Create a Color Accented Photo in Photoshop


Introduction: Create a Color Accented Photo in Photoshop

In this instructable I will show you how to create an easy color accented photo in photoshop, gimp, or any other image editing program.

Step 1: What You Will Need

You will need the following things to do this:
- Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, or any other image editing software
- A color photo to accent
- A tablet (optional)

Step 2: Prep Work

Open up the picture you want in photoshop or whatever program you are using. Create a new layer from the image. Remove any blemishes or anything else that you don't want in the new layer.

Step 3: Old School!

You are now going to turn your new layer into black and white, there are two ways of going about doing this

1.) Image > Mode > Grayscale


2.) Image > Adjustments > Hue / Saturation [ Set saturation to -100 ]


Image > Adjustments > Levels [ click "select black point" and then select a black spot on the picture and click it


Image > Adjustments > Levels { click "select white point" and select a white point on the picture and click it


Select > All and then Select > Modify > Border


Select > Modify > Feather

(( The above steps are shown on the first picture ))


Image > Adjustment > Curves [ Play around with the curve to get he darkness you want ]

(( The above step is shown in the second picture ))


Step 4: Erasing

Now is when your graphics tablet comes in handy. Click on the eraser tool and slowly erase the black and white layer in the place where you want the color to be. You can keep track of your progress by occasionally turning off the B&W; layer to see how close you are to the edges. When you are finished, go to Layer > Flatten Image

Step 5: Done!

Now you are finished. You can mess around with the colors and effects to get the effect that you want.

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Thanks man, this was really helpful for a middle school tech class. Thanks again

nice tutorial.....i thought it was a real easy step by step procedure....i will definitely use it in the future.

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great work, you could use a layer mask on the upper layer to let through the color of the underlaying layer because then you can edit it afterwards, and when you use a brush with soft borders to draw in the mask the transition from b&w; to color will be more realistic :)

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