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Let's take the image "Furs319.tif" from our collection and open it in Photoshop (or the paint program of your choice). First, we convert the bitmap image to grayscale, and then to RGB.

You'll immediately find that the image expands to over 60 megs in size, so you'll want to reduce the resolution to 300 ppi for example, which will give you a much more manageable file size.

After that, it's simply a matter of selecting areas with the magic wand tool in combination with the lasso tool and pasting these selections onto new layers. Then you can simply adjust the Hue/Saturation levels on each layer in order to create colors that you find pleasing.

A baby could do it!

One of the great advantages to a collection such as Retro Ad Art is the fact that it is all black & white. That leaves the door wide open for you, the designer, to interprete these images any way you like.



Using graduated tones...

Using the image "Ridin274.tif" from our collection, we can follow the same procedure as in the previous example, but this time we'll use graduated tones instead of flat color to colorize the image.


Once we've applied the selections to separate layers, we can then proceed to fill each selection with graduated tones instead of solid color. The effect can be quite striking.

Keep in mind, that once you've applied your graduated tones, it's always easy to modify them by simply adjusting the Hue/Saturation levels, just as you did when using flat colors.


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