This tutorial will demonstrate how to go from this
Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Note: This tutorial CAN be used for icon/edit coloring but is intended for gifs since it’s fairly “basic”.
Make a gif!
For some, this would be fine “as is”. I, however, think his skin looks too yellow and I just want my gif to “pop”.
Sharpen (Press CTRL+F)
Go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Color Balance (a small menu will pop up, hit ‘ok’)
These are the settings you will want to use for Midtones
Click the “Create New Adjustment Layer” icon on your Layers Tab (it looks like a yin yang symbol) and select “Solid Color”
Set the Layer Mode to “Difference”, 100% Opacity
Create another Solid Color adjustment layer
Set the Layer Mode to “Normal”, 9% Opacity
Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Color Balance
Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels
Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Exposure
WARNING: IF YOU USE THE EXACT SAME SETTINGS THAT I DO, IT MAY OR MAY NOT WORK DEPENDING ON THE EXISTING COLORING OF YOUR GIF
See? That looks terrible.
If the settings I provided work for you, great! If not, experiment!