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how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-14-2005, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

I keep seeing B&W photos with only one color left in them, for instance the subject's eye color or shirt color. I'd really like to learn how to do this. Could someone please explain the process? I use Corel Photo Paint, Macromedia Fireworks MX, and Macromedia Flash.

Thanks in advance. I really appreciate your help.

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Re: how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-14-2005, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmm ... not sure how everyone else does it, but when I do it, I use two layers. Start with a color version, copy it to a new layer, desaturate that layer and then make a selection around the part you want in color and delete it from there.

I'm sure there are better ways, but this is a quick and dirty method.
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Re: how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-14-2005, 10:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure how to do it any of those programs...but I copy a layer and use layer mask..

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Old 11-14-2005, 11:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, I don't know how to do it with those programs listed, I use Adobe Photoshop, wich I know several ways to do it there. If you have it, I'll be glad to let you know how to do it.

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Re: how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-15-2005, 06:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The way I do it is to adjust the photo til you get to the next to last step(unsharp mask). Desaturate the take our history brush and go edit.step backward. Open the history pallete and click on the action prior to desaturate.
the history brush will bring back the color in the areas you want recolored.
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Re: how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-15-2005, 11:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I click my heels 3x....and use a layer mask




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Re: how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-15-2005, 12:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not sure if the newer versions of CorelPaint makes use of layers or not, but on the earlier versions you would make a selection of the area that you wanted to keep in color, invert the mask and then desaturate.
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Old 11-15-2005, 03:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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A good method, never tried it though. I usually convert to grayscale, make sure things still look good, make adjustments if need be, and then colorize what I want. A bit tougher, but it works for me.

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Re: how to show only one color on B&W photo
Old 11-15-2005, 04:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I never tried it before, so I played around in Corel Photo Paint 9 and came up with this, (I use Photoshop normally)

zoom area you want to mask
select mask brush tool, I used hard edge brush
click the + sign to add to selection
paint areas, then click edit, copy visible
then undo back to original, or close without saving, then reopen image
click image, adjust, desaturate
click edit, paste, as new object
I then played with hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, etc:
export as jpg with new name

I know it's not perfect, but thought it might get you started, hope it helps.

PS I initialy selected teeth and whites of the eyes, but could not get rid of reddish tint, so dont know about that?


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Old 11-16-2005, 07:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow, folks! Thank you for all your replies. I'm going to try to carve out some time tonight to play with these techniques. Again, many thanks for your posts and instruction.

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