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I can't seem to any colors but grayscale? TOPIC:. Brandon from Canada, Ontario, using Photoshop 8. 0, writes in with:
[Quote:] When I go to pick my colour, it will only be Black-white (including grays) How can I fix this? My only colours are grays, blacks, and whites, even when I select any other colour, red, blue, etc. It sounds like Photoshop is in grayscale mode. Check your Colour preferences (Edit > Color Settings) and make sure all the Color Management Policies are "off". Open a new file (File > New), and set the mode to RGB or CMYK Color. Click on OK. You can either use this file or close the window if you want - it doesn't matter. The next time you create a file in Photoshop it should default to the last setting used. from In this series, Helen Bradley discusses some handy Photoshop tools that are often overlooked or misunderstood, either because they re hidden away or because their use isn t immediately apparent.

Yet these tools provide smart and useful ways to perform various tasks in Photoshop, so they re worthy of adding to your Photoshop skill list. In this sixth part of the series, we consider the Gradient Map tool, which is useful for converting color images to black-and-white and for colorizing grayscale or color images. It s a handy and fun creative tool for photo editing. Photoshop offers many ways to convert an image from color to black-and-white. Unlike the other tools, however, the Gradient Map gives you a lot of control over how your image is converted.

You also can use the Gradient Map to colorize a black-and-white image or to change the colors in a color image. This all-around tool s interesting features can take you to new heights in your photo editing. Gradient mapping in Photoshop is applied using an adjustment layer. The Gradient Map adjustment layer alters the image by applying a gradient map to the image. Unlike a gradient fill, which fills an area by using a linear or radiant blend of colors, the gradient map applies the gradient by using the lightness and darkness values in the image as a map for how the gradient colors are applied. The best way to see how the Gradient Map tool works is to try it out. Here s how to use it to turn a color image into a black-and-white image: Open a color image in Photoshop.

Display the Layers palette if it isn t already visible (Window Layers). Set the foreground color to black and the background color to white. Choose Layer New Adjustment Layer Gradient Map to add a new Gradient Map adjustment layer. Click OK to select the current settings as those for the layer. When the Gradient Map dialog appears, notice that the gradient ranges from the foreground color to the background color by default, it uses the current foreground and background colors. Notice too that the color photograph is now converted to black-and-white ( ). To change the gradient effect, click the gradient in the dialog to open the Gradient Editor.

On the left side of the gradient is the current foreground color; the color is mapped to the darker areas of the image. On the right is the background color, which is mapped to the lighter areas of the image. The middle color in the gradient is mapped to the image midtones. To change how the colors are mapped, drag one of the indicators (called a color stop ) under the gradient to change the gradient. The small diamond between two color pointers is the color midpoint ; it can be dragged to the left or right to alter the midpoint between the colors in the adjacent color stops ( ). When you achieve a result that looks interesting, click OK and OK again to apply the newly edited gradient map to the image.

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