This tutorial will help you colorize and save your digital photography using Photoshop.
Start with your photo in Photoshop.
First step is to convert to grayscale but doing so while the image is still in RGB mode. To do this,
you will need to drop the color saturation to zero. To do so, click Ctrl + U. You will then get a
There will be 3 options from the main prompt. Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Drop the Saturation
to -100, which will remove all color from the image but keep the image in RGB mode. Leave Hue
and Lightness at the default settings. Now you have a black and white RGB image and you are
ready to pull out the blacks.
This is what the Banner server looks like in black and white. Let’s pull out the blacks and highlight
the whites. To do so we will need to edit the color curves. Since there are no colors in the image
except for black and white, all we will need to edit is the RGB light levels. To do so, click Ctrl + M.
You will then get a prompt.
The graphical curve editor works best. You can manually type in numeric values here, but just
grab the anchors with the mouse and drag. The Bottom anchor is for black, and the top is for
white. Let’s add roughly 30% black and add roughly 10% white. The image will now look like this:
Notice the difference between the black and white is greater. It may seem harsh now, but as
soon as we add color, it will look fantastic. Let’s add some color. To do so, we will need to enter
the same Hue/Saturation prompt as before. Click Ctrl + U. You will get a prompt.
First thing we need to do is click on the “colorize” checkbox to switch modes. We can then grab
the top slider for Hue and pick the tint we want. Lets go with blue (blue tints are between 180 and
230). Next we will need to set the Saturation. The higher the saturation, the more electronic the
image will look. Let’s drop it down to around 20, this will give us a more “washed” effect. We can
leave the lightness alone at zero since we did a much b