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Old 01-04-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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Photoshop hand/coloring

This is Willie Boy--



He is a Paiute Indian who became known in the days of President Garfield for killing a man, going on the run and supposedly killing his girlfriend It is to this day a very controversial story taking place in our southern Mojave Desert.

I've been trying to figure out a way to color bw photos in Photoshop. Here, I used several solid color fill layers and erased what I didn't need under the bw overlay. The coat should be kind of a blue, a green striped shirt, brown hair, and a ruddy, red complexion.

Not sure if I got it right.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:14 PM   #2
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I know some people have had good results coloring digitally using various versions of Corel. Dunno much about any of it digitally, since I do it the traditional way.

The red is coming through nicely here and is a terrific, believable shade. I'm not really getting any skin tone here, and definitely can't make out any blue or greens. On my monitor, it's coming across more like selective coloring, since the red is what's obvious.

You know, if you were interested, you could just print this image out on any matte surface paper, and simply apply a barrier spray/workable fix spray, and use wax or colored pencils over it. Anything where you could slightly rub-in the pigment would work (since I'm guessing you'd not want to invest in photo-oil pencils, which would definitely work the best).

If you were to go that route, remember to print about 10-15% lighter than you would for normal B&W tones. If your tones are too dark, the colors won't ring true.
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(btw, I love the story behind this image! A compelling looking man, worthy of your effort.)
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:08 AM   #4
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The only colour I can see in this image, is the red on the background of the sign around his neck, as well as a small red area diagonally up to the right from the number 4 ....
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thank you Terri, Poly.

I haven't given up on this yet. Eyes been real goofy lately.
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