Selective Coloring
This Tutorial works for PHOTOSHOP and PHOTOPEA

Objective: This quick tutorial shows you how to spotlight certain parts of an image. This useful technique is often used to grayscale an image while leaving some parts colored.


  1. Selective ColoringWith your file opened, press Ctrl-J to duplicate the layer.
  2. Choose IMAGE/Adjustments, Desaturate.
  3. From Layers palette, add a Layer Mask.
  4. Make sure that your foreground color is white and background is black. (Remember--
    white reveals; black conceal.)
  5. With the Eraser tool, wipe across the areas to reveal the desired color.
    TIP: Change the brush stokes as necessary to get around the edges.

    When you paint over too much, swap the fore & back colors. Then wipe again.
  6. When done, duplicate the layer.

    The next two steps create a softer look to the photo.
  7. On the new layer, be sure the image thumbnail is selected. Then choose FILTER/Blur, Gausian. Set at about 3.
    (Don't worry that it looks blurry now.)
  8. From Layers palette, choose Blending, Overlay or Soft Light.
    If you don't like the result of steps 7 & 8, feel free to Undo them.





QUICK TIP: Google IMAGES "photoshop selective color" for ideas.
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