Creating Selective Color in Black & White Photographs in Photoshop CS on a Mac

This tutorial will walk you through the steps of selectively leaving coloring on an object, or several objects, within a photograph. Pick any color photograph that would generally look good in black and white. While done on Photoshop CS for a MAC, the steps should generally apply to both PC and MAC versions of Photoshop, as well as older version of Photoshop as well.

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Step 1. Take your color photograph and change the brightness and contrast (‘Image’ > ‘Adjustments’ > ‘Brightness/Contrast’) to a level that will look nice in black & white, paying close attention to the object(s) that will be remaining color.


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Step 2. Turn the image in to greyscale by desaturating (‘Image’ > ‘Adjustments’ > ‘Desaturate’).


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Step 3. Then, select the history brush just prior to converting to greyscale.


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Step 4. Using the history brush, begin to erase the greyscale from the bouquet, revealing the color behind.


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Step 5. Finally, re-adjust the brightness and contrast levels again, to better bring out the areas that are now color again (‘Image’ > ‘Adjustments’ > ‘Brightness/Contrast’).


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And there you have it. Play around with various settings to make the picture exactly how you want it, but this tutorial should give you an idea on how to do selective coloring on a black & white photograph in Photoshop on a MAC.