Photoshop Elements: How to Make Black and White Photography with Color
There are so many amazing things you can do in PhotoShop. Have you ever seen those gorgeous pictures of the children holding a rose, where the photo is in all black and white with the exception of the red rose? Well, here is a simple way to get that effect using PhotoShop Elements. This step-by-step instructional guide portrays a photo of what your screen will look like, as you do each step. You will be able to see what buttons to press, and where they are on the screen.
This is the Before Photo
Step One: Click on the smart tool:
The smart tool is on the right. It is emphasized by the darkened area around it. If you are uncertain you are clicking on the correct icon, hover above it for a few seconds and you will see a bar coming that will tell you what the icon is. If it says "smart tool." Click on it. Once you do this, you will see a new drop down menu on the top of the screen.
Step Two: Scroll down and click on "black and white in reverse."
The drop down menu will be right above your work area and below the main menus. Click on the arrow clicking down, and you will find "black and white in reverse." Assuming you have the same version as me, it should be one of them that uses a flower icon.
Step Three: Highlight the area that you want to be colored
When you first press black and white in reverse, you may feel like nothing happened. So take your cursor and click on an area that you want to remain in color. The moment you release the right button on your mouse, all except the highlighted area will turn black and white. You will want to keep putting the mouse over the area, until all of it is highlighted. There will be a lot of tweaking which will be explained in the next step. This refining will take several minutes.
Step Four: Coloring Inside the Lines
Next to the drop down menu, you will see three important buttons. The first two, you will see are a brush with a (+) next to it and one with a (-) on it. These are very essential to tweaking. Click on the plus area when you want to continue to add color to the picture. If you have gotten areas that you don't want to be colored, then use the minus button, and spread over those areas. This will be the most time consuming part. By maximizing your image, this will be much easier.
Step Five: Changing Brush Sizes Help
The tweaking will be the most tedious part. By adjuting the diameter of the brush, it will be easier to make the object as perfect as possible. You will find this button next to the plus and minus brushes. You will probably want to start out with a larger brush, (I use twenty to start with). Then when you begin tweaking, use smaller (I usually use between 1 and 7 for refining the area). This will be a long game of going between the plus and minus, adjusting the brush size until it's perfect and to your liking.
Step Six Flatten The Image
This may not make sense unless you are familiar with Photoshop. When you start editing, the program will automatically make another layer to your picture. This means that everything you will do will be on its own separate layer. The background, which is the image you started with will always be there until you flatten your image. They do this, so that way if you do a lot of work, and you want to scratch it, it is an easy one step change. Or if you have several layers going, and you realize you want to scratch a previous layer without scratching what you just did, then you can delete that layer without affecting what you had just done. Once you become familiar with Photoshop this will make more sense.
The important thing to note, before flattening a layer is that once it has been done, you can not change it. If you want to undo anything you already did, you will have to get your original and start from scratch. So before you flatten the image, you need to make sure you are pleased with your work.
Once you have decided you are pleased with it, you will want to click on the top layer. A menu will appear. It should look like the one to the right. The darkened area is the layer that I had clicked on to make my project. It should help you locate it on your screen. On the menu "flatten image" will be the very bottom item on the pop-up menu. Click on it, and you are done!
Step Seven: Save! And Enjoy!!
Once you save your final project, you can sit back and enjoy your beautiful masterpiece. Show it off to all of your friends.
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