I'm going MENTAL with this "Flatten Image" problem

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by greenbriel, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. greenbriel

    greenbriel Guest

    Hello 'shoppers. I'm a design professional, and consider myself prett
    fluent in Photoshop (nearly 10 years), but this behavior has m

    I have a grayscale image with threshold effect that I want colorize.
    add a hue/saturation layer, check 'colorize', adjust till it look

    Here's the bit that's been driving me nuts: when I flatten the image
    the colorization disappears and I'm left with the greyscale again.

    I've tried it many different ways: Performing the hue saturation on th
    layer directly (no adjustment layer) - this looks like it's going t
    work, i.e. the image gets colorized when the preview box is checked i
    the effect dialog, but when I click OK, it returns to grayscale!!

    I've also tried adding a solid layer and setting it's blending mode t
    color - same exact behavior - returns to grayscale when flattened.

    Can anyone offer any help with this?! I'm really stumped at this point
    If you want to have a look at the file, I uploaded it t
    http://fthatjob.com/flush_big.psd (~2.8 Megs)

    And here's more weirdness I just discovered - if I shrink the file fro
    it's current 3072 x 2048 to 640 x 427, and then do the flatten
    everything works as expected!!!

    WTF is going on here?

    greenbriel, Jun 23, 2004
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    V1nc3nt Guest

    I downloaded you psd and I have the same thing. This is strange. I don't
    know the answer though. We have to wait for the PS guru's.
    V1nc3nt, Jun 23, 2004
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  3. greenbriel

    Mike Russell Guest

    Your image contains mostly pure black or white pixels, which will not take
    on any color from hue/sat. They will appear that way due to a "glitch",
    sort of, in the way Photoshop displays a zoomed image.

    Zoom to 100% and you'll see the lack of color even in the unflattened image.

    One way to deal with this is to create gray pixels with a Gaussian blur of
    ..6 pixel..
    Mike Russell, Jun 23, 2004
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    Mark Guest

    Can't you just change the mode to RGB?
    Mark, Jun 23, 2004
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    Brooklyn NYC Guest

    I tried it myself a couple of different ways and had the same problem. When
    I checked the mode it was in RGB as suggested by Mark.

    I submitted this to NAPP's help desk. These guys are really good and have
    helped me in the past. I will post their reply even if someone else comes up
    with a solution.
    Brooklyn NYC, Jun 23, 2004
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    Hecate Guest

    Before you do anything, go to image/mode and make the image RGB. Then
    add you hue/saturation layer.
    Hecate, Jun 24, 2004
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    V1nc3nt Guest

    It's already in RBG, that's strange thing
    V1nc3nt, Jun 24, 2004
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    Hecate Guest

    That is weird because the OP says it's in grayscale.
    Hecate, Jun 25, 2004
  9. greenbriel

    Brooklyn NYC Guest

    I sent this msg and link to Peter Bauer == he's written some books on PS and
    Illustrator == and he did it in 2 seconds. Here was his answer:

    You need to adjust the Lightness slider.

    He sent it back to me and that worked.
    Brooklyn NYC, Jun 25, 2004
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    V1nc3nt Guest

    Yes, the background image is in grayscale (or B&W), but it's in a RBG .psd.
    How could he be working with Hue/Saturation otherwise?
    V1nc3nt, Jun 25, 2004
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    Deco_time Guest

    Didn't work here. Yes I could flatten and get a green tint, but in no
    way was it like the original. In any case, Mike Russell suggestion
    worked perfectly and was exactly like the original zoomed out once
    flattened. Way to go Mike.
    I do think it's a bug in PS as the 25% zoom doesn't display what the
    image is really like.
    Deco_time, Jun 25, 2004
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