Brighten up an image from a picture

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Hi, I am going to attach an image. These folks don't have any artwork, so I took a picture of their sign. I've cropped it and brightened it up a fair bit, but it still looks a little faded. I have adobe illustrator and photoshop (obviously I'm not very good at using either one yet).

How could I replace the colors in the words? (I'd like to use a brighter yellow as well as a black outline instead of blue). Thanks!

Question by:mel200
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi Mel200,

    To give you the most scope, open your JC's header2.jpg file in Illustrator and explore the Pen and Trace Tools.

    This page may help get you started.

    Basically, you will be creating a vector line drawing of your image which you will be able to colour and scale as you wish.

    Using Photoshop, you coud simply use the 'bucket colour' tool to colour elements of your original. I have attached a quick sample which makes your yellow brighter.


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    Assisted Solution

    I don't know what kind of format you need this image but if it's for print or high res production, follow the Illustrator tutorials for redrawing the logo. Otherwise, if it's just for web art, you can pull it into Photoshop and change it up like so.

    I first choose Image - Adjustments - Selective Color chose the White and pulled the Black all the way down to -100% and on the Blue dropdown, pulled all the black to 100%.

    I then went to Images - Adjustments - Hue & Saturation and selected the Blue dropdown and pulled the Lightness all the way down to -100. Then I selected the Yellow and pulled the Saturation all the way too +100.

    And to add the final touch, I went to Images - Adjustments - Brightness/Contrast and pulled the Contrast up until I thought the image looked crisp. Hope this helps!!


    Author Comment

    It is just for the web- thank you both!! I will use that log design tutorial for sure. I'll split the points, I hope that's satisfactory.
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    Expert Comment

    I don't worry about the points, just like helping so glad I could. :)

    Author Comment

    That's great, I really appreciate it! I learned two different techniques today that will come in very handy.

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