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Shade the Mystic
11-19-2006, 03:02 AM
I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas or suggestions on stripping the colour from an image in Photoshop. I know some wiseacre is going to point out Greyscale, but I mean, completely stripped, no grey, just black outlines on white background.
I have an old coloured pencil piece I might want to submit, but since it's from my pre-PS days, I wanted to touch it up.
Any help, tutorials, admonitions at my own ignorance, etc., would be greatly appreciated.
When I do stuff like this, I usually go into Hue/Saturation and up at the top where you can select specific colors to manipulate, select every one of them individually and turn the saturation to -100 (lowest) and the brightness to 100 (or full). If little bits still remain, try taking it into Brightness/Contrast and toying with that.
11-19-2006, 09:42 AM
Jack up the contrast if needed then use the magic wand and touch the black outline with it. Then copy and paste it onto a white background. If you hold the shift button down you can move the wand around and click on just the black parts of the picture to do an all at once copy and paste. You can also try using "curves" and turn up the various colors so they get pretty solid and use the magic wand to delete the colors
11-19-2006, 10:28 AM
The suggestions so far are all good. You will find that you are gonna need to do a little of everything to clean up your image. I have a couple of things to add to the mix.
Auto Levels: A quick color and value correction that works great sometimes.
Levels: a bit more control than Brightness and Contrast.
Color Range Selection: This allows you to select and effect a very controled range of color.
Stamp filter: Quickly strips your line work of color, but be careful you lose a lot of detail.
Edit>Fade: If a filter or effect proves too dramatic you can always fade the results down to a nice compromise towards the original.
11-19-2006, 11:32 AM
Here's a very good tutorial on one of the techniques I hope to employ in the near future. It's designed to turn photos into line art but I'm thinking it should work just as well for stripping out color from your own pics. Check it out at photo to line art tutorial (http://www.melissaclifton.com/tutorial-photolineart.html)
Shade the Mystic
11-19-2006, 05:07 PM
Thanks for all the help, everyone. Now the pic looks MUCH better.
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