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3 easy ways to give your images a timeless hand-tinted look

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

Long before the invention of color photography, photographers sought to add color to their photos. They did this by coloring or tinting their black-and-white photos with pastels, oil-tints, and gold paints. But even after the development of modern color photography in the mid 1930s, hand-tinted photos have remained a popular way to exhibit photos. By using Photoshop, you can avoid the fuss of actual hand tinting while achieving the same result. We’ll show you three ways to do this, which will enable flexibility and offer you options to achieve different results, as illustrated in Figure A.

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Select a suitable subject

Important to the success of the hand-tined look is applying it to the right subject. Because you apply a tint as generalized color over a black and white or monochromatic background, the content of your photograph should be simple and normal in contrast. People, pets, and landscapes have been the traditional subject matter for hand-tinted photos, and they continue to work well for the technique.

To follow along using our example, download the file hand_tinted.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article and extract the file first_kiss.psd. (Images[…]

 

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