Christie E. Kleinert 10/9/2001 11:39:21 PM

I've only been taking photos with an SLR since last did you get this amazing shot with b&w and the color. Truly incredible images! #1118

Trine Sirnes 10/23/2001 7:15:08 AM

Thank you Christie! I used Photoshop, selected those parts I wanted in b&w and desaturated them.

;-)Trine #2075

Piper Lehman 11/27/2001 9:25:56 PM

This is fantabulous, Trine. I'll have to try your technique in PS. I haven't been successful with layers so far, and when I try to simply pinpoint a section to change, it always LOOKS like I've done just that--with lines around the section. Any advice? #3180

Trine Sirnes 11/28/2001 5:03:52 AM

Hi Piper!
Thank you for your nice comment.

Here's a couple of ways to change just a selection:

Without using layers: select the area you want to change, either by "magic wand" or "lasso tool". When you got your selection, go to Select-> feather and choose an amount here. The feather tool "washes out" the transition area between your selected area and the rest of the photo, so you don't get that obvious differense between the different selections. The more feather you choose, the more "floating" you will get the effect. As for large photos I usually use an amount to about 35, but you just have to try it out on your photo, and see what gives the best result.

Whith layers: If you have a, let's say a portrait on a background you want to change, you will often have a sharp silouette where the face meets the background. Using a big feather here for i.e blurring the background, will cause bluring of the lines of the face too. To prevent this, choose the whole face, or the whole background and go to Layer->New->Layer via copy. Then you will get your chosen selection as a new layer, and can change this as you want, without this having any effect on the rest of the photo. Then, when your done with your changes, you can use layer->matting->defringe to make the transition a bit smother, but just with a small amount.

It's not easy giving absolute advice, because this is learned by trying. Most of my explaination is for me done different each time, and most of it is being combined. As using layers also often make me use the feather tool before I use layer via copy, to smothen the transition area. But as I said, it all depends on the photo, and how you want the final result.

I hope this helped a bit(it's not easy for a norwegian to explain everything in an understandable way in english;-)

If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.

;-)Trine #3198

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Nikon Coolpix 880, Partly desaturated in PS

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