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Having Fun! / Re: Colorization Step-By-Step
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:37:47 PM »
I work at a newspaper and one of my main jobs is to color correct the photos, so practicing coloring helps quite a bit if you can believe that. I don't know what PSP is like so you might have to adapt my suggestions. Note: every picture is different, so you'll just have to go by eye.  Anyway, for skin coloring, I find that both red/magenta and yellow should be around 20% or so, with a touch of blue/cyan...maybe around 5%. Blush is mostly red with maybe a little blue or yellow, depending on what you want their coloring to be. Hair... well, I have yet to figure that out so I just basically wing it 'till it looks good, usually with red, yellow, and black though. Jewelry would be mostly yellow with a pinch of red if you're going golden, white with a teeny touch of blue if silver. For clothing, I like navy a lot... blue with a little red (but not enough to make purple). But actually, clothing is the fun part because you really don't know most of the time what colors they wore, so you can just make it up!

Here's some keys for those who didn't learn this in school: (you'd be suprised how many don't know)

To make colors other than red, yellow, and blue:
Orange = red + yellow
Green = yellow + blue
Purple = blue + red

For users of Photoshop, here are some things that might help.

First off, make sure the photo is in either RGB or CMYK mode. If it's in grayscale, you won't pick up any colors... just grays. You can find out which is which by going to the "Image" option on the top toolbar, and then go to "Mode". Then just select which one you want. I myself like to use CMYK (media print mode standing for Cyan Magenta Yellow Black) because that's what I'm used to, but most everyone else finds comfort with RGB (standard mode standing for Red Green Blue).

What's the difference?
Honestly, I don't really know. All I know is that I've tried to use RGB and have failed miserably. So I suggest you find whatever works best for you. If you happen to use CMYK though, just remember to change it to RGB when you save. It opens a lot more saving file options, like PNG, JPG, and BMP.

For selecting a specific area:
In the main toolbar, there's something called the "lasso" tool. It should be in the second row, next to the magic wand tool. Select the lasso. While holding down the mouse button, you draw around an area that you want to color a specific color, let's say a dress. So you just outline the dress and only the dress. If there is a section that you missed, hold down the shift key (a little + will appear next to the lasso cursor) while drawing and it will add that part to the previous selection. If you want to subract for the selection, I'm not sure what it would be for PC users, but for MAC users, hold down the 'option' key (a little minus sign will appear) and select the area you want subtracted.
Note: If you want to use this tool to select someone's face, remember to also select any other exposed skin, like arms, hands, and the neck. It's FAR EASIER to do this coloring all together than to do them separately, and risk the chance that your skin tones don't match.

What's the use of this?
Well, once you have selected all you want, you can color just that area without fear of coloring an arm the color blue. Then once you've colored to your liking, deselect the area.
It took me a while to get used to working this tool with all the keys to hold down and what they do, but honestly, this is the tool which makes my colored pictures what they are.

As I think of more tips, I'll post them.

Having Fun! / Re: Colorization Step-By-Step
« on: October 27, 2005, 03:28:02 PM »
Since the colored sections started way back when, many people have asked how to color, what techniques to use, etc., and I'd put in my help, as well as other people, and it would get buried after a while. So I asked Laura if she'd sticky a how-to thread near the top so it'd be readilly accessable for people who would like to learn.

I went back to the first colored thread and took all the info I found there that would be of help and I'll put it here. I didn't really look too intensely at it because I need to get to work soon, but when I have the time, I'll comb it over again, as well as search the other colored photos threads for relevent information. Thanks Laura for making this a sticky!

Forum Announcements / Re: Why do we have "user names"?
« on: October 24, 2005, 07:57:58 PM »
I don't like to use my real name because of safety reasons. I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to find out my info, but if they're going to get it, I'm not going to be the one to do it. I'll mention my first name every now and again, but I'm not comfortable using it as my user name.

Having Fun! / Re: Color Photos X
« on: October 20, 2005, 09:54:00 AM »

Nerdycool, I was referring to Mandie's link.  I did click on it and I did go to the website, but I could see no pictures, even when I clicked on the album link.  There was a blank spot, then free online albums hotsed by freeweb.  There were no pictures.

Oh.... lol......... sorry!

Having Fun! / Re: Forum Members Part Five.
« on: October 19, 2005, 07:27:42 PM »

Well, you're better off than us poor souls in Winnipeg, where there are only 2 seasons - winter and construction!

Yep, that's what it's like too, in North Dakota, your neighbors to the south. However, we have 3 seasons here... last winter, this winter, and next winter. I wish I could take Lanie's 50 degree cold though... it beats a windy and snowy 5 degrees anyday!!!

Having Fun! / Re: Color Photos X
« on: October 19, 2005, 07:18:36 PM »
If there are any blue words, that means that they are links. All you do to see the pic is to click on the blue word, and it'll take you to a separate site which hosts the picture, and the picture will be there.

BeNeLux Royalty / Re: BeNeLux royal jewels
« on: October 19, 2005, 02:31:09 PM »
Emeraldeyes and GDElla, thank you for posting the pics of the Chaumet!

