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Having Fun! / Re: Color Photos X
« on: November 12, 2005, 01:08:22 AM »
I might have more luck on our desktop computer with the mouse -- my laptop's touchpad is a bit jumpy for that sort of work.

I think the best investment for coloring photos (besides photo editing software) is an optic mouse. The roller ball mice, for me anyway, makes a huge mess. The optics make intricate work easier.

Having Fun! / Re: Color Photos X
« on: November 10, 2005, 11:12:27 PM »

Having Fun! / Re: Say something about the person above you!
« on: November 08, 2005, 10:12:43 AM »
^ has a great new website with Romanov paper dolls!  ;D ;D ;D

Having Fun! / Re: Say something about the person above you!
« on: November 07, 2005, 05:27:11 PM »
^ hates geting wet

(now that I think about it, that's not saying anything nice... it's just a fact. Oh well. ) ::)

Having Fun! / Re: Say something about the person above you!
« on: November 06, 2005, 01:18:58 PM »
^ Robby is getting infinitely better at coloring photos. (it may have been said before, but it bears repeating)

Having Fun! / Re: Say something about the person above you!
« on: November 05, 2005, 03:05:04 PM »
^ one of the youngest people ever to have a virtual harem :)

Having Fun! / Re: Color Photos X
« on: November 03, 2005, 12:59:34 AM »
She's a little too yellow, but I'll fix that later.

Tatiana on the Standart

Having Fun! / Re: Forum Members Part Five.
« on: November 02, 2005, 01:46:32 AM »
Lol! Merrique, that's great. While I was reading it, the voice of Stewie Griffin from the Family Guy was narrating in my head. If you've ever seen that show, that's right along the lines of what he thinks. Lol....

Having Fun! / Re: Favorite Scores (film)
« on: October 29, 2005, 12:08:30 AM »
Yes, Schindler's List is on my favorites. It's haunting. Some of my top soundtracks are Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (underrated IMO), Casper (quirky & catchy), Forrest Gump (beautiful & moving), Rudy (motivational), Little Women (nostalgic), Man in the Iron Mask (dramatic), Moulin Rouge from the movie, not released soundtrack, & Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story (beautiful with modern Asian sounds combined with traditional orchestra)

My soundtracks rarely include vocals... if they do, there's only 1-2 tracks with them on there. I LOVE instrumental soundtracks! The only reason Moulin Rouge is on there is because the music is great, and because Ewan McGregor's voice is to die for.

The American economy is hardly in shambles. Granted, it's not as good as it has been in the past, but I really don't think we should be compared to Russia's economy. Instead, a better comparison would be that of Russia and say... France, or Romania.

Anyway, it's an interesting idea, restoring a constitutional monarchy in Russia. There would be lots of things to consider, but I think that IF this does happen, the Romanov's won't be the family. That would be a huge headache from the conroversy as to who's legitimate and who's not. Instead, I can see a re-installation of the Ruriks, or maybe another family.

And I agree with one thing, Putin does not want a return to the monarchy... if anything, he wants the return of the Soviet Union, in some form or another.

Having Fun! / Re: Color Photos X
« on: October 28, 2005, 11:14:46 PM »

Forum Announcements / Re: Kind of late, but still very important
« on: October 28, 2005, 11:05:08 PM »
Those bracelets can be found at many places in the US, but if you live outside the US, the last link I gave has many items one can buy and anything you may buy there, part of the money will go to help fund mammograms for low-income women.

I too have some family history of this disease... my grandma had it twice, and didn't make it through the second round, and my mother had it and thankfully beat it. So my sister and I are both higher risk as a result of 2 generations before having it. I just had my appointment and due to a suspicious spot, will have a mammogram next week. Since I'm only 24, the doctor thinks it's just a fibrous cell (very common in young women), but will check anyway due to my history.

Forum Announcements / Kind of late, but still very important
« on: October 28, 2005, 08:56:49 PM »
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and now is a great time to go get checked out! Breast cancer is one of the leading killers for women, but with an early diagnosis, it can be beaten. If a close relative (mom, sister, aunt, grandmother...especially on your mother's side) has had it, your chances of getting it are greater. Men should be aware what to look for too, as it's getting more and more common in men.

Some websites with tons of info: (American Cancer Society) (National Cancer Institute)

Check your area for organizations which may help with obtaining these services if money or lack of insurance is an issue. For example, here in North Dakota, we have an organization called Women's Way which women can get free testing... including pap tests and mammograms, as well as assistance for other things. Women's Way is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other states have similar programs.

Having Fun! / Re: Colorization Step-By-Step
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:40:20 PM »
Here's some miscellaneous tips I thought of that don't really fit in any specific area:

* When coloring, I used to color the people's faces/skin first, followed by the hair, then clothes, then backgrounds. I've found that if I did it in this order, the backgrounds and clothes tended to be brighter and the skin looked washed out. So I recently reversed the order. Now I do the background first, clothes second, and skin/hair last, and the results are a lot better. The skin doesn't look so pasty when compared to the brightness of their surroundings because I can better control the brightness of the skin when it's next to already colored clothing.

* When painting using the paintbrush tool, there's a box up near the top that's labelled "wet edges". It's preferable from my standpoint to uncheck this box. Why? Well, if you make a pass over an area with color, then come back to the side of it, and happen to overlap the previous pass, there'll be some areas with a darker color. If the wet edges is unchecked, this won't happen. This way, you won't have to constantly change your brush size or zoom in a lot.

I could give you pointers for both PsP as well as adobe. Make sure to raise your opacity when coloring skin and hair;it will help brighten and make it look more realistic. And i did the same when i started..I thought what looked like skin tone color was the good choice for skin, but lean more toward slight pink-peach etc. because the skin tone color comes out different on the b/w "canvas". For opacity, about 75 or so shuld be good for hair+skin.
Hope this helps!

