Saturday, March 28, 2009

Photo Tinting Tips and Ideas

Photo tinting is great for scrapbooking as well as sleek and contemporary greeting cards.

۰ Use with black and white, sepia, or even color photos!
۰ Do not use original photos. Always preserve those.
۰ Must use copy machine toner. Printer ink will not work.
۰ Copy all in black and white for black and white results.
۰ Sepia and color photos usually need to be lightened.
۰ If a sepia photo is the desired result then sepia prints must be color copied.
۰ Photo paper can be used for scrapbook albums. Matte photo paper works best.
۰ Glossy cardstock works fine for greeting cards.
۰ Make extra copies for trial runs.
۰ Use large tip when maximum coverage is desired.
۰ Always brush stroke in the direction indicated by subject.
۰ Use the small tip for accents and details.
۰ Remember only slight pigmentation is the desired effect.
۰ For deeper colors, let dry and re-paint.
۰ Choose a focal point and highlight that.
۰ For most dramatic effects, do not add color to background items.
۰ The least amount of differing subjects colored in a photo the better.
۰ Provide coverage of the large areas first and detail last.
۰ Use the softener/blender pen when even less pigment is desired.
۰ The softener can be used directly on photo to blend colors and soften edges.
۰ Always use softener while color is still wet.
۰ Use short, quick strokes with the softener.
۰ Softener can be used as a brush taking color from other pens. (Great for blush)
۰ Softener will remove some color and repair minor mistakes if caught quickly.
۰ Clean tips by marking on white paper until true color returns.
۰ Allow photos to dry overnight.

Try chalks and photo stamps as alternatives when experimenting with tinting.

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