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Adding Colour to black and white landscapes


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My first tutorial :)

We are changing this:

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To this:

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1#

Duplicate Layer

On the top layer make it Sepia

Adjustments > Sepia

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2#

Select the magic wand tool, select the appropriate tolerance and delete the ground on the Sepia layer

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3#

Add a new layer

Set the blend most to overlay

Select the paintbrush and colour in the sky, you don't have to be too careful with this

The colour I used was Hex: #87FDFF

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4#

Add a small Gaussian Blur

Effects > Blurs > Gaussian Blur

I used a blur of 35

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5#

Flatten Layers

Image > Flatten

6#

Duplicate layer

Add a Zoom Blur

Effects > Blurs > Zoom Blur

And set the Zoom Amount to 100

If you want a more realistic effect, put the offset on to the point of the light source (in this case, the sun)

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7#

Set the Blend Mode to Lighten and the Layer opacity to about 153 (experiment)

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8#

Flatten again

Image > Flatten

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I hope this tutorial was helpful.

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@BoltBait's Landscape plugin does quite a nice job for those who want a quick fix.

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