007