Adding Colour To Images

Removing creases

boy_origionalboy_01First, I used the Spot-Healing tool to get rid of the creases where there wasn’t much detail, then I used the Clone-stamp tool to get rid of the creases where there was detail, using the colour from nearby.

Adding Colour

layersThis was much the same process as with the car. First, I created a new layer. I then set the blending mode to Soft-Light and the transparency to 90%. Then, I coloured the boy and surrounding room in, trying to match the colours that might have been in real life. Lastly, I changed the transparency back to 100%.



Getting Rid Of Blemishes


for this task, we were given a picture of Morgan freeman  and had to get rid of any blemishes / wrinkles to make his face look younger. We did this by using the spot-healing tool and adding a gaussian blur over certain areas of his face to create the effect of smoother skin.



First, we created a new layer so that we wouldn’t be affecting any of the original pixels. blemish-removal-toolNext, we used the Spot-Heal tool to get rid of the most noticeable blemishes. We then used a gaussian layer blur with a mask to smooth out the parts of his face that had rough skin.


In this task, we were asked to turn the silver Mini into a Mini of another colour. Like the Cityscape, we did this task twice. Once destructively and once non-destructively.

Original Image


Destructive Blending

blending-modeFirstly, we selected all the parts of the car that we wanted to fill with the selection tool. Then we used the brush tool and our chosen colour to paint the selected area, changing the blending mode to colour rather than normal.



Destructive Mini

Non-Destructive Blending

layersFirstly, we created a new layer and changed the blending mode on that to colour. Then, we filled in all the areas that we wanted to change with the brush tool on this new layer. Next, we used the eraser tool to clean up all the edges and make sure that there was no colour bleeding.

Non-Destructive Mini

Adjustment Layers

In Photoshop, there are different types of layers. The basic example is an image but another is an adjustment layer. This works much like a normal layer except that it applies an effect to all the layers below such as Levels and Hue/Saturation. Masks can then be used with these layers to highlight certain areas to apply the effect.

Original Image

Firstly, we created a new adjustment layer for the layerslevels of the image so that the text on the bottle was easier to read. Then we used a layer mask so that only the wine bottle was affected. Next, we created a Hue/Saturation layer to over-saturate the image. Finally, we created another Hue/Saturation layer with a mask so that everything but the bottle was almost completely desaturated.




Enhanced Wine Bottle

Destructive and Non-Destructive Editing

Original Image

To help us understand the difference between destructive and non-destructive editing, we did the task twice, once destructively and once non-destructively.

Destructive editing

layersFirst of all, we used the magic wand selection tool to select the sky area and then erased it by pressing Ctrl + Backspace. Then we created a new layer and added a gradient to it.

Example of bad selection




Destructive editing is bad because you are erasing the pixels and once they are gone they cannot be restored. Also, with the skyline, once you have destroyed the sky it is difficult to refine it if there is an area where the selection is wrong.

Destructive Cityscape

Non-Destructive Editing

layersFirst of all, we applied a mask to our original image.
A mask is black and white information which tells photoshop what parts to hide in a layer – keeping the pixel information rather than deleting it as with Destructive editing. We then used the Refine Edge tool to perfect the edges of the mask to make sure there was no colour bleeding from the sky. Finally, we added the gradient to a lower layer.

Non-Destructive Cityscape