I’ve been asked to do a tutorial on Selective Colour in Photoshop CS and Elements.
I have chosen to do it in this manner as I know these work in Elements. If you have Photoshop CS you might find one or two moves unnecessary but it won’t hurt to learn them.
To make it easy for me and for you, instead of selecting just one colour we’re going to take all the colour out of the following picture and then replace just the colour in the painting!
Here is the original. It is a jpeg but I’ve left the Resolution high enough for you to practice on!
OK. Step One. Upload the photo into your version of Photoshop
If your ‘Layers Palette’ is not showing go to ‘Window - Layers’ and your ‘Layers Palette’ will appear.
Follow the Red Arrow and click on the ‘Adjustment Layer Icon’ (half black half white circle)
Then follow the Green Arrow and select ‘Hue/Saturation’ from the list. See below.
Step One A.
This will bring up the ‘Hue/Saturation Palette’
Follow the Red Arrow. Click on the ‘Saturation Slider’ and slide it all the way to the left. Your picture will now de-saturate!
Follow the Green Arrow and make sure your ‘Selected Foreground Colour’ is Black.
Follow the Red Arrow and select the ‘Brush Tool’.
Follow the Red Arrow and select a Large Brush size. I have selected a brush size of ‘300’
You’ll notice it has a soft edge and as our picture has quite a hard edge we’re going to Follow the Green Arrow and increase the ‘Hardness’ to 100% by dragging the slider to the right.
Now all we have to do is Paint over the Picture where we want to restore colour.
Zoom in close and start to paint.
If you want to increase or decrease the size of your brush try hitting the [ and ] brackets.
If you want to increase or decrease the softness or hardness of your brush use ‘Shift + [‘ or ‘Shift +]’
If you need to Scroll up or down hold down the ‘Space Bar’ and simply drag your picture up or down or sideways.
Use your Zoom Tool to make your picture large enough to work on easily.
If you go over the edge don’t worry. Just go to where the Green Arrow took you on Step Three and click on that little Rocker Symbol and your foreground colour will change to white. Paint out the mistake, go back to Black and carry on!
If you want to check if you’ve missed anywhere you can Hold Down Alt and click on your ‘Layer Mask’ (Follow the Mauve Arrow) and your picture will be replaced by the Black Mask that you are painting on to bring back the colour. Any white parts are missed areas. You can paint them in on the Black mask if the borders are clearly defined.
You can use this method to pick out just one colour or just one object as we have done here.
Play with the process. It gets easier and easier as you get used to it.
Happy Editing !
Love to All ~ Res