#2 – ARCHIVE MARCH 2008: Selective Colouring



I’ve been asked a number of times how I created this image, so I thought it was about time to explain.

It’s quite easy really – here’s the steps I took in Photoshop CS2.

1) Open the image. This started off as a full colour image.

2) Duplicate the layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer)

3) In the new layer, I selected the door, using the magnetic lasso tool.

4) I then feathered the edge by a radius of ‘1’. (Select > Feather)

5) I then inverted the selection (Select > Inverse) This results in everything except the door being selected.

6) Delete the selection. This should remove everything on the duplicate layer, apart from the door.

7) I then converted the background layer to black and white, by going to Channel Mixer (Image > Adjustments > Channel Mixer), and clicking on the monochrome button at the bottom.

8) I then adjusted the contrast of the black and white layer, and the saturation of the door layer to give it a little more oomph.

9) Save the image as a PSD file so that you can go back and tinker.

10) To save the image as a jpeg, you will need to flatten the layers (Layer > Flatten image). Then do a ‘Save As’. DO NOT save it as your original file name, as this will overwrite the file, unless it was a Raw file of some description.

That’s it. I’m sure there are easier and more effective ways, but I’m self taught in Photoshop, so this is the way I’ve come up with.

Selective colouring should be used, well selectively. Only certain images suit it, and it’s something I use very infrequently, but it can really give an image some impact!

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