Photoshop Tutorial: Selective Coloring
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.
QUICK TIP: Google IMAGES "photoshop selective color" for ideas.
WARNING: Only use copyright free pictures. I found another good site at pixabay.com
- With your file opened, press Ctrl-J to duplicate the layer.
- Choose IMAGE/Adjustments, Desaturate.
- From Layers palette, add a Layer Mask.
- Make sure that your foreground color is white and background is black. (Remember--
white reveals; black conceal.)
- 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.
- When done, duplicate the layer.
The next two steps create a softer look to the photo.
- 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.)
- 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.
TIP: If for some reason the Eraser tool does not work, try the Brush tool.