View Full Version : How to Create A Black & White Photo with spots of color

03-18-2009, 09:45 PM
This is my first tutorial! so bear with me and ask questions if you dont understand a certain step or whatever...

anyways, this is a simple trick to take a photo like This


and turn it into something like This


Ok so here we go:

1.Open your image of choice up in photoshop

2.Go to the bar at the top and select Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation

3.Click OK and you should see a screen like this: http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv145/bufffan09/Picture18.png

4. Drag the saturation all the way to the left and click ok.

5. Make sure your color palette is set with black first and white second, like this: http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv145/bufffan09/Picture19.png

6.Now use the paintbrush tool to paint over your black and white image. The segments of the picture you paint will return to color. Here's a halfway point of this picture: http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv145/bufffan09/Picture16.png

and here's the final result again: http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv145/bufffan09/Picture17.png

I used a size 17 brush for this pic but you can use whatever you want to get the right amount of detail

good luck and let me know what you think

03-30-2009, 03:16 PM

nyuk nyuk
08-24-2014, 02:25 PM
Cool. I saw Sin City the other night and that's how the movie was done. Mostly reds stood out in stark color against the black and white backdrop of the movie. A few yellows later on.