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Pop Art Photographic Conversion: Colourise
Pop Art Conversion Part Two GIMP (Colourise)
GIMP (GNU) - Intermediate Plus - Weekend MasterClass
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Pop Art Part 1 Preparation Here)
(
Pop Art Part 3 Change Colour)
(
Pop Art Part 4 Quarter Grid Here)

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Pop Art Conversion Part 2: Colourise

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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to colourise the black and white bit map image you prepared in Part One, here. And it is part two of my four-part GIMP Pop Art Photographic Conversion collection. (Part 1 Colourise Here; Part 3 Change Colour Here; Part 4 Quarter Grid Here). 

To work along, you are welcome to download the Prepared Pop Art Image
HereUnzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.

Your prepared image and Layers Palette should resemble the following.

           

Note
Each photograph is unique, and therefore has different needs. With this in mind, when working with your image, it’s important to experiment with the settings outlined in this tutorial.

Notes
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu choose View then select a Zoom Tool
from the subsequent drop-down list.

(Pressing the Shift Key and then simultaneously tapping the + (Plus) Key enlarges - (zooms into), your image. Tapping the - (minus) Key zooms out of an image).

Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

1/
Open your Prepared Pop Art Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.

Note
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).



2/
Now, ensure the Black and White Bit Map Image’s Layer is active.



Then create a New Transparent Layer by clicking the following Create a new layer tab. And from the subsequent New Layer dialogue box, name the Layer something like Background Colour, and then click OK.

           



3/
Then change the New Transparent Layer’s (the Background Colour Layer’s) Mode from Normal to Multiply - as illustrated below.



4/
Now, set the Foreground Colour Swatch to a Solid Colour you would like to paint the Pop Art’s Background with. I am selecting Vivid Red.



5/
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Paintbrush Tool.



And select a Hard Round Brush; and choose a Brush Size that’s suitable for your photograph’s needs. 

                        

Tip
You can quickly alter the Paintbrush’s Size by tapping your Keyboard’s Square Bracket Keys.



Zoom Tip
You will find the next step easier to achieve if you enlarge your image by Zooming into it. (I zoomed in once).



B
ear in mind, when utilising the Zoom Tool, you need to adjust the Paintbrush Tool’s Size according to the amount of Zoom.



Now, (still working on the New Transparent Layer), left-click and then paint over the white background area with the Red Foreground Colour

Blend Mode Note
Because you have changed the New Transparent Layer’s Mode from Normal to Multiply, painting with red will produce the following blend.
 


If you hadn’t changed the Top Layer’s Mode from Normal to Multiply earlier, applying colour would produce the following undesirable effect.



After you have painted over the white background with a colour of your choice, you are ready for the next step.

   

Tip
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

6/
Now, left-click to remove the Middle Layer’s Visibility Eye icon. This temporarily hides the Layer’s content, and provides a clearer view of the model’s mouth.

  

7/
Zoom into the mouth area - Shift and Plus Key. I Zoomed in four times.



And then activate the Paintbrush Tool. And (still working on the Top Layer): with a Small Round Brush - carefully paint the model’s lips red.

Remember, you can adjust the Brush Size by tapping your Keyboard’s Bracket Keys.

Tip
If you paint over the teeth, you can step backwards by tapping Ctrl then Z.
 


Alternatively, you can utilise the
Eraser Tool to remove unwanted red pixels.

Tip
To see how the painted lips are progressing, click back the Middle Layer’s Visibility icon. Then remember to click back the Eye icon again to hide the Layer’s Visibility.

    

Remember, for a traditional pop art appearance, the red lips needn’t be perfect.

After you have painted in the red lips, you are ready for the next step.



8/
Now, click back the Middle Layer’s Visibility. Then tap the Minus (-) Key to return your image to its original size - (Zoom Out).

 

9/
It’s time to paint in the skin tones. Therefore, set the Foreground Colour Swatch to the following Flesh Colour - or select your own colour.

Flesh Colour HTML Notation is fcb377.

         

Now, Zoom into your image if necessary (Shift then the Plus Key). And being careful not to paint over the white eyeballs and teeth; (still working on the Top Layer) - paint in your subject’s skin tones. Remember, you can adjust the Brush Size by tapping your Keyboard’s Bracket Keys.

Tip
You can quickly return your image to a previous state by pressing Ctrl then Z.

Note
Pop art was originally a screen printing technique, and the print was often out of register. Therefore, leaving small white areas can add to the authenticity of this pop art look.
 


Tip
To see how the skin tones are progressing, click back the Middle Layer’s Visibility icon. You will then be able to paint in the skin tones with accuracy. (Remember to click the Eye icon to hide the Layer’s Visibility).

 

After you have painted in the Skin Tones, you are ready for the next step.



  

Tip
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

10/
It’s time to paint in the Dress Colours. Therefore, set the Foreground Colour to a Colour of your choice. I am selecting a Vivid Green.



Now, activate the Paintbrush Tool, and still working on the Top Layer. Carefully trace around the subject’s Dress.

Middle Layer’s Visibility Turned Off

                     

Middle Layer’s Visibility Turned On

                       

After you have painted in the model’s dress, you are ready for the next step.

          

Hair Colourisation
If your subject has blonde hair, then set the Foreground Swatch to a nice bright Yellow. Then, still working on the Top Layer - paint in your subject’s hair .

Tip
It’s a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

Important
If you want to change your image’s colours; as demonstrated in the next tutorial - Part Three: then it’s important not to Merge the Layers. Now,
Link Here To Learn How To Change Your Pop Art Image’s Colours.

If your Pop Art Conversion is complete, then Flatten the Layers (Image and then Flatten Image). Then
Link Here if you would like to create a Quarter Pop Art Grid.  Alternatively, Link Here to learn how to Optimise and Save your Pop Art Conversion.


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