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Melissa Papaj
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/28/2005
    I know this is probably a stupid question, but I am relatively new to photography, and I am wondering how you add color to the black and white photo? I would appreciate it so much if you could help me. Thanks.

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4/7/2005 8:44:32 AM

Amber Belveny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/5/2005

Hey there, Melissa ... that's a good question - and before I knew, I wondered that myself. I scanned the colored photo into Photoshop. I then made a path around all of the flowers. When I made the path active, I inversed the selection ... this selects everything in the image but the flowers. I then went to image and turned the saturation all the way down to no color, which left it black and white ... but the flowers remained the original color. Hope that helps. Feel free to ask me anything else.

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4/8/2005 8:44:24 AM

Dorothy E. Reed
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2003

Morning girls. Beautiful photo Amber.I love using selective coloring with wedding photos.
here's a couple more ways to do it that you may find helpful too.

One is to add a new layer,turn down the saturation, then use your eraser tool to bring color back into those areas

The other is to use your history brush.
Crop and rotate your image.

Click on your history tab on the right side of your screen. At the bottom, click on the little camera icon to creat a snapshot.

Now make sure that snapshot is highlighted in the top of that window.
It should be blue.
Click on the square to make sure the paintbrush is active on that snapshot.

Now, in your tools pallet, choose the history tool. (The brush with the arrow around it on the left side)Go over the areas you want color brought back in.

Adjust the opacity of the brush for different effects.

Hope that helps.


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4/11/2005 5:00:13 AM

Maya Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/5/2005

I am still figuring out how to do it in Paint Shop Pro...Everyone seems to use photoshop.. any ideas in paint shop pro?

very nicely done on yours!!

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4/11/2005 5:40:35 AM


In photoshop, the easiest way that I have found is to make a duplicate layer of your original color layer. Desaturate this new layer to turn it black & white (or sepia - actions palate). Then take your eraser tool and erase the parts that you want to be color. This will allow the original color layer to show through.


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4/11/2005 6:06:24 AM

Amber Belveny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/5/2005

thank you all for your advice... seems i've been doing in the hard way =) i'm so used to using paths from a former job, that it just seemed natural. I will definitely use your ways... seems much more simple =) thanks again.

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4/11/2005 6:12:44 AM

tiffany cozart  

great job! im just starting to use my photoshop, and it is so over whelming so thanks for sharing the advice!

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4/11/2005 8:31:07 AM

Michelle R. Kovach
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2004

Congratulations on being featured in the Digital Darkroom Newsletter! :)
Seems we both had a picture in there.

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4/11/2005 6:06:40 PM

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