Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Color Tinting Photos with Spectrum Noir

We're so pleased to have Lori Barnett as part of our design team - she's a specialist with Spectrum Noir markers, and she's also on the Spectrum Noir design team! Lori is showing us how she's used her markers on black & white photos. See her tips and tricks for using this technique below:

Looking for a fun and unique way to use photos on a scrapbook page, greeting card, or other crafty project? Try color tinting b&w photos with Spectrum Noir Markers. Create amazing hand-tinted photos, simply by adding a dash of color to black and white prints!

Whether you are looking to re-create a nostalgic vintage looking photo, or a bright and colorful masterpiece, this technique will deliver!


Keep it simple. Color a few focal areas rather than tinting the entire photo for the best effect.

Color items such as a hat, hair bow, flower or other parts of the picture you want to feature and stand out.

Try adding a pale pink color to lips, or color to the eyes.


The Blender marker works great to remove or “erase” marker from the photographs. If you go out of the lines, or want to “erase” the color and start over, give the Blender marker a try.


Make sure to scribble off on a scratch paper until all the color comes off the nib after each “swipe” of the Blender marker. It's easy once you get the hang of it. Test on a practice photo to make sure it works with your photo paper and ink.

Photos that have areas with more contrast and slightly darker areas are easier to color and look more realistic. This denim hat is a good example. Marker color used to color the denim hat is TB3.


Using Spectrum Noir markers for Color Tinting B&W Photos is a must try technique! The transparency of Spectrum Noir marker ink allows details of the photograph to show through.

Whether you are wanting to reprint an old cherished photo to add a bit of color, or get creative with some new favorite pics, Spectrum Noir markers will do the trick.

Check out this post on the Spectrum Noir website for more examples and tips using this technique!

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