Wednesday, February 9, 2011
What is it about yellow? (recoloring tutorial)
Have you signed up to participate in DesignStar yet? In honor of the upcoming competition, today's tip is about recoloring...it's useful for scrappers AND designers.
One of the major reasons to love digital scrapbooking is the ability to recolor items to make the perfect match. I'm always encouraging my CT to recolor anything they need to. They often ask "How do you make something yellow?" I'm not sure what it is about yellow, but for some reason it's a little tricky.
I'm sure there are several ways to turn an element yellow, but here's my favorite process. (I'm using Photoshop CS4, but it should work in Photoshop Elements as well.)
Let's start with an element. I was working on a layout about CORN...using Chilling & Grilling. (That little corn cob is so CUTE). But I wanted a yellow ribbon or trim. No yellow ribbons in the kit, but there is a red ricrac, so we'll have to work with that. First we need to desaturate the ribbon (I use Ctrl-U).
And we'll pick a nice golden yellow and make a fill layer above our ricrac. Change the blend mode back to normal (on the yellow layer) Duplicate the bottom ricrac layer and move it above the yellow layer. Change the blending mode on that top layer to linear light.
Now lower the opacity of the linear light layer to about 40%
That's much better, but lowering the opacity seems to have decreased the definition. Duplicate linear light layer and change the blending mode to soft light. Soft light adds back in some of the contrast, but in a soft way.
For more recoloring tips & tutorials, be sure you are subscribed to my CU newsletter (up there in the right hand column) and check out the greyscale items in my store. Included in each collection is a PDF showing how to create the sample shown in the preview...like this:
PS... the images in those PDF's are much more clear...this blog is shrinking them and making them harder to see here. Sorry!
If you have any questions...I'd love to hear from you: email@example.com
Have a great day!