How to single out one color in a picture

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Drizzt, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. Drizzt macrumors member


    Feb 18, 2006
    Hey, I have seen those pictures of eople's weddings where they just single out one color in the picture to show (usually red) and the rest of the picture is in black and white. What application would I use (Aperture, Photoshop, ...) and how would I do it? Thanks
  2. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey
    You can do this many applications in a huge variety of ways. The best way for me to do it is in Photoshop with masks. Basically make a mask of the image you want to work with, desaturate it (remove all colors, making it black and white), then edit out the detail you want to be in color with the black paintbrush.

    If that's too complicated, you can always duplicate your main layer and erase the contents of the layer you want in color after converting it to grayscale.

    I hope that helps... if you need assistance, IM me on AIM: p0intblank32
  3. snap58 macrumors 6502


    Jan 29, 2006
    somewhere in kansas
    Some PS digital cameras will do this, Canons allow you to select a color while the rest remain BW.
  4. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
    You can also use selective color and the hue/saturation options to knock out all of the colors except the one you want. If it pops up in a couple spots, then just make a new duplicate layer, de-saturate the bottom layer, and cut out the spots on the top one that contain unwanted remaining color.

    Also play with the blending and opacity of the spots still left in color. Sometimes a full color of something looks somewhat odd against a stark black and white shot.
  5. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005

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