Spot the colour
Learn to isolate and preserve specific colours in a mono conversion
One way to draw the eye to a specific subject in a photo is to preserve that object’s colour information while converting the rest of the photo to monochrome. This spotcolour effect is considered by some to be a bit tacky, but for others it’s a popular creative processing technique that’s fun to indulge in. For example, you can’t wander through London without seeing spot-colour postcards that feature iconic red buses or pillar boxes against a black-and-white backdrop.
In this creative walkthrough we’ll use the HSL panel to target and tweak different colour strength (Saturation) and brightness (Luminance) values to selectively desaturate all the colours in our starting image except for the boy’s yellow raincoat. This fast slider-based technique saves you the time and hassle of having to paint colour back in.
You can’t wander through London without seeing spot-colour postcards that feature iconic red buses or pillar boxes against a black-and-white backdrop