Iberian Royal Families / Re: TM King Felipe & Queen Letizia
« on: October 19, 2005, 01:17:58 AM »
Yesterday, Princess Letizia had the same scare Crown Princess Mary had a few weeks ago by having early contractions, but doctors got it under control and the Princess was sent home later in the day perfectly well. She is due sometime in November.

Having Fun! / Re: Colour Photos IX
« on: October 15, 2005, 11:55:27 AM »
This is from sometime earlier on this very thread. I take it you did not read it. I suggest going through the threads sometime. There really is a lot of information to be found.

OK kiddies, I had an idea to try to put the kubash on recoloring, it's really easy, and I ran it past Laura and she liked the idea. My idea was to put a nearly transparent watermark over the image, much like what Corbis and other companies do with theirs. I figure everyone would be happy because the colorers wouldn't really need to be worried about someone taking their photo to reuse, and others can have the enjoyment of seeing colored photos. Though it still would be possible to erase the watermark, it would be such a pain to do it wouldn't be worth it.

Anyway, I found a tutorial site for Photoshop users and one for Paint Shop Pro users.... if you use a different program, let me know and I'll try to find something for you. Doesn't mean I'll find something though, but I will try.

I encourage everyone to give this a go and see how it works out.


Paint Shop Pro:

Here's the last colored photo I did of OTMAA, only with a watermark this time, just to let everyone see what I was thinking. OTMAA with watermark

P.S. - when I used the term "kiddies" above, don't worry, I call every group of people I'm around kiddies... I'm not singling out the younger set here.

And some clarifications…..

How you make a signature is to go to your toolbar to where the "T" is... that's the text tool. Then go to your pic and click and drag to make a text box. Once you let go of the mouse button, you'll see the cursor. Then type in whatever you want your signature to be. The font, font size, and font color information will be up at the top of the screen.

Once you have your signature, you can move it around using the move tool... it's located alongside the marquee tool at the top of the side toolbar. Then if you did step 2a, it then says to go directly to step 4.... therefore no drag and drop. Step 4 is for the layer modes and beveling and embossing. For the layer mode, make sure the text layer is selected and right above there's a scroll down box with the options. I chose hardlight... made it a little more visible. Then I did the filter. That's located under "Filter" > "Stylize" > and then choose emboss. My computer doesn't have the bevel option, so I didn't do it, but it still looks good without it.

If you have anymore questions, let me know and I'll be glad to help!

Having Fun! / Re: Colouring of Non-Royal pictures...Poll..
« on: October 15, 2005, 11:43:00 AM »
If anything is going to happen regarding a new colored photo thread outside the Having Fun section, I think it should not happen until official permission is sought... either from Laura or FA.

Having Fun! / Re: Movie Game
« on: October 15, 2005, 01:47:40 AM »
Jim Carrey - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Having Fun! / Re: Colour Photos IX
« on: October 15, 2005, 01:00:03 AM »
By request, here is a work I did as a step-by-step thing. This is the original b/w I used.

Next, I did my thing to the b/w so everything stands out a little better. Can you tell the difference?

Then I selected the background and colored it.

I then selected her dress and de-selected the polka dot area. I forgot to save between the color changes though... sorry. An easier way to de-select stuff like polka dots is to use the quick mask function. I go over this is detail on another colored photos thread, but I'm too lazy to go find it now.

Then I selected Alix's skin and used a yellowish-peachy-pink color. It was a little difficult on this pic because most of her skin didn't want to grab a hold of the color. That's why she looks pretty pale.

Then I did her hair. After, I went over her face with a manual brush and picked a peachier color. Then a darker pink/orange color for her lips and then I adjusted the lightness and opacity of above color and went over shadows on her face.

I then go back and color the furniture she's leaning against. I usually do that right after the background, but I forgot. And there's the finished product. I was rushed so there are some little mistakes, but I still like the outcome, though I'm not crazy about what I did to her face. Oh well.

Having Fun! / Re: Colouring of Non-Royal pictures...Poll..
« on: October 14, 2005, 09:17:17 PM »
Along with what Lanie said, I'll add my 2 cents.

The colored photos threads may be in the Having Fun section, but the focus IS royalty. Then why don't we move this proposed new section to the Discussion Forum? Because the colored photos threads annoyed so many people when they were in the Imperial Family threads, that they are the reason why we have the Having Fun section now. I say, if you have colored photos of non-royalty, great... but this site isn't the place to post them. If you really have to show off your non-royalty works, make a separate folder in photobucket and let people browse through on their own.

Having Fun! / Re: Colorization Step-By-Step
« on: October 14, 2005, 06:40:51 PM »
I would be interested to do this. But, I probably wouldn't give too much detail on how I did some things because it's a secret! :-X (sorry). I'll see how far I can get on one tonight...

Having Fun! / Re: Colouring of Non-Royal pictures...Poll..
« on: October 14, 2005, 06:35:38 PM »

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