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July’s first-place photo challenge winner submitted a beautiful image with selective (or some say “spot”) coloring.  You can see it here… This technique used to be called “hand coloring” because it was literally done by hand on the print with photo oils (kind of like a paint or dye). For years, I created images this way — and though I enjoyed it, it was incredibly labor-intensive. These days, things are a lot easier.  Today, you can achieve similar results with just a few steps, using layering in Photoshop. Keep in mind that there are numerous ways to do just about anything in Photoshop.  I’m just giving you one way.  The more time you spend in Photoshop, the more comfortable you will feel with its functions.  And eventually, you will find your own favorite features and ways of processing photos. So lets get started…

Photoshop Tip: Layering

I chose an image I shot at Lori’s wedding in Paris last May… here is the image just opened up in Photoshop and cropped to a square. I’m going to turn it into a black-and-white photo and then put spot color back on the flowers. Photoshop: Spot Coloring Black and White Photos Here’s how: Up on the menu bar, I hit “Layer,” then “New Adjustment Layer,” then “Hue/Saturation” and I just drag the saturation slider all the way to the left.  (By the way, this is not the best way to make a black-and-white photograph, but it is a quick-and-easy way, and I use this method on photos like this all the time.) Photoshop: Spot Coloring Black and White Photos Now, you’ll notice that we have two layers in Photoshop; on the layers pallet (over to the right) we have the original image (called “Background”) and a second layer (called “Hue/Saturation”). At this point, I like to rename my layers, and I suggest you do the same.  It’s a good habit to get into so you know what is what — especially if you’re going to start using layers in Photoshop all the time.  It just makes it that much easier if they all have meaningful names. You will notice in the next frame I re-named mine to “Black & White.”  It’s as simple as renaming a file on your computer.  Just right click and rename. That done, we need to bring back the color of the flowers.

Photoshop Tip: Masking

An easy way to do this is to simply mask out the black-and-white layer where the flowers are. To do that, simply hit that little button on the bottom of the pallet (second one from the left) that looks like a camera or washing machine.  That’s the button for creating a mask. Then use a paint brush and paint black on the mask where the flowers are. A good little phrase to remember in Photoshop is “White reveals and black conceals.” So, again, we’re going to spot color the flowers by painting black all over them. Remember, there are other ways to make a selection and speed up the process but painting is a good way to get started. See the mask next to the “Hue/Saturation” on the layers pallet?  It’s that white box that looks like there is a little blob in it — that blob is the mask of the flowers. Photoshop: Spot Coloring Black and White Photos Once the flowers are masked, I put on two more layers in Photoshop to give it a little more pop and contrast. I use “Levels” and “Curves”… and if nothing else, every image I process gets a layers and curves adjustment.  Click HERE for more details on adjusting your pictures in Levels and Curves. Photoshop: Spot Coloring Black and White Photos

Photoshop Tip: Voila!

And voila … we went from this color image to a black and white image with an isolated spot of color. Photoshop: Spot Coloring Black and White Photos [Editor’s Note: Learn more about how you can turn your pictures into cash in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up here today and we’ll send you a new report, Selling Photos for Cash: A Quick-Start Guide, completely FREE.]

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