What Colour was Your Great-grandmother's Hair?

Written by Shaun Pearce

I've just made another Photoshop video. This one is about colour tinting (or "colorizing") an old photo. You may not know this, but back inrepparttar 1800's - long before colour photography was invented - people used to hand-tint black and white photographs with coloured inks or water-colour paints, and I wanted to achieve that type of effect. Tinting monochrome prints using Photoshop is considerably less messy!

The photo I decided to use was a recently restored photo of my maternal great-grandmother (my mother's, mother's, mother). It was taken sometime inrepparttar 138805 late 1880's when she probably in her late teens. It's a typical Victorian studio portrait: Great-grandma is wearing her best dress, is standing against a painted background of a garden, and has one hand resting on a rustic looking chair.

The only thing I knew for certain was that Great-grandma had blue eyes, every other colour was a conjecture. Her dress was a dark colour, and after experimenting with a few different colours, I decided that navy blue looked best. I coloured inrepparttar 138806 background light green - although it could have been cyan. The bamboo chair was obviously a bamboo colour. That just leftrepparttar 138807 colour of her hair to try and figure out.

Photoshop Files and Formats

Written by Shaun Pearce

People often ask me: What image file formats will Photoshop open or save in? What arerepparttar advantages/disadvantages?

Photoshop hasrepparttar 138804 capability to open and save many different graphic files. Here are some ofrepparttar 138805 most popular ones.

Note: When you open an image file other than a Photoshop one, that image will default torepparttar 138806 background layer.

.psd, .pdd, .eps Photoshop File. This format preservesrepparttar 138807 information in allrepparttar 138808 layers. If you're going to continue working with a picture, this isrepparttar 138809 best format to use. File size can be quite large, however. Note: It is advisable to save your work inrepparttar 138810 most up to date Photoshop format available. For example: if you have Photoshop CS and are sent a Photoshop 7 file, you should save it as a Photoshop CS file to preserve any elements that may not be supported by Photoshop 7.

.jpg, .jpeg .jpe This format compressesrepparttar 138811 images, so that information (details and colour subtleties) are lost. You can choose how much you want to compressrepparttar 138812 image. Good format for use onrepparttar 138813 web. Small file sizes. Millions of colours.

tif, .tiff Common in use with early scanners. Will produce high quality images, but very large files. Not for use onrepparttar 138814 web.

.gif Pronounced both "Gif" and "Jif", this file is one ofrepparttar 138815 most popular for web graphics as it loads quickly. 8 bit format (256 colours max.). It has possibilities for transparent colour and animation.

.png New format for use onrepparttar 138816 web that is intended to replace both gif and jpeg. Compressed, millions of colours, transparencies. It compress in a different way than jpeg, and has advanced possibilities, such as alpha channel (opaque or partly transparent colours). The only trouble is: Internet Explorer doesn't support these! In 8 bit (256 colours) mode it compresses better than gif.

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