Template Question: Color Clarity Grey Muddying Color in Layer
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:06 PM
I've mostly created pages from scratch, but have a question about using templates. Using PSE 10, I choose a color I like and see it properly displaying in the bottom left corner of the tool bar (sorry, I can't recall the name of that area...the default displays as black & white squares). I choose the layer that I want colored and make sure the selection handles show that I have the right layer in the work area. I then choose
Adjust Hue / Saturation
Check the Colorize Box
A color change does occur, but it's not consistent with the color I've chosen. For example, just now I experimented with an SNU ScrapSimple Collage frame. The color displaying in square below the tool bar is a bright, vivid turquoise for this test, yet the frame turns a rather pale blue. A bright vivid blue displays on the frame as a pale purple. In this case, I rather like the effect, but that's often not the case. Indeed, often the placeholder grey is replaced by an ugly, "muddy" version of the chosen color. I think I'm properly following the steps from the instructions for SS templates, but must be missing a vital step along the way. Ideas???
Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:25 PM
First, when you use the colorize box, it will give you the correct hue, but you'll usually need to adjust the saturation and lightness sliders to get the color to match.
I use color overlays with blending modes a lot when coloring ScrapSimple Items. Look in the 1 Scrap Girls ScrapSimple Instructions Handbook (Free ScrapSimple basics eBook) for more ways to color your ScrapSimple items. There is also a ScrapGirls You Tube Channel with even more tutorials.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:27 PM
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:24 PM
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:32 AM
The clue is in what April said about using the sliders after you've "colorized" your item. I also use PSE, and have found that I have to play with the saturation and the lightness/darkness sliders -- sometimes quite a bit -- until I get the color to match that little square. Your light blue probably needs to be more saturated and more dark before it will look like the vibrant turquoise you want. Hope that helps!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:19 PM
Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:27 PM
Another method, you can select the template layer, and CTRL + CLICK on its thumbnail in the layers palette. That selects that layer, and you get the marching ants around it. Then just click Alt + Delete (in PS, can't remember at the moment for PSE) to color the template DIRECTLY.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:01 PM
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