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How To: Selective Coloring

by Steph on 22 May 2012
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Selective coloring is one of those things, that there is about a million different ways to do it in PS. I’m going to show you what I believe is the easiest way.

First of all open up your photo. Duplicate the COLOR copy of the photo{control/command J}. Leave the colored photo on the bottom layer and turn your top photo to B&W. If you missed our B&W tutorial, check it out HERE. Once you have your B&W photo select an eraser with a soft edge. I like to start with a small eraser and do the edges of my colored item -in this case the flower- first, and then switch to a bigger brush to “fill it in”.  Erase the parts of your photo that you want to be in color.

And there you have it! Pretty easy, right? Now all you have to do it flatten and save!

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1 SnickerdoodleDesigns 23 May 2012 at 12:45 am

Awesome, easy tip, Steph! Thanks for sharing it!


2 Carol 6 June 2012 at 10:05 pm

Thanks for this great tutorial. I’ve always wondered how this was done when I saw others’ pictures and even tried painting the black and white photo where I wanted color which definitely made a messy look for sure. I do appreciate reading how to do this.


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