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Colouring/re-colouring and blending

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Hi folks! This is my first post, so please forgive me if I've posted in the wrong place, asked a previously-asked question or broken any forum rules. I couldn't find what I was looking for after searching.


Anyways, I'd really love to know if this colouring effect is possible, and how they've blended it all? I don't have the original image unfortunately.


Thanks in advance!


p.s. Great site! I've gained huge insights just visiting over the last few months, so thanks!


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Yes its possible. I'd imagine black and white image of a face then create an empty layer on top of it. On this empty layer, manually paint the areas of the face with different colors, using a really soft brush. Apply a Gaussian blur to improve the color blending then change the blending mode of that layer. Something like Multiply or maybe Color Dodge will do. I guess you'll have to see it for yourself.



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Mini tuto: I started with the idea of @Ishi

With more time and work the result could be better.

It's also important how the face takes the light on the original picture.

Originale picture





Gradient layer





Smoke layer (secondary color : transparent)





Final image




You could add some dark areas in the gradient layer to make some parts darker.


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