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Selective Coloring & Tonal Color Effects

5 Paint over all of the blue and red areas on the coat and hat with black.

This will hide these areas of the monochrome layer, thus revealing the colors on the background layer underneath.

We can adjust the size of the brush as we go with the square bracket keys on the keyboard.

Zoom into the image with the Zoom tool (Z) to ensure accuracy.

paint with accuracy

6 Accuracy is all-important here, so take the time to follow the edges of the colored sections very carefully.

If you accidentally paint over any other part of the image, simply swap your foreground/background colors and paint over it again with white instead of black.

Remember, when working on layer masks, black conceals and white reveals. Continue to paint over all of the red and blue sections.

Controlled masking areas

7 Only mask out the areas of this layer that cover the red and blue sections of the costume, leaving the white areas as they are.

8 As we paint, the black areas will appear on the associated layer mask. (above)
We can check the mask by holding down the Alt/Opt key and clicking the layer mask thumbnail. This enables the actual mask to be seen in isolation.

9 We can control how vividly the colors show through the mask.

Altering the color intensity with Image Adjustments then Levels

Working on the mask itself, go to Image > Adjustments > Levels.
By dragging the Black Point marker under the Output Levels bar to the right, the black tones within the layer mask are turned to gray.
Where black on a layer mask is completely transparent, gray tones are only semi-transparent, which makes the revealed colors in the image layer more subtle.

We can control just how subtle they are by adjusting the luminosity of the gray color on the layer mask.

using Photoshop for selective coloring

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Tim Shelbourne worked for 20 years as a traditional artist and illustrator before converting to digital image making. Tim specializes in digital fine art and photo-manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Corel Painter. (consistently producing stunning Photographic Effects; Watercolor Paintings, Oil Paintings, special texture effects, and unique assemblages.) His tutorials are published regularly in Total Digital Photography magazine. (Back to top of article)


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