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Selective Colour

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This evening I’ve been playing about with a new technique: selective colour. The image below is a proof of concept, I wanted to get one online and see what it looks like before I embark on proper composition. Have a looksee below.

I really like it, it’s an easy effect to overdo but I think in this form it’s subtle enough to work. The technique is as follows.

Open the image in photoshop and right away copy the background layer twice. Go to the topmost layer and use the channels dialogue to convert to black and white.
Next, add a layer mask to the black and white layer, select the paint tool, zoom right into the image and “paint” black on the areas of the image that you want to see through. The black never appears, instead you reveal the image on the layer below which is still in colour. I zoomed in to 500% and used a soft brush on the edges.

Once the coin is revealed you can play about further with levels, curves and exposure settings, or simply flatten the image and save.


Written by James

January 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

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