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Here's a tutorial from Photoshop Daily that shows you how to create retro photo effects using colour adjustments in Photoshop.

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Another nice set of free Photoshop brushes from Bittbox: The source for these was a microscopic piece of pollen. Up close the strands looked like barbed wire. After photographic it, I brought the images into Illustrator and Live Traced each one, so the edges are very defined. Each brush is 2500×1800, hope you enjoy.

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Today we are going to do some photo manipulation with Photoshop. In the tutorial below, we are going to guide you through patching up spots in an old black & white photo and then colorizing it.

color old photo preview How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

First we&#

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8217;ll run you through on removing white patches from photo and then we’ll proceed to coloring it. The steps are pretty standard. Load up your Photoshop, and off we go.

To follow through the entire tutorial, we suggest you download and use the following image.

Inital image How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 1

We’ll start by removing the white patches on the image. Choose Clone Stamp Tool and by pressing Alt key pick the plain and appropriate surface near all white patches and apply it on white patch. Continue this process until all patches get removed.

After removing all patches your poor image will look clean as shown in image:

1 Clean image no white patch How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 2

Next, we’ll proceed with coloring the image. It would be bad idea to colorize the image as a whole; we’ll do them one by one, an object at a time.

First, we’ll select the hat by making the use of Magnetic Lasso Tool – like this:

2 Selection of Hat How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 3

To colorize it, we will use the Hue and Saturation (HSL) option. There are many ways to colorize an object, but HSL is perhaps one of the easiest and most flexible.

Proceeding to colorizing the hat, add these values to the (HSL) 360, 35, – 26 appropriately. (While using HSL, on that window, do not forget to turn on Colorize option.)

Applying HSL to hat How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 4

After applying color, the hat may look a little plain. Let’s add some Noise to it. Select Filters -> Noise -> Add Noise and give amount "5" to it.

Check Monochromatic option to get a smoother noise effect. See the next image for its differences.

Applying Noise How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

3 Hat color How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 5

Next, the coat. The process is same – only different HSL values, which are respectively: 42, 10, – 63.

To make the overall look of coat more natural, instead of using Noise tool, we take advantage of Grain Texture option. You can find it under Filter -> Filter Gallery -> in Texture tab -> Grain.

Select the following options – Intensity: "10", Contrast: "50" and Grain Type: "Soft".

4 Coat Grain Texture How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

And then you will see the output:

5 Coat color and Texture How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 6

Moving forward – the shoes. To give shoes a shiny effect, we are going to use Image menu -> Adjustments -> Variations. Select "Midtones" and click Ok.

6 Boots Variations How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Try some combination of CMYK colors until you get a boot of this color:

7 Boots Color How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 7

Next up, the door. First, let’s color the door borders.

8 Indoor borders of the door How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Select one side border of door by using Rectangle Marquee Tool. Add 15, 45, -53 values in HSL tool. Then select Filter -> Filter Gallery -> in Texture tab -> select Grain option and keep Intensity: "12", Contrast: "50" select Grain type: "Enlarged".

Follow the same procedure to all the borders of the door.

9 Coloring Indoor borders of the door How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 8

Next, we proceed to coloring rectangles between the doors with the following HSL values: 55, 20, -26 and in Texture Grain, keep intensity: "12", contrast: "50" and Grain type: "Enlarged".

10 Coloring rectangles of the door How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 9

We’ll wrap up coloring the door by adding colors to the borders, HSL values of : 25, 7, -69. Then under Texture Grain keep Intensity: "12", Contrast: "50", and let’s add extra noise by selecting Grain type: "Regular".

11 Coloring Outside borders of door How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 10

After the door, we proceed coloring the soil. To color the soil, select that portion by using Magic Wand Tool and then keep HSL values: 20, 24, -56.

12 Coloring the soil How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Step 11

Last but not least, we will color the wooden background of the image. To give it a it a wood look and feel, we give it a HSL value of: 31, 53, -45, and then add Noise "5" by checking the Monochromatic option.

After all this procedures finally you will see the output like this:

13 Wooden background How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Color Correction

We are done coloring the image. Now, we proceed to the final and most important part – color correction. Color correction when done right, will give image its correct mood and make it more realistic.

To increase the brightness of the image, we go to the following option: Image menu -> Adjustments -> Curves, and add "186" for Output and "164" for Input.

Use of Curves Tool How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Let’s brighten up the following section of the image (where arrow in pointed to). First we select the portion with Rectangle Marquee tool. Then go to Filter -> Filter Gallery -> Distort tab and select Diffuse Glow with the following values: Graininess: "0", Glow Amount: "11", Clear Amount: "15". And finally, proceed to Image menu -> Adjustments -> Curves and add "200" for Ouptut and "188" for Input.

14 Selection of image How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

Follow the above process for the remaining parts of image but with different values in Diffuse Glow: Graininess: "2", Glow Amount: "5", Clear Amount: "15". Curves’ not required.

