Changing Colors


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This tutorial was created for some friends of mine who wanted to begin learning more about PSP.  It is intended for beginners to learn how to change the color inside an image.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro XI, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

This tutorial was created to teach you how to individualize images and tubes as needed.  Perhaps you are making a doll and like a particular dress style on the doll, but not the color.  Or you have a nice picture of your little girl or boy and feel that their shirt would look better blue instead of red.

1.  Choose an image or tube to work with.  SHIFT + D to duplicate, and close the original.

2.  We are going to use the lasso tool to select the part of the image that we want to change color.  Choose the lasso tool in the tool menu.  Set it to Point to Point for the selection type, Mode=replace, Feather = 0, Smoothing = 2 (PSP 7 - 9 may look better with smoothing = 1).  Place a CHECK in the first box, and in SHOW Nodes.

3.  Carefully select the area that you want to change color.  I magnified my image.  Choose the magnifying glass and left-click on the image until it is big enough for you.  Then go back to the lasso tool, and Left click on the edge of the dress.  Every time you left click, you will see a Node (dot), and it will connect to the next one automatically.  As you go around your image,  be careful to select as close to the edge of the dress as possible (see the neckline, around the hands, and the hem of the skirt on the legs).  You don't have to be so careful around empty areas.

4.  When you get around the dress back to the beginning, right-click ONCE and this will close the selection.

5.  If you look in the layer palette, you will see that the selection area is floated.  We don't want that.  Selections > Defloat.

6.  Selections > Promote Selection to Layer.  By defloating first, it makes a copy of the dress.  Had we promoted while the selection was floating, the dress would have been made into its own layer but deleted from the original layer.

7.  Adjust > Hue/Saturation > Colorize.  Change the Hue and Saturation to numbers that will give you the color you like.

I liked the color but found it a little too dark, so I brightened it.  Adjust > Brightness and Contrast > Brightness /Contrast.  I set Brightness = 20 and Contrast = 10.

8.  Now we have to clean up a some edges.  If this is your first time you may  not have "traced" the dress very well.  (This is why we promote the dress to a separate layer!)

Choose the eraser tool, and set it to these settings:  size = 2, hardness = 200, step = 10, density = 100, thickness = 100, opacity = 100.

9.  Magnify your image if necessary.  You can see that I've magnified mine to about 500%.  At the neckline you see the bright blue line.  This is where I was a little sloppy with my lasso-ing and included some of the neck color. 

10.  To get rid of this, carefully LEFT-click with the eraser on that bright blue line.

11.  Erase any of the bright blue that you see in your picture.  I had to do the neckline, around the hand, and the leg areas.

12.  Now,  you probably see some light skin areas left behind after your do this.  Click back on the ORIGINAL layer (bottom).  For these light areas RIGHT-click with the eraser tool. 

Left-clicking with the eraser tool ERASES
Right-clicking with the eraser tool  BRINGS BACK the color that you accidentally erased with the selection tool

13.  When you are finished touching up your image, Layers > Merge >Merge Visible

14.  Save this as a PSP image so that you can use this as a tube later.  File > Save As.

15.  Save this as a GIF to share in emails and on webpages:  File > Export > GIF Optimizer.



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