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    How do I create an image where the....

    .....main subject is in color, however the background is in b&w. Is this something users do using "Post Processing"?? I really love the concept, and would love to get more involved and start taking similar pictures very seriously. Can someone guide me in the right direction.

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    Yep, bit of work in post processing. Various people use different methods. Mine is to create a new layer, apply the original image to it, gradient map it so it's black and white, and then carefully erase the parts I want in colour. Works well for me. I'm sure others will chip in with their suggestions.
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    Thanks Paradox for your comments. I was wondering if there is a step by step process that someone can point me too. It will be very helpful.

    Nishi

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    Quote Originally Posted by nishi57 View Post
    Thanks Paradox for your comments. I was wondering if there is a step by step process that someone can point me too. It will be very helpful.

    Nishi
    I don't know what you use for post, but here are two threads concerning selective desat.

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

    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20855
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    Thanks D Thompson, I will definitely give this a shot and see how it comes out.

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    I just create a desaturated layer on top of the color one, adjust what I want, then erase the desaturated layer where I want color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nishi57 View Post
    Thanks D Thompson, I will definitely give this a shot and see how it comes out.

    Nishi
    You're welcome. It's a fairly simple process and there are several different ways to accomplish it. Looking forward to your results.
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    Definitely, I will work on this over the next couple of days and will keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason25 View Post
    I just create a desaturated layer on top of the color one, adjust what I want, then erase the desaturated layer where I want color.
    Yup, pretty simple. I use the same process. Here are a couple of my, not so interesting attempts, just to prove that it works.....
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    Jason - I really like your shot by the way.

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