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Adjusting
Created by: Zonia

 

In this lesson we will explore some of the items on the Adjust menu. We will also see how the Greyscale tool works and how to colorize using the Flood Fill tool.

The Adjust menu contains some really great tools that can be used to enhance photos and other images. In this lesson we are going to create some pattern fills using several of the most used tools on the Adjust menu. That way you will be able to see what they do and learn how to use the tools. Let's get started.

 

New Image
Create a new image: Go to File || New (Ctrl+N):
– Width = 200 pixels
– Height = 200 pixels
– Resolution = 72.00 pixels
– Background = Raster
– Color Depth = 16 Million Colors (24 Bit)
– Color = Transparent checked
 
Flood Fill ToolPreset: Reset to Default Option   Materials Palette - Materials BoxMaterials Solid Color Option Click on your Flood Fill tool and reset to default. In the Tool Options palette, set the Match Mode = None. Set your Foreground Material to any color you want. I set mine to #0000FF. Click into your canvas to flood-fill it with your chosen color.
 
Let's add some texture: Go to Adjust || Add/Remove Noise || Add Noise. Set the Noise = 100%. Click on the little circle in front of Random to choose it and look at the result in the preview area. Now choose Uniform and look at the preview. Now choose Gaussian and look at the preview. Now that you have an idea of what Random, Uniform, and Gaussian do choose the one you like best and click on OK. I chose Random.
 
Show/Hide Preview

Special Tip

Note: If you don't see the preview in the Add Noise dialog click on the Show/Hide Preview button.

Tip: Adding/Removing noise from photos helps clean up the photo by removing small scratches etc.

 
Now let's make all the little specks blend in better: Go to Adjust || Blur || Blur. You could also have chosen either Average or Gaussian Blur to have more control over the amount of blur.
 

Let's bring out our texture a bit more: Go to Adjust || Sharpness || Sharpen. There you go, you created a new pattern!

Go to Windows || Duplicate (Shift+D) twice to make two copies of your image. Save the original as either a .pspimage or .bmp file (Windows or OS/2 Bitmap). Save it to the Patterns folder inside the My PSP8 Files (unless you changed the default) folder. Now you can use it as a fill (pattern). Close the original.

 
  I am going to show you two different ways to change the color of your image and explore a few more effects while we are at it.
 

Click on one of the copies to make it active. Go to Adjust || Hue and Saturation || Colorize (Shift+L). Enter different numbers for Hue and Saturation until you get something you like. You can also click the Randomize button until you see something you want. I set mine to:
– Hue = 219
– Saturation = 33

Save this image with a different name to the same place you saved the original and close it. You have created two patterns now.

 
Click on your last copy to make it active. Go to Image || Greyscale. Changing to greyscale decreased the number of colors so we need to increase them again so our effects will work. Go to Image || Increase Color Depth || 16 Million Colors (24-bit).
 
Materials Palette - Materials Box

Make two copies of your greyscale image (go to Windows || Duplicate or press Shift+D twice). Change your Foreground Color to another color you like. I chose #00FF00.

 
Flood Fill Tool     

Click on your Flood Fill tool and reset to default. In the Tool Options palette, set:
– Match Mode = None
– Blend Mode =Color (Legacy)

Click to fill the original greyscale image.

 

Click on the Title bar of one of the remaining greyscale images to make it active. Go to Adjust || Brightness and Contrast || Brightness/Contrast. Change
– Brightness = 20
– Contrast = 0

Click on OK. Flood-fill with the same color you used before. The image should be lighter than the first one even though you used the same color to fill with.

 

Click on the Title bar of the last greyscale image. Go to Adjust || Brightness and Contrast || Brightness/Contrast. Change
– Brightness = 0
– Contrast = 20

Click on OK. Flood-fill with the same color you used before. The image should be darker than the first one even though you used the same color to fill with. If you want save the three new patterns you made.

 

We have created five patterns using some of the most popular items on the Adjust menu. You should now have a pretty good idea of what they do and how to use them.

I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Don't forget to take some time to explore the other items on the Adjust menu. You may also want to open a photo (don't forget to duplicate it and close the original) and see what the Adjust items do when you use them on a photo.