White Crow in Photoshop

Changing the color of an object from one color to another color is very easy to do in Photoshop, but changing the color of something from black to white is a little more difficult.

In this tutorial, I will show you in detail how to take something completely black and turn it white while maintaining a natural and realistic look.

So let’s get started.

Final result

Starting materials

Step 1

First, open the ‘Crow’ image in Photoshop.

Step 2

Duplicate the layer with the original raven image. Go to duplicate layer. Next, with the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection tool), select the raven image, and then use the tool Refine edge (Refine Edge), improve the selection border around the raven image. To the layer with the selected image of the crow, add a layer mask. Duplicate the layer with the selected image of the crow, so you will have two layers with the selected image of the crow. Turn off the visibility of the two lower layers (we use them later), and then discolor the top layer.

Step 3

Being on the topmost layer, we go Image – Correction – Light / Shadows (Image> Adjustments> Shadows / Highlights).

Set the quantity value for the parameter Shadows (Shadows) at 50%, and the effect value for the parameter Sveta (Highlights) Leave at 0%.

Step 4

Next, go Image – Correction – Brightness / Contrast (Image> Adjustments> Brightness / Contrast).

Set the value Brightness (Brightness) 80, and also reduce the value The contrast (Contrast) to -20.

Step 5

We have already significantly lightened the crow – but as a result, the crow began to look flat, except for this, additional contrast is required in certain places.

Step 6

Choose a tool Clarifier (Dodge tool). Install Range (Range) to mode Sveta (Highlights) as well as set the value Exposure (Exposure) 5%.

Step 7

Using a soft brush of relatively large size, paint over the light areas of the bird, for example, over the wings, as well as on the upper part of the head.

Step 8

Next, select the tool Dimmer (Burn tool). Install Range (Range) to mode Shadows (Shadows), and also set the value Exposure (Exposure) 5%.

Step 9

Using a large soft brush, paint over the dark areas in the area of ​​the belly and breast of the crow.

Step 10

Reduce the size of the brush, further, paint over the areas around the beak and under the feathers.


Step 11

Next, we add a color cast to the feathers.

Add adjustment layer Colour (Solid Color) as a clipping mask to a layer with a raven. Fill color # ffcc00. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the layer opacity to 25%.

Step 12

For the beak and for the crow’s feet, add another adjustment layer. Colour (Solid Color) as a clipping mask. Fill color pink. Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Lightening (Screen), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 45%.

The image of the crow became completely pink.

Step 13

Switch to the pink mask fill layer mask using the tool Fill (paint bucket tool), fill the layer mask with black to hide the fill effect with a pink tint.

Next, using a soft white brush with an opacity of 50%, paint over the beak, returning a pink tint.

In the same way, paint over the legs.

Step 14

Next, we will hide the yellow tint in some areas of the image of the crow

Choose a soft black brush. In the settings, set the mode Replacing dark (Darken), Opacity (opacity) 35%.

Next, go to the layer mask correction layer with a yellow fill and using a soft black brush, paint the dark areas of the abdomen, as well as under the wings.

Step 15

The created shadows are still not dark enough, therefore, further, we use the original image to return the black shades to the shaded areas.

Turn on visibility of the bottom layer.

Next, go to the layer layer mask with the bleached image.

Choose a black brush. In the settings, set the mode Replacing dark (Darken), Opacity (opacity) 10%.

Concentrate on adding black shades where the shadows are the darkest. Use a large brush in the poultry’s chest and abdomen, and apply a smaller brush in small areas under the feathers.

While still on the layer mask, increase the opacity of the brush to 100%, and carefully paint over the bird’s eyes to completely restore the original color.

Step 16

Next, we use the first duplicate raven layer, which we created earlier, to slightly restore the color.

Turn on the visibility of the first duplicate of the layer with the raven image highlighted. Move this layer to the top, placing it on top of a layer with a pink fill.

Step 17

Next, activate the correction Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Let’s go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Saturation). Increase the value Saturation (Saturation) to 60.

Next, change the blending mode for this layer to Chromaticity (Color) reduce opacity (opacity) layer up to 35%, and also convert this layer to clipping. mask

Thus, we slightly restored the blue and orange shades from the original image of the black crow.

Step 18

Go to the original raven layer. Next, create an active selection around the crow’s eye. First, by correction Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), brighten the eye, and then using correction Color Balance (Color Balance), add blue shades to the eye.

Step 19

In conclusion, we will add a reflection of green shades from the background to the feathers of the crow.

Create a new layer on top of all other layers in the layers palette. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), and also reduce the opacity of the layer to 35%.

Using tool Pipette (color picker), take a color tone sample from the background texture. And then, using a large soft brush, add a green tint to the bottom of the bird, as well as to the neck.

Step 20

Your layers in the layers palette should look like the screenshot below.

You can see the final result in the screenshot below.

You can apply this same technique to other objects.

For something simple, for example, for a given apple, you do not need to go beyond the first few steps of this lesson.

For something more complicated, for example, for a tarantula spider, you will need to spend more time to combine the white color with the original color shades that should be preserved as they are, for example, the mouth of the spider, as well as the joints and legs.

That’s all! Thank you for being with me. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

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