Create an Elegant Technicolor Effect in Photoshop with Filter Forge
This tutorial will show you how to create a simple additive two color Technicolor filter for Photoshop using Filter Forge plugin. Filter Forge is a fantastic tool to create your own Photoshop filters without writing a single line of code or know how to program in any language.
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According to Wikipedia, Technicolor was the most widely used color motion picture process in Hollywood from 1922 to 1952 and was best known for its hyper-realistic, saturated levels of color. Although there were several different Technicolor processes, in this article we will focus on the most simple one of all of them all, the additive two color Technicolor process. Basically, this process involves extracting the RED and GREEN channels of an image, tinting them with red and cyan colors and mixing them back to produce an elegant and quite realistic looking color effect.
If you want to get more technical information about Technicolor, you can visit the Widescreen Museum for an in depth technical explanation and a bit of history about this subject. You can also visit Martin Scorsese’s Aviator Movie FX web site to learn how two and three color state of art Technicolor was used in the movie.