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I have a favor to ask of you, could somebody either explain to me how to change the color of my tank using some type of (preferably free) photo edit software, or if that isn't possible with simple free programs could somebody change the picture below to show the tank as a cherry red?  Thank you in advance, I'm trying to visualize what it would look like if I keep the forks black and repaint the tank red.



 

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So there's no easy and free software for color changing?  I was afraid of that, maybe I'll just do it the old fashion way and print the picture off and color it by hand or something.  I was hoping somebody would have created something free that can be used for that.
 

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This was about as red as I could get it,,



 

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w/o the forks done.
 

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That is great!  Thank you both Don and Allen, exactly what I needed to see.  I think I'm going to go with the last one, keep the forks black and redo the side covers, tank, and fender.  That really helped a lot, thank you.
 

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Allan,

If you want to do a better job try photo filters, masking and adjustment layers. It gets the green out of the equation.
 

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Allan,

If you want to do a better job try photo filters, masking and adjustment layers. It gets the green out of the equation.


My problem is color blindness, I have a green/red deficiency.
 

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Hey Kingston,



What's the condition of your paint? I'm looking to paint my '79 Deluxe black. My tank is in perfect condition... would you consider a swap?



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It's definitely not in perfect condition, I'll take a few pics if you want but it's got a couple areas where the clear coat has bubbled up some.  It started off as a maroon original, it could probably just be sanded down a little and a new clear put on, but at least the inside's in good shape.  It had some kind of tank coating put in at some point in life, don't know what kind but it's effective.  I have to recover a lost screw inside of it before I do anything else, need to go buy one of those telescoping magnets first.
 

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It's definitely not in perfect condition, I'll take a few pics if you want but it's got a couple areas where the clear coat has bubbled up some.  It started off as a maroon original, it could probably just be sanded down a little and a new clear put on, but at least the inside's in good shape.  It had some kind of tank coating put in at some point in life, don't know what kind but it's effective.  I have to recover a lost screw inside of it before I do anything else, need to go buy one of those telescoping magnets first.


Mine is originally maroon as well. The clear coat is fantastic -- still takes a shine great. But the color on the top of the tank is faded. If I have to spray a new clear coat on yours, then I guess it's not really practical. Thanks though.



BTW, I really like the look and setup of your bike with the black paint, the saddle bags and windshield. Really makes it a fantastic every-day bike -- for commuting or long distances.
 

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Did you want the radiator red too?
Hey Blindstitch, I have Adobe cs5 on my computer and have been wanting to mock up some different colors before I choose one. I have been trying to figure out how to do it and then I noticed this post. Wonder if you could guide me in some of the commands you used. As you can see my bike is two colors right now waiting for a paint job. Thanks
 

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I can help. I did all mine in adjustment layers. When you have a single color it's a lot easier to just mask the area and pull the color slider over. For kingstons bike I used photo filters since it was black. That was the only easy way to do it.



I'm going to email you.
 

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If you're looking for FREE, try GIMP. It's originally a unix tool but there'snow a version for windows. Great tutorials exist on youtube.



http://www.gimp.org/
 

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Well I just finished my latest project and I wanted you guys to see. It could still use some more work but I dinked around with it for about an hour trying to figure out which method was best. So here are my results.



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Well I just finished my latest project and I wanted you guys to see. It could still use some more work but I dinked around with it for about an hour trying to figure out which method was best. So here are my results.



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Wow! Excellent job, that really helps me a lot to decide. Just curious once you do all the

masking and what ever else you needed to do is it then easy to change the color or do you need to start over? What do you think of the black and what else would you think might look good? Once again thanks for taking the time to do this, I really appreciate it. Now I'm inspired to learn photo shop. Cheers Blindstitch
 
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