[Photoshop] Fire: B/W to color

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by SE><IE, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. SE><IE

    SE><IE Guest

    Getting a color version from a grayscale one is a pretty simple job for simple objects. But When its something like fire you won't like single colored fire. Thats where this tute kicks in.

    Extract the fire area to a new layer. I used the blue background to enhance "viewing pleasure"
    select the extracted fire layer and duplicate 2 times using ctlr +j. Name
    the lower layer as yellow (optional) and the upper one as red (optional again).Select the yellow layer.

    For CS2/3:
    Click on the small ying-yang type icon in the bottom area of layers palette and select Hue/Saturation from the context menu that appears.

    For pre CS2:
    Press ctlr+U to bring Hue/Saturation dialog box.
    Modify the dialog box to get following result.
    Apply similar on red layer albeit with different settings.
    (This step is required only for CS2/3 users) select the Hue saturation layer above Yellow layer and ctrl + click between the current layer and the one below it (i.e., H/S layer and Yellow layer)
    Apply the same for red layer too. (see screenshots)

    Now select the red layer and change its blending mode to color burn.

    Here's the final result.

    I did the masking very roughly. It needs more working for a real job.
    I chose just 2 colors and a single layer was blended (color burn). For advanced effect more colors and other blending modes must be chosen. Including some changes in opacity and/or fill.

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    Awesome tut
    reps to you
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    SE><IE Guest

    I'm glad you liked it :D

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