To darken the shadows of the hat and the coat, let’s use the Burn Tool and by selecting Range: Midtones and decreasing the Exposure value to "20%" apply it on shadows part appropriately.

We’ll use the Dodge Tool to brighten up the coat and hat so it looks as though the lights are coming in from the right side, and to give a sense of thickness for the door borders, we use the Burn Tool.

And here’s how your final output will look like (or similar) after some color corrections.

15 Final Ouput How to Colorize Old (Black & White) Photo [Photoshop tutorial]

From Bittbox: Today I’m sharing these highly useful vintage paper Photoshop patterns. These would work great for creating a lightweight and seamless web background, or a fast way to add some texture in your Photoshop project. In the download file I’ve included the core 200px jpeg files as well as the .PAT file. Enjoy!

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From Bittbox: I recently moved into a new space with a business partner and we just finished polishing our floors. These textures are from that floor. Believe it or not, the images for the textures might look rough, but they are very highly polished (1500 grit).

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This week, Deke takes a break from his sometimes out-there effects and gives you designer types a quick, practical tip on how to move, transform, and recolor items effectively—even if all you have to work with is a flat image.

Imagine that you were presented with the graphic below, completely flattened, and thus any impulse you had to rearrange or change the colors of the elements inside the image was thouroughly thwarted. Well, some simple tricks from Deke show you how to use a combination of the standard Marquee tool and (believe it or not) the much maligned Magic Wand to regain
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your designer’s power.

First off, Deke will show you how to simply move the words ‘for Design’ to a more interesting location, without threatening the descenders in the word ‘Photoshop.’ Next, he’ll demonstrate a similar technique with the addition of the New > Layer via Cut command, the Transform command, and the Eyedropper tool, in order to not only move, but also resize and change the color of the brushstroke flourish at the bottom. The result is this simple but effective transformation:

Yes, sometimes Deke tries to encourage your wilder notions and sometimes he just knows you have to get everyday important work done. Either way, there’s a technique that’s free to all every week. And for members this week, an exlcusive members-only video in the Online Training Library will give you a little creative bump by showing you how to add a magnifying glass that actually magnifies. Here’s a preview:

You can get a free 7-day trial to the Online Training Library. The trial membership entitles you to 7 days of access to all 986 courses in the Online Training Library for free. Click sign up on the subscription plan of your choice to get started.

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onOne has launched a summer sale that has reduced the prices of every one of their plugins. Visit onOne for full product descriptions. And if you decide to purchase one of their plugins, use our exclusive discount code - PSSPPT06 - for an additional 10% discount. Here's a list of the summer sale prices (before our 10% discount is applied):

Perfect Photo Suite $299.95 / $149.95 (upgrade)
Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 includes all of the onOne Software products and works with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture. Five of the products in the Suite even work as stand-alone application
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The next generation of Genuine Fractals is still the industry standard for image enlargement. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.

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Add the perfect finishing touch to your photos or create an album layout design. Works with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom, and Aperture or as a stand-alone application.

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In this week’s free Deke’s Technique, you’ll see how to create a classic anaglyphic stereoscopic 3D image in Photoshop. Anaglyph images are created by superimposing two slightly different perspectives of the same scene, with each version seen by only one eye or the other, resulting in a sense of depth when your brain fuses the two images into one. In this case, Deke shows you how to create an image intended to be viewed through the old-school red (left) and cyan (right) glasses.

In order to achieve this classic effect, you have to first correctly shoot a pair of images with a slight
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ly shifted perspective, like the ones shown below shot by’s own Jacob Cunningham. You can see in the top two images (each with a simulated filter applied), slightly means slightly—as in the distance between your two eyes. Then the two images are placed on separate layers in the same file, and the color channels are turned off so that each of your eyes (with the requisite glasses on) sees a slightly different image. Then, your brain does the rest.

If that’s not enough depth for you, members can see an exclusive video in the Online Training Library, in which Deke (again with the help of Jacob) demonstrates how to create a stereoscopic image with an object projecting out beyond the screen plane. Deke's Techniques is taught by computer graphics guru Deke McClelland, and presented in his signature step-by-step style. The intent is to reveal how various Photoshop and Illustrator features can be combined and leveraged in real-world examples so that they can be applied to creative projects right away. Click here to see all the free clips from this series at

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BittBox is featuring a tutorial on how to create stunning bokeh effects, Guide to Creating Bokeh Textures: Bokeh textures are some of the most beautiful and rare resources out there. In this tutorial I’ll go over creating bokeh using both a digital camera or Photoshop.

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Here is today's free set of Photoshop brushes from Janita -- Ornament Brushes -- Set name: Himitsu (brushes in set: 24)
All images in these are handmade and scanned off some things I can´t remember but I am sure it's still somewhere inside my closet
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