Sunday, 29 July 2012

How to make black and white photos with colour

Today, I have been messing around with some of the photos I took while in the West End of Glasgow. I want to share with you a super easy way to accomplish one of the common trends in photography at the moment. I'm sure you have seen plenty of photos floating around facebook or twitter that are mainly black and white, but have a hint of selected colour? This style is growing quite popular within wedding photos, and it is quite a nice effect. I have quickly edited one of my photos that i took in the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow today to show you how simple this is to DIY!

This effect can be achieved in Photoshop CS5 in 3 Easy Steps:

1- Duplicate photo/ background layer. This allows you to make mistakes and experiment, as layers can be discarded, and things can start over.

2- On the duplicate layer, go to Image> Adjustments> Desaturate.

3- Now select the History Brush tool. (Its the brush icon with the rounded arrow around it) and start to "rub away" the black and white layer to reveal the colour underneath! Remember that the size can be adjusted to suit the shapes, as can the hardness of the brush. 

Remember that this same concept can work with filters on the duplicate layer, and rubbing away to show the original image. The possibilities are endless, and, In my opinion, they look quite professional! I recommend using nature photos to start with, as the colour balances work very well, and can be quite striking, and working up to portraits or other subjects as you familiarise yourself with the photoshop controls. Bear in mind that this quick tutorial is based on the Photoshop CS5 version, but it is very similar in earlier versions, so you shouldn't have too much hassle if using another version.