Photo tinting is a fun way to get creative with your images. Whether you want to give your photos a vintage feel with a sepia tone or go wild with different colors, you’ll want to tint in a way that is nondestructive. Photoshop’s Adjustment Layer Presets give you the flexibility to play with your photos without altering the actual image. Here’s how:
Open the image you want to tint in Photoshop or Elements.
If the image comes in as a background, double-click the word "background" in the layers panel and then click OK in the dialog box that appears.
Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy the image.
Click the "Create a new fill or adjustment layer" icon in the Layers panel. It looks like a circle which is half black/half white.
Choose Hue/Saturation from the adjustment layer menu.
Tick the "Colorize" box in the menu, then move the Hue and Saturation sliders to get the color you want. For very light or very dark images, move the Lightness slider first.
When you are satisfied, close the Hue/Saturation box.
You can leave the adjustment layer as it is or you can press Ctrl E (Mac: Cmd E) on the keyboard to merge the adjustment layer and the photo.
Now you have a tinted image on top of the original image.
At this point, if you want to create more tinted images, select the original and press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) to copy it.
Hide the tinted image by clicking the layer visibility icon (eyeball) on the left side of the tinted layer.
Click the untinted image copy and apply a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, choosing a different color in the steps taken above.
You'll have two different tints on top of the original.
Continue until you have as many tints as you'd like.
Restore the visibility of the layers by clicking the layer visibility icons on the hidden layers.
Drag the tinted images from the layers panel onto a new document to design your project.
Playing with color is fun way to change up your projects. Photoshop and Elements make it easy to get creative without overwriting your original image.