By John Linton
17 Feb 2011
Selective color is a post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color....
A common application for selective color is portraiture, to keep the eyes and sometimes the lips in color, against an otherwise black and white photograph. Small regions of color in an otherwise monochrome image immediately draw the viewer's eye.
Landscape photography is another common application for this technique. Colorful leaves in an otherwise drab scene can breathe life into a photo. Of course the technique can be applied to any genre, but portraits and landscapes are the usual beneficiaries. [wikipedia]
I've decided to fool around with selective color...Why?...I don't know...I guess I'm just looking for something different to do while the snow melts around here.
I use Picnik, free software editing from Google [http://www.picnik.com/app#/home/welcome]. Once you upload a pic to Picnik you click on the Create tab, then the Effects tab, then Black & White. Once you are there a click will turn the pic B & W, then an Effect Painting box should show up to the right of Black and White. Click on Original and move your cursor onto the pic. A circle should show up and when you use it to click on an area of the pic that area should begin to show the original colors. You can adjust the size of the circle by adjusting Brush Size in the Effect Painting box.
If you want to add a frame after you are done go up and click on Frames, to add text go up and click on Text (you can move the text anywhere on the pic and change the size or add color if you want.
You can find all my selective color photos here: