This month we're going to take a ribbon and recolor it to whatever your creative mind desires.
Many of you will already know how to recolor but I hope there will be something in this tutorial that you haven't tried.
1. Let's start with a pretty ribbon with no shadows. (You can use one with shadows but the results may not be exactly what you want.)
I'm using one of Carole's pretty ribbons from her kit, Christmas Fancy. You may choose any ribbon from your stash.
2. Add a Black & White Layer Adjustment.
Click on the Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette and choose Black & White.
Accept the default settings for now.
3. Add a Hue Saturation Layer Adjustment.
Click on the Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette (just like you did in step 2) and this time choose Hue Saturation.
Turn on the "Colorize" button then adjust the sliders to get the color you want.
4. Return to the Black & White Adjustment layer and move the sliders and watch the colors darken or lighten.
RECOLOR WITH A CLIPPING MASK
1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 from above.
2. Open a pretty paper from your stash and drag it the top of your ribbon layers palette.
3. Choose: Layer/Create Clipping Mask
4. Change the paper layer blend mode to "Color"
( Windows users need to press ENTER to accept the layer blend mode.)
5. Return to the Black & White Adjustment layer and move the sliders for added brightening effects.
1. Repeat steps 1 and 2 from the Basic Color instructions.
2. Click on the Black & White layer mask.
(If you don't already have a layer mask, click on the layer options button at the bottom of the layers palette.
3. With a black brush, paint away some of the ribbon and watch the original color appear.
4. Now add a paper with a clipping mask as in the 2nd set of instructions.
5. You can change what parts of the ribbon you want the original color to appear by painting the mask with the white brush (to return to the black and white) or use the black brush to add more of the original color.
6. Add a pretty drop shadow and you're done!
Here is my final ribbon:
BONUS: ADD A DASH OF FROST
1. When your ribbon is finished, add a layer to the top of the layers palette and name it Frost.
2. Ctrol Click on the original layer to select the ribbon outline.
3. Click on the Frost layer to select it and with a white soft brush, paint some of the ribbon.
4. Change the Frost layer Blend mode to "Dissolve"
5. Lower the Frost layer opacity to the desired effect.