Photoshop Toning & Color Tinting

In this episode of TheFIX, host Seán Duggan shares some tips and techniques for creating color toning and tinting (i.e., “hand coloring”) effects for black & white images. Beyond those key topics, this show also features useful tips on adjustment layers, layer masks, blending modes, and alternate ways of applying color tinting. Starting with a historical image from the Library of Congress, we start off with a look at how to create a basic sepia toning look. From there, we mix it up a bit and use multiple sepia layers and layer masks to create a varied and irregular toning effect, as well as a sepia look that also applies a darkening effect that contributes a tonal richness to the image. Next we shift gears and go over the basic “dance steps” for using adjustment layers and layer masks to create a hand colored look.

The hand coloring for the women factory workers photo was created after this episode was recorded, using the same type of techniques shown in the episode on the puma fountain photo. You can see the result below, as well as screenshots of the final layers panel for the colorized photo.

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Library of Congress Flickr Page

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Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, photo educator, and author who has been helping photographers master digital photography and digital darkroom techniques since 1997. He is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and he leads workshops and seminars at venues across the country. He has online courses on Photoshop and digital photography on lynda.com and he is the co-author of Photoshop Masking & Compositing, Real World Digital Photography, and The Creative Digital Darkroom. His web site can be seen at seanduggan.com.

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