Tips & Techniques: Adding color to grayscale images in InDesign

The image must be saved as a grayscale or bitmap image. (Choose Image >, Mode >, Bitmap or Image >, Mode >, Grayscale in Photoshop). If the image is in PSD format, it may contain multiple layers, but the bottom layer must be opaque. In other words, you cannot apply color to a PSD image with a transparent background in InDesign. To add color to an image, select the image with the Direct Selection (white arrow) tool, and then select a color from the Swatches palette or the Color palette. Thank you. It was so easy to colorize a TIFF in Quark, and I couldn't find the info anywhere in Adobe's help menus. (Why am I not surprised?) thank you!!!i could only change the background, and couldn't figure out how to change the foreground image...until i found your blog entry.i also learned to type a very broad term on google.thanks again. Finally! I got an answer to my question!!! BUT ... what if I need that image to be colored AND transparent? If the image needs to be colored AND have a transparent background, you'll need to either create a clipping path for the image, or add the color to the image in Photoshop. I am so very happy to have found you. These tips are going to be so helpful. I can't thank you enough. Regards,clipping path Great, thanks for this. I'm another 'could do in Quark, why not in ID?'... Your a great help :)/Doug This makes no sense to me.Are you saying that for all color applied to grayscale images we need to take image into Photoshop first?In quark we could easily color the image, the image background AND the box fill. IS that not possible in InDesign? @lsellers555: As long as your image is a grayscale or bitmap PSD, TIF, BMP or JPG, you can colorize it in ID by selecting the image with the Direct Selection (white arrow) tool and then choosing a color from the Swatches panel or the Color Panel. To colorize the frame background, select the frame with the Selection (black arrow tool) and apply a color. i followed all the instructions to a T,i have double and triple checked myself...but I am unable to use the colors or the swatches, they become transparent and i cannot click on them...what could be the problem? (other than the fact that I am technologically challenged, haha). I have this due for an assignment tomorrow. @Anonymous: Are you sure you have the image selected with the Direct Selection (white arrow) tool? Is your image the right kind of image, as described in the original post? Thanks. This has been driving me nuts. I knew it must be something simple. I too was a Quark user... Hey Keith, landed here on your blog and my problem is that I have a grey scale image set as a background but when I click a swatch, its the white area that changes colour and not the grey. So the white face fills with colour rather than the grey background! Sorry, I have answered the question by using the white arrow to select the image box which you have repeatedly said so many times..Many thanks :-) thanks, that first, for all your comments back and forth. i'm also doing something not right... behind the picture it's totally filled with solid red now, within the blue lines. (if i drag the image away (within the brown lines) i see that. but the image itself stays totally grey. what to do...? thanx, martine @Anonymous: It sounds like you've applied a color fill to the frame, not the image. You need to apply a color fill to the image contents (as you put it, 'within the brown line'. Select the image with the white arrow (Direct Selection) tool, and apply a fill color. this makes me miss Macromedia FreeHand--it was so easy to drop in a tiff, make it whatever color, and choose whether the background is transparent or not...Now if I want to color a tiff and have transparency, I have to jump through a bunch of sad. To get Colored AND Transparent... (without making a mask)turn your greyscale photoshop image into a bitmap (super highres depending on the image itself... maybe 1200 or more).Can change color of the image in the same manner as explained in the tip.(GREAT post btw, thank-you)Joe I've tried this on Mac with CS3 : It works with BMP and TIF files, but not with PSD and PNG.I've not tried JPG. THANK YOU!! Just spent ages trying to create a white silhouette with transparent background, and your post showed me in 30 seconds.Something dead simple for us Quarkies :)Thanks againLinda Thank you so much - this has been driving me nuts. I knew there must be a simple way, but none of the manuals seem to list this.David Thnx a lot. This advice was really helpful to me and many others. Have a god day, and not just a day..Zoran Source.

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