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    Default How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    I'm quite a newbie to photography so would appreciate any help offered.

    I've seen B&W photos which have portions in colour and was wondering how this is done. For example, the photo could be that of a rose plant which is black and white except for the rose which is left red.

    I've got Photoshop Elements and would like to achieve the same effect. Can anyone offer any help?

    TIA!

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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    Convert the whole image to monochrome then use 'history brush' tool to paint the desired area that you want to colour. It's a quick and easy method.
    "The more knowledge you attain, the more humble you should be."

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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    Quote Originally Posted by ordinarypeople View Post
    Convert the whole image to monochrome then use 'history brush' tool to paint the desired area that you want to colour. It's a quick and easy method.
    Thanks

    Will the history brush result in the coloured area appear blotchy?

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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    Not really. It'll look natural if you choose the a soft brush setting. Be careful of the edges of the image that you want to colour. Choose a finer brush size when you paint the edges. Zoom in when working with the details. It's easier that way.
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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    If the colour of the rose is nowhere else present in the picture you can also desaturate all other colours. The rose will remain coloured then.

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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    Great - thanks for all the quick replies, guys. I really appreciate this

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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    Oh dear, I forgot that Photoshop Elements does not have a history brush
    Last edited by Technospaz; 13th November 2008 at 12:34 AM.

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    Default Re: How to create B&W photos but with portions in colour?

    Thanks - this is v helpful

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