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te1221
06-14-2006, 08:53 PM
Hey guys,

I remember a while back I saw a tutorial for photoshop where someone converted a wedding picture so everything was black and white except for the rose, which was a vivid red. I tried searching for it but was not able to find it.

Does anyone have a link to that tutorial or something similar? Thanks!

phatkid77
06-14-2006, 10:08 PM
i feel your pain brother... i searched for days!!!! could do it in picture it 7, but not pS....

anyway, the easiest way i know is

control+J.......... creates another layer(copy)
now click on image, adjustments, hue/saturation....slide the saturation all the way to the left....
once completed, get the eraser and erase what u want colored.... voila

hope i helped u as others have helped me

aparmley
06-15-2006, 01:08 AM
Phat kid did a pretty job explaining the way he does it . . .

However, I do selective color slightly different. Ever since discovering the power of layers I like to use it as much as possible. Its very effective for selective coloring. . .

Open your image and use the keyboard shortcut ctrl+j like phatkid used to make a copy of the background layer:

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618310-L.jpg

Now, reduce the saturation of that top layer:

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618320-L.jpg

Next, with the top layer still selected, choose from the Layer menu, Layer > Layer Mask > "Reveal All" [I'll explain why we aren't going to "Hide All" this time]:

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618328-L.jpg

Again, keeping the top layer selected hit the "E" key - this will change your current tool to the Eraser tool. Why we didn't select a "Hide All" layer mask is because since we want the flower to be in color and not everything else, the flower represents the least amount of space that needs to change. If we did use "Hide All" we'd have to paint back everything but the flower - makes more work. Ok we have our eraser tool selected, hit the "X" key to have our foreground color change from black to white [By default the foreground color should be black, but as you can see in my first image it was a light blue - hit D to reset that tool so it is black and then hit X to get it to change to white] and we begin "Painting" back our color image:

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618250-L.jpg

Please note that I have used a hard edged brush for this process - I'll switch to a soft edge a little later. . . Now here I am painting in some of the finer detail up top - I'm using a softedge brush for this because it allows the transition from the colored flower that I'm "Painting" back to the B/W background nice and gradual - its not a hard transition from orange to black like I'd get with a hard edged brush. . . :

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618274-L.jpg

now - it might be hard to tell, like in this image, but I've been a little sloppy in my "Painting." One neat trick with layers is you can highlight your "Painting" in a bright pinkish red color to make your work more visible. You can turn this highlight on by pressing the "\" key:

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618286-L.jpg

You can really see my sloppiness at the top of the flower - Simply hit the "X" button to switch your background color so we can "Paint" back that black and white back ground. . . . This is the real reason I use it - if you make a mistake you don't have to use the "Undo" button, you can simply paint back your background and repair your mistake. this is a real time saver especially if you don't notice your mistake until after about another 25 erasing steps. As you can see in the next image, my history pallate is full of "Eraser" steps.

So real quick and sloppy heres the finish product. . . a simple ctrl+E to merge my top layer and bottom layer and I'm done:

http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/75618299-L.jpg

I hope this helps out ;)

D Thompson
06-15-2006, 03:04 AM
Hey guys,

I remember a while back I saw a tutorial for photoshop where someone converted a wedding picture so everything was black and white except for the rose, which was a vivid red. I tried searching for it but was not able to find it.

Does anyone have a link to that tutorial or something similar? Thanks!
This should be the link you are talking about.

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11351

angeloloria
06-15-2006, 05:17 AM
that was a good tutorial aparmley

te1221
06-15-2006, 05:41 AM
Yes..... this was everything I needed. Thanks guys! :D

D Thompson
06-15-2006, 06:02 AM
Please note that I have used a hard edged brush for this process - I'll switch to a soft edge a little later. . . Now here I am painting in some of the finer detail up top - I'm using a softedge brush for this because it allows the transition from the colored flower that I'm "Painting" back to the B/W background nice and gradual - its not a hard transition from orange to black like I'd get with a hard edged brush. . . :

I hope this helps out ;)
A little tip, especially when you get close to the edge of the transition, is to drop the flow of the brush down to <10% and use a buildup method which gives more control. I'll typically use 4-6% flow on a soft edged brush after I've painted in the bulk. I also will zoom in to 300-400% if I want to be very precise.

Hope this helps.

aparmley
06-15-2006, 09:50 AM
that was a good tutorial aparmley

Thanks Angel - it was a quick and simple.



A little tip, especially when you get close to the edge of the transition, is to drop the flow of the brush down to <10% and use a buildup method which gives more control. I'll typically use 4-6% flow on a soft edged brush after I've painted in the bulk. I also will zoom in to 300-400% if I want to be very precise.

Hope this helps.


Thanks for the flow tip Dennis.

D Thompson
06-15-2006, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the flow tip Dennis.
You're welcome. I'll rarely go over 10% flow unless I've got a big area that I want to do quickly. It takes a few swipes to notice, especially @ 4%, but it's worth it for the control you get. Glad to help.

wutske
06-15-2006, 02:06 PM
Gave it a quick try:
http://wutske.cabspace.com/album/Nature/leafs/slides/DSCF7181.jpg (http://wutske.cabspace.com/album/Nature/leafs/slides/DSCF7181.html)

Comments welcome :)

aparmley
06-15-2006, 03:31 PM
Gave it a quick try:
http://wutske.cabspace.com/album/Nature/leafs/slides/DSCF7181.jpg (http://wutske.cabspace.com/album/Nature/leafs/slides/DSCF7181.html)

Comments welcome :)


Very nicely done. looks good to me.

DrunkenPolarBear
04-09-2007, 12:10 PM
Thank you everybody explaining this... this was alot of help and i never thought i would find out how to do it.. im good at photoshop.. i just dont know why i didnt try this.. i guess it was a huge brain fart haha, but thanks everyone!!

rickalm2000
04-13-2007, 07:37 PM
I've been trying to find a good tutorial for this, thanks a lot for the in depth as usual aparmley!! I'm gonna give this a whirl first thing in the morning (maybe noonish actually, its friday night!!)

rickalm2000
04-15-2007, 07:03 AM
ok heres my first try at this, just a quick and dirty. I love the way you explain these things aparmley, it makes it seem so easy.

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l34/xtiguy/selectivecolorbeeandflowers.jpg