Firstly, I must tell you that I know less than you guys about Photoshop stuff so this is just me going on and on about stuf that you already know!!!
How often have you seen a kit and loved it but thought it was the wrong colour? Or wished that the ribbon matched your son's eyes? Having 2 boys that would die if I put pink anywhere near them!! But then the "pink" kits are sometimes the best ones *SIGH*!
Here's a before and after (I did this very very quickly as an example so not one of my best!!!
Of course we all know the basics of changing colours - hue/saturation (image>adjust>hue/saturation and colour overlay (FX button in layters palette) and obviously brightness/contrast and levels can change the tones. But there are many other ways - depending on the look and part you want to re-colour.
Without getting too complicated, here are some other, more advanced ways, using Photoshop CS3:
Image>adjust>hue/saturation. This brings up a box like this:
Notice the "Master
". click on the little arrow next to it and it will go through reds, blues, etc. If you click on reds then you can change the hue/saturation of just the colours with reds in (so the oranges and browns would be effected too).
" button cirlced above changes the whole image to one colour time. So you still get your detail showing through - like a black and white but in one colour! This is where you would change the image to sepia.
Also in the above box you will see the pretty coloured lines at the bottom. Use this for quickly colouring - so if you want blue just click on the blue bit at the bottom there.
So you want the image to be black and white but you want the eyes to stay the original colour. There are a few ways of doing this. Obviously if you change the element to "greyscale' you cannot add colour to it; therefore you need to desaturate. Now yopu need layer masks and all sorts to do this but to be really honest, it is easier to copy the colour image (control J), change the underneath to B&W (desaturate) then erase around the coloured image to reveal the B&W underneath! Or you can use the magical awesome HISTORY BRUSH tool but that takes the bits you brush over to the last history state since you last opened it (so you would need to save as - close - reopen........bit of hastle!!)
You can also use this method in colour images - for example changing the pink petals to another colour whilst keeping the yellow centre.
Another method for selective colouring is where you want to change one colour in a multi-colour image. As an example the yellow flower in the above kit and layout. I can do the hue/saturation and change the yellows - but the stem also has yellow in it - being the way green is made up. So you can use image>adjust>replace colour. It brings a box like this up:
(please note that the yellow flower image in the box was black with the yellow bit being white but by pressing control it made it all visable!!!)
Here is the before and after:
- so I think that about covers everything!!!
You can see an old Challenge Suzie hosted a while back with this technique here