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Selective Coloring in Photography

Have y'all heard of selective coloring in photography? It is when you make a photo black and white and then selectively color certain parts back in from the original shot.

The first photo here is my original shot that I took in Chattanooga last week. The building and sidewalk are grey with the handle thing (I can't remember what it's called) red. There are some other little colors like the blue lock.

Here, I turned the photo black and white.

Photo by Angel Sharum (me)

I do like it in black and white like this, but I wanted to play with selective coloring and I thought this was a good photograph to use the technique on.

As you can see from the below photo, I only did the valve thingy in red. I left all the rest of the photo black and white. I didn't worry with the lock or anything else. This photo isn't much different from the original, but it is a little. I like it. What about y'all?

Photo by Angel Sharum (me)

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allen0187 wrote on August 20, 2014, 7:47 PM

Selective coloring just doesn't work in this photo. Perhaps in a different subject it will. Although, selective coloring is an interesting way to make photos look different.

AngelSharum wrote on August 20, 2014, 8:00 PM

Yeah, there isn't enough difference from the original. Now, if I only posted the black and white and then the selective coloring one it would be different maybe.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on August 20, 2014, 8:32 PM

I wish I could do that but I guess you need some apps for that. I like the way you present your pictures love them.

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2014, 8:40 PM

I am undecided about the images. Each one suggests a different focal point to me, but this time around the black-and-white doesn't grab me.

AngelSharum wrote on August 20, 2014, 8:41 PM

Yeah, I did the selective coloring in Photoshop Elements 11.

AngelSharum wrote on August 20, 2014, 8:42 PM

It's probably the subject that just isn't grabbing you.

bestwriter wrote on August 20, 2014, 9:28 PM

I would have preferred a different photo. Something more lively? It is great that we can play with colours. :)

LynnWrites wrote on August 20, 2014, 10:20 PM

I love doing this with some of my photos. It can really make an area stand out if you want it to. Nice job. It would have been neat to color the reflection too, a lighter red maybe. I'm not sure if that can be done or how though. I use Photoshop CS4 haven't tried the Elements yet.

AngelSharum wrote on August 20, 2014, 11:12 PM

I don't know if it is possible either. I might try one day. I haven't done this technique much.

LynnWrites wrote on August 20, 2014, 11:19 PM

I'm just exploring the editing area again for the first time in years. I've had to do a lot of searching to figure out the things I want to do. I think you did an awesome job!

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 20, 2014, 11:43 PM

I learned something new today. I hadn't really heard of selective coloring. It is an interesting photo above.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on August 21, 2014, 12:07 AM

it's not a free apps, is it? hehe

AngelSharum wrote on August 21, 2014, 12:26 AM

No, my son bought it for me last year. I think it's 70 something on Amazon now.

AngelSharum wrote on August 21, 2014, 12:27 AM

Thank you very much. I love the Perfect Effects 8 software. They have a free download of it.

AngelSharum wrote on August 21, 2014, 12:27 AM

Thank you. I can't remember where I heard about it from but it is neat.

paperdaisyflower7 wrote on August 21, 2014, 3:48 AM

wow 70 dollars would be about 3000-3500 pesos uhmm hehe too much

Ellis wrote on August 21, 2014, 5:31 PM

I agree with allen0187 the wall was already grey to start with...maybe isolating a flower surrounded by foliage would have demonstrated the technique better...but I like the subject matter anyway in this pic...very industrial...

AngelSharum wrote on August 22, 2014, 12:34 PM

Yeah, I will try something different soon.

bridgetidelaney wrote on August 22, 2014, 12:45 PM

All of the photos are nice, but the black and white one is my favorite.

BarbRad wrote on August 22, 2014, 4:41 PM

I've never used selective coloring. Not sure how within my program. It's interesting.

AngelSharum wrote on August 22, 2014, 10:13 PM

I'm not sure what all programs can do it.

nbaquero wrote on August 29, 2014, 11:20 AM

& AngelSharum interesting, it this the same as Popping a Color (From Photoshop Online Editor Lingo) or can you select the color you want to apply? I don't know much about phtography but I think is a good tool to highlight certain parts of a picture.

AngelSharum wrote on August 29, 2014, 7:49 PM

With this particular technique, I am actually uncovering the original color photo in certain areas.

PriscillaKing wrote on September 2, 2014, 10:27 AM

I can't remember ever *liking* a photo with selective coloring.

AngelSharum wrote on September 2, 2014, 3:28 PM

LOL it isn't something I've seen much of.