Oh gosh, it's been a long time since I've posted a tutorial! This tutorial is a simple coloring tutorial for changing a cap or image that is primarily blue into something a bit easier to work with. I'll try my best to explain everything :)
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I use PSP, but it should definitely be translatable to other programs. It allows me to save in psd format too, so I've uploaded both.
First I re-sized the image to a more manageable size.
Then I made a new layer and set it to screen at 100% opacity.
I repeated this three more times. The amount of screen layers varies on different images, if the image is very dark then you would probably need more same goes for the opposite... the lighter the cap the less screen layers you need.
Now to get rid of some of those blue/green tones I add a color balance layer and adjust the midtones.
Now that's a lot better, there are some pink and yellow tones running through the image giving it some variation in color and a more natural feel.
I flattened the image, copied it, and set it to soft light at 100% opacity.
It was still a bit dull so I repeated the step.
Now the green in his hair and in her blanket is kind of ugly, so I decided to cover it up with some black. I made a new raster layer and took the paintbrush and just went over his hair and her blanket, then I went to my toolbar adjust>blur>gaussian blur and set the radius to 3. Then I set the layer to soft light and 100% opacity.
It wasn't covered up enough, so I duplicated the soft light layer.
Much better! Now the colors still weren't vibrant enough for me, I thought there was still a bit too much blue/green so I created another color balance layer and adjusted the highlights.
That gave it some more pinkish tones.
For some reason the coloring still bothered me, I realized I wanted a lot more red and pink tones. I created another color balance layer and adjusted the midtones again.
Now the colors are pretty intense there's a lot of red.
But it was a bit too red, so I made a new saturation layer. I then went to edit>reds and lowered the saturation.
You can see how the reds are not as intense, but the coloring still stays vibrant.
Finally I re-sized the image and cropped it to my liking.
I feel like the colors should pop a bit more, so I duplicate the image, and set it to soft light at 30% opacity. Then I add a brightness/contrast with the adjustments in both set to 5.
And that's it! Usually if I feel like playing around with textures, sharpness, etc... or adding text I do so at this stage. End result:
Results of course will vary depending on your image, so I wouldn't follow it step by step.... adjust the settings as you go. Enjoy :)psp