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Color problem

Color problem

Color problem

(OP)
I have an full color image, that I have 'cut out' of another image, and saved as a gif. I want to use it as a background, and convert the image to blue scale (like grey scale but using blue). I tried shifting colors by mixing the image (reducing red, yellows, ect), changing contrast, but can never get the kind of depth in the various shades of blue to make it work. It is too high in contrast, or I lose a lot of the details that would make it work.

any suggestions?

RE: Color problem

If you don't get the type of depth you want using the color adjust options, you might try turning the image into a grey scale, add a new raster layer and paint in a blue color. Then reduce the opacity of the blue layer unitl you get the effect you want.

You might also try the Colorize option, Colors > Colorize. Set the Saturation high (250) and then move the Hue slider to the right (around 133) to get a blue hue.

There really are a lot of ways to go about doing what you want, but getting the "depth" of color you want might be more difficult.

hth...mike

RE: Color problem

Just another thought on getting some real color depth when turning your image into a "blue scale".

1. Open your image and convert it to a greyscale.

2. Open a new image, with a blue background and the same size as your greyscale.

3. Copy the greyscale image and paste it, as a new layer, into the new image with the blue background.

4. With the new image still active, use the eraser with a fairly (depending on the size of your image) large tip to reduce the opacity of the greyscale layer in certain areas. Set the eraser's opacity to around 20% or less. Just click in areas where you want more blue.

You could also just reduce the opacity of the entire greyscale layer.

5. Add a new raster layer and make sure it is the top layer.

6. Paint into the new raster layer a light blue and reduce the opacity of the light blue layer to a point where you think it starts to add some nice highlights.

7. Use the eraser to remove areas of the light blue where you want a deeper or more intense blue area. If you really want to bring out the blue, then erase in the same area in the greyscale layer.

By playing with the color and opacity of the three layers, you can use the eraser to control the blend. You probably can get any degree of intensity you want.

mike

RE: Color problem

This is an old posting, but hey someone may still be interested... Here's an easy way....

1. Convert your pic to gray scale

2. use 'colors > colorize' to get the hue you want.

3. use 'colors > adjust > gamma-correction' to get the density you want.

Play around with gamma and colorize and you'll get the effect you want quickly and easily.

Best of luck,
Graham

RE: Color problem

(OP)
Thanks for the help. I don't quite have it as I envisioned it but is up on the website at www.spirit-sisters.net (Because I am using CSS, the image does not show up in NS 4.7 or less). I am still trying to tweak the image so that there isn't so much contrast, that it is a little more blended in the background.

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