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Ha. I was peeking into some of my folders this morning (because I seem to make a lot of things and then forget about them) and I came across a pattern I'm pretty sure I never published that I called (quite appropriately, I think) "basic sperm". This is exactly the kind of filler that often comes in handy for me when putting together certain kinds of pattern combos (it gets along swimmingly here, for example, with another wayward couple), so I thought I might as well let it spurt out into the big wide world and see who salutes it. But, also, it occurred to me that this might be a good one to use to do a consolidation of certain of the colorizing tips I've offered before, so if you are interested, continue reading. If you just dropped by for the bad puns, it's time to smoke your cigarette and go home, because I'm afraid I've shot the wad. That's it; there's nothing more. Finito. I hate to blow you off, but you'll just have to leave. (But do be sure to come again!)

It's very fun and easy to experiment with colorizing images by using hue and saturation or by playing with Photoshop's "variations", but sometimes you want an exact color, and that not always easy to get. You can use the fill bucket to fill in areas with color, but this technique often tends to result in some sort of ugly jaggies. The following are some good ways to get your exact color on black and white images when using Photoshop or a program with similar options. For these examples, we will say that the exact color you want to use is #006699 blue.

First of all make sure you convert the .gif file to RGB (Image: Mode: RGB color), then:

If you want a solid colored design on a black background, choose the tile with the white design on the black background, make a new top layer, color it in with the the color you want (with color-fill "bucket" tool), then go to Layer: Layer Style: Blending Options: Multiply.

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If you want a black design on your color background, choose the tile with the black design on the white background, make a new top layer, color it in with the the color you want, then go to Layer: Layer Style: Blending Options: Multiply.

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If you want a solid colored design on a white background, choose the white design on the black background, make a new top layer, and color it in with the inversion of the color you want (to find the inversion make a square of your color choice, and just invert it by using Image: Adjust: Invert.). Then go to Layer: Layer Style: Blending Options: Multiply. Flatten the image by using Layer: Flatten Image, then invert the image (Image: Adjustments: Invert).

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If you want a white design on your color background, choose the black design on the white background, make a new top layer, and color it in with the inversion of the color you want. Then go to Layer: Layer Style: Blending Options: Multiply. Flatten the image by using Layer: Flatten Image, then invert the image (Image: Adjustments: Invert).

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If you want a two-tone version in the color of your choice, choose the grey design on the white background, make a new top layer, and color it in with the inversion of the color you want. Then go to Layer: Layer Style: Blending Options: Multiply. Flatten the image by using Layer: Flatten Image, then invert the image (Image: Adjustments: Invert).

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If you want a two-tone version with the design darker than the background choose the grey design on the white background, make a new top layer, and color it in with the color you want. Then go to Layer: Layer Style: Blending Options: Multiply.

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Posted by taz on July 27, 2004 at 04:25 AM in Color, Tips | Permalink

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