I use Paint Shop Pro 7,and use layers of different qualities--multiply, burn, overlay, soft light, etc depending on what I'm coloring.

Before I do anything I make sure the picture's okay to color.  Usually I'll play around with brightness/contrast a bit to get parts darker.  I tend to go with brightness 10, contrast 10.  Or 5 and 5.

I use the airbrush tool on the first layer which I set to multiply.  This I use for the skin; I use a peachy-red color and color over the entire area I want to color.  Then I use the lasso tool set to freehand and select and delete the areas that I colored over into, ie a dress, shirt, whatever.  I color the hair this color too.  Once that's all done I set the opacity to anywhere from 20-50%, then I duplicate the layer and set that to color and play around with contrast and colorize til I get the right color.  If it's too bright which it often is I just make the opacity something like 40-70% depending.  For a natural looking flush in the cheeks and on the lips I use the multiply function on a new layer and airbrush around the cheek area just once, and play around with the opacity until it's faded enough to look natural.  I make a new layer, multiply, and airbrush once over the lips (the airbrush size is pretty large for this) and I zoom in and get rid of the excess color outside the lips, then I play around with the opacity there on that layer too.  For lighter areas I make a new layer with the soft light property and airbrush over the same pinky-peach color I used for the skin. I use the lasso tool again but this time with feather of 8 to 10, and delete the darker areas where I don't need things to be paler/lighter.  The opacity should be from 50-70% depending on the photograph.

For hair I go over the hair with a new layer of the color and make the opacity like 70% so it doesn't look too bright, looks natural.  Then I do soft light again over the parts of the hair that are brighter from the light of the photograph.

For other things, say foliage, I usually pick a mid-to-light green color and make a new layer set to burn and airbrush and do the lasso tool stuff, feather 1 or 2 to get rid of excess stuff.  I play around with opacity, then do a new soft light layer for the lighter areas and here the opacity will be like, 30%.

Having Fun! / Re: Colorization Step-By-Step
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:39:01 PM »
For the CMYK v. RGB, I guess it would depend on what you do to your photos. There are some color adjustments under the "Image" in the toolbar up top like 'Levels', 'Selective Color', and 'Color Balance' that I do which are a bit different in the RGB mode, and it's taking me a while to adjust. Usually, I get frustrated and go back into CMYK.

I’m sure you all are dying to know what I do to the pics in Photoshop. I’ll let you guys in for some of them, but not all of them :-* (though by any means it’s not that hard to find out). I’ll kind of explain what I do, but since I’m not at work so therefore no program in front of me, I’ll probably forget the locations of some of the tools and capabilities. Now this is not the Gospel… it’s just the way I do it, so if you find another way to do something, great! (Then share with me!)

Fine-tuning original picture before color... I call it prepping:
Step 1:[/i] open the picture and under “Image” on the top toolbar, select ‘Mode’, and make sure it’s black & white (or grayscale).
Step 2:[/i] Go to “Levels” – “Image”> ‘Adjust’> ‘Levels’. When it’s open, there’ll be a big area where there’s a black and white graph-type detail. The image below is just an example of what the levels box looks like.

Under it is a slide bar with 3 arrows: a black one on the left side, a gray one in the middle, and a white one on the right side. They represent the shadows, midtones, and highlights, respectively. On the very bottom is a gradiated(sp) bar, with black on the left working all the way up to white on the right. There are two arrows on this. I don’t use these very often, but their function is to take black out of black and white out of white, making the picture grayer. Try it so you understand. Also make sure the “Preview” option is checked so you can see the changes as you make them.

***The first 2 instructions vary by image***
2a. starting with the white arrow, move it to where the black graph starts. Sometimes the black goes all the way to the end, like in this example. If that’s the case, then leave the arrow at the end, or move it in just a little. If you go too far, all the whites will look “blown-out” (you’ll know what I mean once you get to that point)
2b. now go to the black arrow and bring that up to where the black graph starts. Again, sometimes it goes all the way to the end. You can move it in a little to darken your blacks up, or you can just leave it at the end.
2c. once you have your highlights and shadows to your liking, go to the middle arrow. This will lighten or darken your midtones (or grays). I usually move it towards the black. This lightens it. Going towards the white will darken it. Play around and figure out what looks best to you.

When you’ve adjusted the picture to your liking, uncheck the “Preview” so you can see what it looked like before, then put the check back on to see the after. Then hit OK.

Now you’re ready to start coloring!

Here's the next installment. Along with the lasso tool, there's something cool that I use to select large areas called "quick mask".

Step 1: Select the paintbrush tool, with a brush that has hard edges, not the shaded out edges. And up on the top toolbar, the mode should be set to normal, with an opacity of 100% (anything less than 80% won't register as a selection).
Step 2: On the main toolbar that's on the side, towards the bottom, directly under the color selection area, there's 2 boxes, side by side.

Select the one that has the white box with a gray circle in it (circled in red). This is the quick mask option. The one next to it with a white box with a dotted edge circle (circled in green) exits you from quick mask mode, also known as editing in the standard mode.

What does it do?
It's a very quick way to select an area, like a face. Since you are in the paintbrush tool, you just use it as a paintbrush. When you make a pass through an area, it'll turn red, like in the first picture of the woman (is that Sandra Bullock?).

Don't worry, this is just to let you know what areas you've been to and if you missed something. It's OK too if you aren't too neat with going over lines and the such, because you can go back through later with the lasso and clean it up. When you're satisfied with your selection, click on the box with the empty circle that I talked about earlier. Now your selection has the moving dotted boundary around it like the second picture of the woman, and you can clean up the edges now with the lasso.

Then you can color it!

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