Tinting

This set of brushes is designed for tinting photographs. They all work in a similar way and their names indicate the differences, oily, grainy, bristle, etc. In the illustrations below the differences are not very apparent and I have rather arbitrarily chosen to repaint this car in some vivid colors.

The original monochrome photograph was kept on the Canvas, a new empty layer was created on top and the brush strokes painted onto that layer. It is essential to change the layer composite method to Color to avoid obscuring the original image beneath.

In addition to the Tinting brushes there are several diffusing brushes and three are shown below. These are very useful for creating a texture over areas of a picture and they are explained in more depth in the later chapters which cover portraits.

Directional Diffuser

Figure 3.102

Ellen.

Figure 3.102

Ellen.

A Soft Glazing Round brush from the Tinting brush category was used to tint this old family photograph.

The brush opacity was only 1% or 2% but the color was still too strong, however as each section of tinting was put on a separate layer this allowed the opacity of the relevant layers to be reduced where necessary. The Mixer palette was very useful in selecting the colors.

For a more detailed, step-by-step guide to hand coloring refer to Chapter 10, Hand coloring and toning.

Figure 3.103

Original photograph.

Figure 3.104

The layers palette.

Figure 3.103

Original photograph.

Figure 3.104

The layers palette.

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