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Old March 27th, 2008, 04:35 PM
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making pictures black and white with only certain things in color

i need help learning how to make only certain items in my photos in color and the rest in black and whit i have photoshop elements 6
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Old March 27th, 2008, 05:10 PM
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... and welcome to the Village

If you are a subscriber to PET then there are a couple of tutorials on this effect in the Subscriber Area>Tutorials

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Old March 27th, 2008, 05:16 PM
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Tisha - if your not a subscriber it is very worthwhile to join. If you are not yet a subscriber their are 82 threads that come up under "selective coloring" when you search this site. Some of them have links to other site's tutorials.
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Here's a quick one:

1) Open your picture.
2) Click the "Create Adjustment Layer" icon (it is the half black/half white circle.
3) Select "Hue/Saturation"
4) Move the Saturation slider all the way to the Left (a value = -100) You should have a B/W picture.
5) Select a brush tool
6) Type the letter "D" to set your foreground and back ground colors to Black and White (the D means Default)
7) Make sure the Hue/Saturation layer is selected, and with Black as your color, paint over the areas you want the color to appear. If you make a mistake, with white as your color selected, paint what you want to be B/W again.

Hope this helps.
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I did this a while back. Hope this can be of help. It's just another way.

I'm not much of a fan of selective color. However it seems that mommies and grandmas are, especially around Valentines when grandchildren are involved.

My daughter asked if I knew how to do selective color. Since there is usually more than one way to accomplish something in PhotoShop I figured I would try a technique that I just learned in a local PhotoShop class. (I've not been too successful with other methods.)

The images and steps for this tutorial were accomplished in PhotoShop Elements 5.

These photos are followed by links to a tutorial I did. Feel free to download the gum drops image and the text file. The tutorial is written in Microsoft WORKS Home Edition. The file extension is .wps.






The Color Gum Drops

http://mail.zipnet.us:7080/users/1lucian@zipnet.us/w-gum-drops.jpg

The tutorial written in Microsoft Works

http://mail.zipnet.us:7080/users/1lucian@zipnet.us/tut-selective-color.wps
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Here's a quick one:

1) Open your picture.
2) Click the "Create Adjustment Layer" icon (it is the half black/half white circle.
3) Select "Hue/Saturation"
4) Move the Saturation slider all the way to the Left (a value = -100) You should have a B/W picture.
5) Select a brush tool
6) Type the letter "D" to set your foreground and back ground colors to Black and White (the D means Default)
7) Make sure the Hue/Saturation layer is selected, and with Black as your color, paint over the areas you want the color to appear. If you make a mistake, with white as your color selected, paint what you want to be B/W again.

Hope this helps.
I'd have to say that this is probably the best way to do it in PE 6. masks are very useful because they dont affect the actual image.



Another way is to use the magic wand tool, select the color you want to keep, (tweak the selection if needed), inverse the selection, and then convert that to B&W
EDIT: you may want to duplicate the layer before you edit, so as not to damage the original pic. (for the magic wand method)
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Hi ...

Can I just ask that you don't post large sized images in the threads ... it causes all sorts of problems for people who are on dial up.

Best way is just to add clickable thumbnails ..

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Yet another way for selective coloring

Tisha102388, yet another way to selectively color a B&W photo using the original colors is to...

1) duplicate the background layer
2) convert the new background copy layer (the one on the top) to B&W using your preferred technique
3) while still on the top layer, choose the eraser tool, pick a suitable brush size and shape, and selectively erase the B&W portions of the top image to expose the underlying color image.

This is a "destructive" technique and yes, while there are non-destructive variations that use masks, they are often confusing to many new users. This technique is pretty straight forward and understandable.

And, if you do erase something you decide you want to put back in (to B&W) simply "undo".

Obviously, if you want to use colors that are different than the original, then this technique is of far less value.

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