Today I wanted to post a new Photoshop/PSE vintage editing tutorial. I have posted the action to go along with this tutorial here.
This is a fun little editing technique to get a high contrast pink-tinted selectively-colored image.
I know you have all seen the not-so-subtle selective coloring effect, but I wanted to show that it is possible to use selective coloring in very pretty and subtle way. You can also skip the masking part of this tutorial if you want a simple vintage pink-tinted B&W image.
Mouse over the image to see the CoffeeShop Rosy Vintage effect!
So let's begin!
1. Open your image. I love this effect with simple light-colored backgrounds (like bathrooms). This would also be a fun way to edit Christmas ornament or flower arrangement images. I also love it on portraits.
2. Add a Levels adjustment layer without making any changes on the sliders and put this layer in Screen blending mode. Your image will be blown-out, but don't worry. You can adjust the opacity of this layer at the end of the edit.
3. Add a black to white Gradient Map adjustment layer for a simple B&W conversion.
4. Now we add the tint. I added a Color-Fill adjustment layer on top (hex# f5e3d9, peachy rosy color) for this edit, but you can play around to find your favorite tint. It doesn't even have to be pink. ;-)
5. Put this layer in Multiply blending mode. Stop here if you want a simple tinted B&W. Adjust the Levels and Color Fill layer opacities to taste. Continue if you want to selectively-color the image.
I think Duke's eyes are a bit too dark, and if I had time to repeat this edit I would use a Levels adjustment layer to adjust the shadows and add a black layer mask and then paint out the eyes.
6. Click to select the B&W Gradient Map layer mask. Then click B to select your brush tool, make sure it is soft, and start with an opacity of 50% or so. Use a higher opacity if you want more color showing through, less if you want a very subtle color pop. Now paint over the areas on the image you wish to add back color. I did a quick and dirty paint over the boys.
Note: Make sure to keep holding down your mouse button as you paint over the entire image. If you paint over one part at 50% and then release the mouse button and finish painting and overlap an area already painted, the color will be too intense in that area.
7. Here is a nifty trick to see how well you painted. While holding down shift-alt, click on the layer mask and your painted areas will show up red on the image. You can see where I went over the lines and missed a few places.
Click on B for brush, make it white and hard, and bring the opacity up to 100% and paint over the areas that have spilled over. Then use a soft black low opacity brush to paint in areas you missed. Then hold down shift-alt and click on the layer mask to remove the red.
8. My image is now cleaned up. I think I will add a texture.
9. I used a Florabella texture from Set 1. Just drag the texture on top of your image and then Ctrl-T to make it fit.
10. I put the texture layer in Soft Light blending mode for a subtle effect. Play with textures, you never know what will look great with your edit.
I hope you enjoy this tutorial! I have posted the CoffeeShop Rosy Vintage action in another post. This action only has Step 1-5, you will have to mask and add the texture on your own. :-) I also am going to post more digital paper, digital tape, frames and storyboards in the next weeks. I have a huge folder of WIP's (works-in-progress) that I need to go through. :-)
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