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Lisa Aliperti
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
 

How to desaturate then paint back selective color


 
  Painting Toenails
Painting Toenails
A required activity of the slumber party girl gang.
1/4 sec, F5.6, ISO 200, 34mm, cropped and desaturated in Photoshop elements with nail polish painted back.

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Several months ago I was given the technique for desaturating a color image then painting back selective parts of the photo. My example is bringing back only the toenail polish in this photo. I cannot remember how I did this or find my notes.
Can anyone help?? Thank you.


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5/13/2006 6:18:31 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  An easy way is to put a desaturated copy on top of the colour copy and then just erase the toenails in the top layer. You'll see the colour start to come out. When done, flatten image and save.

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5/13/2006 6:53:36 PM

 
Lisa Aliperti
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
  Damian,
Thanks for the quick response. Can you step by step tell me how to do this? I'm new to Photoshop Elements.
Lisa


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5/13/2006 7:07:34 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Okay...

Step one original image...


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5/13/2006 7:37:50 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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  Wildflowers
Wildflowers
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like this one...


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5/13/2006 7:38:31 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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  DS1
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Step two desaturate and save as 2nd copy...


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5/13/2006 7:44:39 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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  DS2
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Now open 1st and 2nd copy..


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5/13/2006 7:47:50 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Now, go to the desaturated copy...

Use the Select all command, then the copy command, and go to the colour copy and paste....


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5/13/2006 7:50:01 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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  DS3
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Now use the eraser and start erasing where you want the colour to come back in...


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5/13/2006 7:52:31 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Do this until you're done. Flatten your layers and save the finished product under a new name (this keeps your original file and gives you something to go back to if you don't like the results).

With a little practice, you'll be well on your way to some stunning results.

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5/13/2006 7:55:02 PM

 
Lisa Aliperti
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
  Damian, I don't know you but you are wonderful! Thanks a billion and one...


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5/13/2006 8:55:46 PM

 
Jyan L. Crayton
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  Hi Damian. How do you flatten the layers? what do you go under? I've been tryimg to learn this technique for a long time, and all the feed back I get obviously I;m doing something wrong, because I can't seem to get this colorizing right.

When I erase my image the white checker boxes stay after I save image.

Thanks


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5/14/2006 7:15:32 PM

 
Lisa Aliperti
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
 
 
 
Damian,
Mastered it! Thanks. Here is one of my examples.
Lisa


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5/14/2006 9:37:31 PM

 
Lisa Aliperti
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
 
 
 
One Bleeding Heart


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5/14/2006 9:40:59 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Very nice! Fun isn't it?


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5/15/2006 5:37:54 AM

 
Lisa Aliperti
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
  It is fun Damian. I just couldn't find my notes when I did it before. Now I'm going to build a hot fudge sundae and paint back only the cherry on top. :)
Thanks again.


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5/15/2006 6:08:38 AM

 
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