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Offline Enumclaw

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« on: August 16, 2005, 06:15:29 pm »
One of the most pesky reoccuring problems I've encounterd with Photoshop is every now and again the picture will suddenly just decide to switch to Grayscale, leaving me with nothing but black white and gray to color a pic.

Sometimes I figure out how to fix it, but than I always forget how I did it. My current pic is stuck in grayscale right now and nothing I do in Color Settings seems to be working.

Does anyone know how to turn a pic from gray scale back to color? I'm sure there most be an obvious answer but it eludes me.

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2005, 07:49:23 pm »
Are your video drivers finicky?

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2005, 02:29:29 am »
It just switches to grayscale out of nowhere?  Bizarre...

As far as your current pic, try going up to your "image" dropdown menu at the top of the screen, then go to "Mode" and you should have a selection of grayscale, RGB, CMYK, etc.  If you scan your pic in grayscale, make sure that you change it to whatever color scheme (RGB, CMYK) you're working with.  And SAVE, SAVE , SAVE!!

I hope that helps a bit.   Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2005, 10:57:24 am »
I agree with SHeeta.  Save, save, save.

That's odd that it just happens out of nowhere.  You sure you're not hitting any buttons by accident?
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2005, 05:49:11 pm »
Do you mean you are using it with a color image and then it turns turns the image to greyscale? If so, and if it's not possible that it's something you are doing on accident, then it might be a good idea to reinstall photoshop.  It shouldn't just switch a color image to greyscale on it's own.

Perhaps if you descibed when it does it a bit more. If you mean you are opening what you think to be a color image and it opens it as a greyscale, that might be something else (though that still sounds odd)

And if the problem is as strange as it sounds, I'd go further than just "save, save, save" but also when you save, save it as a seperate file each time and keep multiple versions. That way if anything else is found to be weird and troublesum like that, you have the option of going back to an earlier version. (this is not a bad practice to get used to anyways)

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2005, 07:52:07 pm »
Well I found out what it was. Whenever I started a new image it would open as a gray scale image (probably because I accidently set it to open as one), but me in my otherworld would just assume it was a color image. And once doing that it's difficult to get it back to color. Luckily I was able to cut and paste the line art into a new image that had color without losing too much of my progress.

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2005, 10:06:15 pm »
Heh, I hate those... I-D-ten-T errors. I'm bad for that too ':blush:' '<img'>

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2005, 12:34:45 am »
As Sheeta said, you can change a greyscale image to color mode by going to image/mode and then choosing which color mode you want there.  Also, on the "new" dialog, there is a dropdown titled 'color mode'. From what you explained, it sounds like you probably have that set to greyscale. You most likely want RGB (though it depends what you are doing, but RGB is the most common.)