STEP BY STEP HOW TO MAKE COLOURS POP

Se­lec­tively re­move colour from your pic­tures in Photoshop El­e­ments

Photo Plus - - Canon Skills -

01 DESATURATE YOUR IMAGE

Open your image into Photoshop El­e­ments and head over to the Lay­ers panel (Win­dow>lay­ers). Now click on the Cre­ate new ad­just­ment layer icon and choose Hue/sat­u­ra­tion. In the panel that ap­pears set the Sat­u­ra­tion slider to -100 to drain all of the colour.

02 SET UP YOUR BRUSH TOOL

We’ll be us­ing the Brush Tool to paint colour back into the image, so click it in the Tool­box to make it ac­tive. In the Tool Op­tions set the Opac­ity to 70%, then click on Brush Set­tings and set the Hard­ness to 80%. Now re­size your brush with the [ and ] keys.

03 WORK ONTO THE LAYER MASK

Click on the Layer Mask of your Hue/sat­u­ra­tion Layer to make it ac­tive, then hit D fol­lowed by X to make your brush black. Zoom in by press­ing Ctrl+plus a few times and then paint over your sub­ject to bring back the vi­brant colour.

04 USE THE RUBYLITH OVER­LAY

Press the \ key to ac­ti­vate the rubylith over­lay which shows up any ar­eas you’ve painted on your layer mask as a bright red colour, mak­ing it eas­ier to see if you’ve missed, or over­painted, any ar­eas. Tog­gle it on or off by press­ing the \ key re­peat­edly.

05 PAINT BACK WITH WHITE TO HIDE

If you ac­ci­den­tally paint over an area that you didn’t want to colour pop just hit X on the key­board for a white fore­ground colour and brush over that area to desaturate it again. When done hit X once more for a white fore­ground colour to con­tinue work­ing.

06 BOOST CON­TRAST

To give your shot one fi­nal dra­matic boost we’re go­ing to in­crease the con­trast. Head back over to the Lev­els panel and click on the Cre­ate new ad­just­ment layer icon, then choose Lev­els from the list. In the Lev­els panel drag in­wards the Blacks and Whites slid­ers.

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