Lesson 1

Colorize the Light Areas of a Grayscale Graphic

 

OBJECTIVE:
In this lesson, you will explore techniques for colorizing both the light and dark areas of a placed grayscale image

Sample Solution

  1. Open ID 8-1.indd from the server folder
  2. Save it as ID_C8_L1_Transparency (your username) to your server folder
  3. Click the Selection tool, then select the graphics frame
  4. Display the Swatches panel, verify that the Fill button is active on the Tools panel, then click the yellow swatch (C=0, M=0, Y=100, K=0) (on the Swatches panel)--all of the white areas of the graphic are transparent and show the yellow fill applied to the graphics frame
  5. Click the Tint list arrow (on the Swatches panel), then drag the Tint slider to 50%--the yellow areas are highlighted
  6. Click the Direct Selection tool, then click the graphic to select it
  7. Click Edit (on the Application bar), then click Cut--the image is cut from the frame, but the frame remains with the 50% yellow background
  8. Make the Soft Blades layer visible on the Layers panel, then click the Soft Blades layer to target it
  9. Click the Selection tool, then select the graphics frame
  10. Click Grassy Green 45% on the Swatches panel--the lighter the areas of the graphic, the more the green background color shows through

Summary:  By applying a background fill to a frame, you created the effect that the light transparent areas of the grayscale graphic in the frame changed to that fill color

 

Lesson:  Colorize the dark areas of a grayscale graphic

  1. Click the Direct Selection tool, then select the graphic
  2. Click Navy on the Swatches panel--the dark areas of the image change from black to navy
    [TIP:  When the Direct Selection tool is activated and a graphic is selected, fills apply to the dark areas of a placed grayscale graphic]
  3. Click Grassy Green (on the Swatches panel)

Summary:  You selected a grayscale graphic, then changed its dark areas to a color on the Swatches panel