How to Create a Selective Coloring Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a selective coloring effect easily in just a few simple steps.
selective coloring
You’ll need:
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3+ (I used CS5)
Step 1
Open the image you want to use. I will be using this stock photo.

 selective coloring original
Now, use a selection tool to select the main subject of your image. Here, I will use the Pen Tool to select the Easter eggs.

 selective coloring pen tool
Step 2
Now, we will invert the selection by going to Select > Inverse.

 selective coloring invert
Step 3
Finally, we will add a Black & White Adjustment Layer. Click on the New Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

 selective coloring new adjustment layer
Select Black & White from the list.

 selective coloring black white
If you wish, you can further customize the adjustment layer through the Adjustments panel.

 selective coloring black white adjustment
And we’re done!
 selective coloring


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