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Classic Colorizing - Corel Paint Shop Pro Tutorial

Vikki Olds


(click on the image to see a slightly larger view)

1 The first thing you need is either a drawing or a grey scale scan of the image you want to colorize.  I do public domain things and this was in a book I have so I chose to use it.  This was a print in a very old book copyrighted in the late 1800's.  The original image was black and white on an old kind of yellowed paper you'd associate with a very old book. I scanned it in grey scale and you can see that scan below.

2 The second step is to increase the color depth to 16 million colors.

3 Grey is a very cold color and although you could start your work from here, I decided I would like a warmer color to start with so I chose to start with a sepia tone.  I did not use the Sepia tool in Paint Shop Pro as it didn't give me a warm enough effect so I started with the colorize menu for the whole image.

4 Below you will see the settings I used on the color dialog for my base color.

5 Now that we have a warm color it appears a little too bright for me for the tone and setting of the image so I will use the built in Brightness/Contrast function in Paint Shop Pro to correct that.

6 Below you will see the settings I used to darken my image just a bit with the Brightness/Contrast function.

7 Now here is where the fun begins. The preparation of the image is complete. From here on out we'll be adding color to separate sections of the image working toward our goal of the final image as it appears at the top of this tutorial.

We'll start by getting familiar with a couple of tools we'll be using to complete this image. The first one below is the lasso tool and you'll find it on your tool palette.

8 We need to set up the tool to work the way we want. See the screenshot below to duplicate the settings I have. Smart Edge is the key here in the Selection Type and be sure also that Feather is set to 0 and that Antialias is checked.

9 The lasso tool is very easy to use and accomplishes our task quickly.  To use the tool visually select the start point for your selection. I chose the top of the drapes and simply clicked once there. Then I moved around the perimeter of the drapes following the edges and clicking in many places as I worked around to keep my selection on the outside edges of the drapes. When I got all the way around I double clicked to create the full selection as shown below.

10 We'll now go back to the colorize dialog and add some color to our selection. The color settings I used are shown below. I did this for all the drapes in the image consecutively because your settings will stay in the colorize dialog until you change them. In this way you can get exactly the same color without having to set the color every time.

11 I did the same thing with the skin.

12 And you'll follow the same steps for the rest of the image. Using the lasso tool and the colorize dialog you will colorize the whole image to your satisfaction.

13 Sometimes the lasso tool will either add a little or go too far inside the lines. Paint Shop Pro has just the tool to fix that. It's called the clone brush.

To use the clone brush you must first select it in the tool palette. You'll recognize it from the screenshot below.

To use it, simply place the cursor over the color you want to clone, preferably something very close to where you are correcting, right click, and instead of dragging the brush just click with you left mouse button to create a "dabbing" effect so you don't smudge the image. You may have to set the brush size larger or smaller depending on the area you are correcting. You can do that from the tool options palette. A screenshot of what the clone brush looks like on the tool palette is below.

14 By using the clone brush tool you can clean up any little inconsistencies in your colorizing process. I like to clean up as I go because then I don't forget where my problem areas are.

Above you see the partially completed image and below you will see the completed image plus an image that was completed and a special effect was applied afterwards. You can click on either of the images below to see a slightly larger representation open in another window.

Below is the final image with a custom user defined effect applied. I'll cover user defined filters in another tutorial. The instructions for creating the effect below is in the tutorial manual that can be accessed from the Help menu in Paint Shop Pro 7.

Colorizing is one of my favorites past-times in Paint Shop Pro. You can start with a fairly blah image and end up with something classic without a lot of tedious boring work.


Copyright 2002, Vikki Olds, All Rights Reserved

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