Photoshop help...Color missing

posted June 18th, 2017
Any Photoshop experts out there?
http://365project.org/houser934/projects/2017-06-17
I have this BW layer and a fill layer set to Color blend mode. When I save, copy, export, merge, stamp, or anything...the color doesn't come along...just the B&W. Any suggestions? Is there a better way to get this effect (turning black to red?)



posted June 18th, 2017
Hmmm... confounding for sure... and very frustrating! Have you tried flattening the image? Have you tried saving, closing out PS and then opening it again?
posted June 18th, 2017
also... have you tried the hue/saturation layer function? if you have no clue what i'm talking about i'll try to explain it, but i think it would have a similar effect to what you're trying to accomplish...
posted June 19th, 2017
I just tried your method. It works for me as one would hope, so I can't work out what might be happening for you. You didn't accidentally make this fill layer invisible, the eye on the layer panel? You are trying to color a pure black and white layer, correct? Not change color on an already existing color layer. An H/S adjustment layer would be the way to go then. But on a pure B&W layer that doesn't seem to have any effect.
posted June 19th, 2017
@frankhymus H/S has no effect on my base layer, so I'm thinking that's where the problem is. That grainy B&W was created from a normal color photo...by means of a filter of some kind, that I cannot quite recall---I was playing around. I wonder if I could turn it into a "real" B&W picture if that would make any difference. Thanks for the suggestion.
posted June 19th, 2017
@frankhymus Tried it again from scratch. It turns out I made the original B&W using the Filter Gallery...Sketch...Graphic Pen. Apparently the result is something not like normal layers. Looks like I have some more reading to do. What I wanted was the drawing effect, but with selective color. Ah well.
posted June 19th, 2017
@houser934 could you try a different colour sketch effect, then use a BW conversion layer in PS & then the pink fill layer?
posted June 19th, 2017
If no colors work the image's color information is probably in greyscale?

If you go along the the top and find "image" and in that menu find "mode" you should be able to switch it to being RGB.

To switch an area of greyscale to another color, I normally just use a hue/saturation layer. Fill the mask in black and paint whatever you want white. Then click "colorize" and adjust it to whatever color/saturation.
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