The Daily Focal Point

November 2, 2008

Photoshop Tutorial

Filed under: Photoshop Layers, Photoshop Tutorials, Week Three — cabenelson @ 11:59 pm

I’ve wanted to walk through a Photoshop tutorial since I started this website 3 weeks ago. I finally found a good picture to run a tutorial on and frankly some time to detail it all out. I love Photoshop and it’s one of those tools where you can get into some pretty advanced stuff. For me, I keep it straight forward and simple.

For this tutorial, I’m going to walk you through how to combine a color photograph with a black and white photograph. Have you ever seen a black and white picture with color splashes and wonder how do they do that? Well here it is… *WARNING* I’m going to say this right now. I’m not a Photoshop Guru… There might be easier/faster ways of doing some of this stuff in Photoshop. But this is the way I do it and it gets the job done… ALRIGHT! LET’S DO THIS!

Step Number One: One of the harder things to do in this combination is identifying a photo that would be good in this process. You’ll need to find one that looks good in black and white as it is but has a colorful subject you want to emphasize. Excuse the Ginormous sizes to these but I want you to be able to see exactly what functions I’m using in Photoshop.

Open your photo in Photoshop (duh..)
Step 1 copy

Adjust your photo however you want (brightness/contrast, variations, levels etc.) Point is to get your photo as best looking as you can before you really start tweaking with it with multiple layers.
Step 2

Each time I focus on multiple layers and I try to explain it I start drooling and my eyes glaze over. But this is super simple. Just click on Layer>New>Layer via Copy. All this did is duplicate your photo and lay the new copy right on top of your old copy.
Step 3

For the next step, click on Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation. All Hue and Saturation allows you to do is adjust either the TYPE of color (from red to blue) or the amount of color. This is where we’re going to make the new duplicate layer black and white.
step 4

Adjust the Saturation down to -100% What this will do is take your new duplicate layer and remove 100% of the color making it Black and White. (REMEMBER! You still have the original color photo underneath!) Step 5

Once this is done you’ll be looking at a black and white version of your photo. Since you still have the color version underneath your freshly new black and white version, all you need to do from here is erase the new layer, exposing the color layer underneath! To do this click on the ERASER tool- Step 6

Make sure your brush is solid and not feathered. The name of the game from here is a steady hand and a sharp eye. The last thing you want to do here is erase a part of the black and white version of your photo, exposing color in a spot where you don’t want it. Do as much as you can in a general way. Step 7

And then zoom in nice and tight to those pesky edges, adjust your brush size and make sure you have that steady hand! If you mess up, no big deal, just hit undo all you’re back at where you started.
Step 8

Zoom out and make sure you’ve got clean lines. Continue to erase any other parts of the photo you want to “pop” out with color.
Then… BOO YA!
Finished Product

You got yerself one dang artistic photograph.

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