Using Retouch Tool to Recolor -
This is an intermediate level tutorial. It assumes you have a basic knowledge of
whichever version of PSP you are using.
In this tutorial you will use features native to PSP6 and/or PSP7. They include layers,
the lasso tool, the retouch tool, the paint brush, the eraser tool, Red-eye Removal, and
We're going to recolor specific portions of pictures. There are other ways to recolor,
but this is one that I really like... :)
Here is a zip file containing the images I used if you'd like to
follow along exactly with the tutorial before breaking out on your own. :)
- Open flowers1.psp or another image of your choice. (If you downloaded the zip file, we'll
use the cat picture in part 2 of this tutorial.)
Press and hold the Shift key while you press the D key. This creates a copy of the image
so that we're not working on the original. You can close the original now.
- Activate the zoom tool
and click on one of the flowers once or twice to get nice and close.
Activate the lasso tool
Open the Tool Options Palette (Ctrl + T if it's not already on the desk top) and be sure it's set to
Antialias and Feather="0". I like the "Freehand" option when I
make selections, but if "Point to Point" or "Smart Edge" works
better for you, feel free to use one of those.
- Select your flower. Zoom in really close if you need to. You want to try and get all of the flower
edges without going over into the background.
If you need to subtract some of the selection, hold
down your Ctrl key while drawing over that section. When you release the Ctrl key and let up on the
mouse, the part of the selection that you didn't want will be subtracted. You don't have to be
picky about where you're drawing when you're not actually inside the selected area.
If you need to add to the selection, hold down your Shift key while drawing over that section.
When you release the Shift key and let up on the mouse, the part of the selection that you
want added will be now be part of your selection. You don't have to be
picky about where you're drawing when you're actually inside the selected area.
Remember that you can always use the Undo button if you mess up. :)
- Ok, got your selection all set? This is a good time to save our selection to an alpha channel
and to save the image itself. Go Selections > Save to Alpha Channel. When the "Save to
Alpha" screen pops up click OK, then OK again. You can give your selection a name in that
second screen if you like, but it's not absolutely necessary. :)
Once you've saved your selection,
go ahead and save your image. Be sure to save it in psp format...
We may or may not use the selection that we just saved to the alpha channel, but if something
happens to make PSP crash while you're working, you won't have to redo the selection. It will
be there for you when you open the image up again. Just go Selections > Load from Alpha
Channel. It's a really good idea to get in the habit of saving complex selections like this. It
can save you a lot of work. :)
- Activate the Retouch tool
and pick a foreground color. I used #C0FFFF.
This is the color you want to use for the flower. It doesn't matter
what the background color is set at for this step. If you have PSP7, you can set it to
Open the Tool Options palette and set your brush size to about 60 (or any size that is
quite large - this just saves you time because you can paint the new color in with less strokes)
Set the Retouch mode to "Color to Target"
If you're using a pressure sensitive tablet, be sure that "Vary color" is UNchecked.
- All Righty Then! Let's paint our flower. Run your cursor over the selected area. Kewl eh? :)
- Now go Selections > Select None...
Look at the edges of your flower to see if there are any spots that you missed.
If you need to fix up a few spots continue on here with me. If your selection was perfect the
first time, you can move on to step 14.
- I have a few spots here to fix up so will need to go get my selection from the alpha channel.
Go Selections > Load from Alpha Channel and get your selection back.
Note: You could also just use the undo button, but since we have the
selection saved, let's get it from there. :)
- Zoom in really, really, really close. Activate the lasso tool again and hold down the Shift key
while drawing to select those stray pixels.
- Activate the retouch tool
and paint these newly selected pixels using the same settings we
used before. When you're finished go View > Normal Viewing (1:1) and check it out
again. Much better!
Repeat steps 9 through 12 as needed.
If you have a few pixels that just don't want to work right,
zoom in extremely close and use the eye dropper to select a color from the section of the flower
that you've already painted , then activate the paint brush with a brush size of 1 pixel and
pixel paint those.
Once you're happy with your painted flower, move on to step 13.
- Go back to step 3 and choose another flower to work on. Pick a different color for this
one. Let's make a rainbow plant. LOL
- When you're all finished, resize your image so that it's about
250 pixels wide. Use Sharpen > Unsharp Mask if your image needs a little punch.
Add a border if you like. :) Save in .jpg format.
Here is my finished result...
When you're ready, move on to the Part II
for some more practice in using "Color to Target".