New Guy - Probably the dumbest question ever!

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  1. dochall22

    dochall22 TPF Noob!

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    I've got adobe CS3 - and I'm wondering - what is the easiest way to turn a photo black and white except for 1 color? There has got to be an easier way then what I've been doing. How do you guys do it?
     
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    stsinner TPF Noob!

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    Create a duplicate layer by hitting CTRL J (you always want to work on a duplicate layer, not your original), desaturate the image, then use the history brush from your side tool bar and paint whatever you want to bring the color back to. It's called selective coloring, and you can do a youtube search for it, more than likely, that will demonstrate it for you.


    1. CTRL j
    2. Image>Adjustments>Desaturate
    3. History brush


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    dochall22 TPF Noob!

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    awesome - thanks a lot!
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    There are several methods. I like to use layer masks.

    So you would create a duplicate layer and convert it to B&W (there are also several methods for this). Then create a layer mask for that layer. Then use the brush tool to add or remove parts of the mask to cover/uncover the areas that you want.
     
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    Here is the original:
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    here is my first - desaturation style color selection:

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    Thanks a lot for the help!!!
     
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    dochall22 TPF Noob!

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    I'm going to try your way too, I had been selecting the peice i want with the lasso and then invert selection then removing color.
     
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    dochall22 TPF Noob!

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  8. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Bah i hate brushing the effect for anything other than touchups. I would use the select -> colour range tool. Select the colour with high fuzzyness, invert the selection, and then desaturated the selection.

    Then jump into the history brush tool for touchups :)
     
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    dochall22 TPF Noob!

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    thats a good way to do it too, thanks!
     
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    ~Stella~ TPF Noob!

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    Techniques aside, the baby was much nicer in color. In B&W he looks rather...um...not alive.
     
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    i think you are right. I just wanted to learn a new way of doing that particular edit!!
     

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