Adding a selective splash of color to a black-and-white image leverages the most powerful features of both black-and-white and color photography. The color provides striking contrast that immediately draws your eye to the colorized subject — most often the main focal point of the photo. You instinctively scan the rest of the picture and pick up on the emphasized pattern and texture play against the color contrast, causing a truly enhanced viewing experience [sources: Design-Lib; Morton; Ghodke].
Go to the tool window, and select the ERASER tool. Modify the size of the eraser tool with the “scale” sliding toggle on the bottom of the toolbox window.
Hint: You can zoom in for a closer view by pressing Command + (Windows: Control +) on your keyboard. To zoom back out, press Command – (Windows: Control –).
The duplicated image on top of the original image: layer window open.
The duplicate black and white image will not be used again. Return to the original, color image. Click on the new layer in the layer window, and PASTE the black and white image into the new layer. Click on the small anchor icon to ANCHOR LAYER. The original image will now appear black and white.
Think about how many times you’ve flipped through a magazine and seen it: a black-and-white image spread across the page, with a bold splash of color highlighting part of the scene. Maybe it’s the blue eyes of a model, or the bright plumage of a bird as it wings across the page, but that simple break from the monochrome background draws your eye and captures your attention.
For such a complex effect, it’s an easy one to achieve with modern editing software. The specific process for the program you use may vary slightly, but the instructions on the next two pages will give you a big head start toward learning to add color accents to black-and-white photos.
To fine-tune the black and white adjustment, make sure the Black & White adjustment layer is selected in the Layers panel. Then click the Auto button in the Properties panel (Window > Properties). In the sample photo, this brightens areas that were yellow in the original photo and darkens areas of other colors, giving the black and white version more tonal contrast.
The layered black and white image. Note the background layer is still in color.
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Go to the color boxes at the bottom of the tools panel to set black as the color to paint with. First click the small default colors icon above the color boxes. Then click the double-pointed arrow icon to switch to black as the Foreground Color.
You can brush over more than one part of the photo, bringing in color wherever you like. Try lowering the Opacity of the brush in the Tool Options bar to get a tinted color look in some areas.
How to Make Photos Black And White With a Splash of Color: A GIMP Photo Tutorial
Erase the areas of the photo that will become colorized. As you move the eraser, you will see the color appear. Don’t fret if the eraser goes outside of the area: simply select “anti-erase” at the bottom of the toolbox and you will be able to return any stray lines to the black and white scheme.
Use your new fancy photo on Facebook, or in a digital scrapbook page. The result is very impressive, and gives an artistic edge to any photograph!
Converting a photo to black and white and bringing back creative splashes of color is a great way to add drama and focus to your photograph.
A new Black & White adjustment layer appears in the Layers panel, causing the photo on the layer below to change to black and white.
Learn how to convert a photo to black and white in Photoshop CC. Then bring color back to part of the photo for drama and focus.
Go to WINDOWS and select DOCKABLE DIALOGS. From the dockable dialogs tab, select LAYERS. A layers window will appear superimposed on your photo. Click the white folded paper icon in the lower left corner of the layer window to CREATE A NEW LAYER. The default setting of transparency is fine: click “OK” and a new layer will appear in the window layer.
You can change the size of the brush tip as you’re painting. Press the [ (left bracket) key on your keyboard to make the brush tip smaller. Press the ] (right bracket) key to make the brush tip larger.
The adjustment will be visible wherever the layer mask is white, but will be hidden from view wherever the layer mask is black, letting the original color show through there. In the next steps you’ll add black to the layer mask, bringing some color back into part of the image.
Return to the Original, Color Image; Layer the Black and White Image
Go to the IMAGE tab and select DUPLICATE. A duplicate of your photo will appear in a new window.
Brush over the parts of the photo where you want to bring back color. You’re not actually painting on the photo; youre painting with black on the adjustment layer mask, which hides the adjustment and lets the original color show through.
Optional: You can drag the individual color sliders to change the brightness of corresponding parts of the black and white photo. Try dragging the Yellows slider to the right to make the flowers and grass even brighter.
Click the Adjustments panel tab or choose Window > Adjustments to open the Adjustments panel. Then click the Black & White adjustment icon in the Adjustments panel.
In the Layers panel, make sure the white layer mask thumbnail on the Black & White adjustment layer is selected. The white border around that thumbnail tells you it’s selected.
A video tutorial is included at the end of the article to aid new GIMP users with finding the proper Layer window and editing tools.
If the area you are trying to colorize is a difficult shape, use the magnifying glass tool to zoom in on the area. This will help keep the colorization confined to a solitary object.
Click on the duplicate image. Go to the COLORS tab and select DESATURATE. There will be three options for desaturating the image: based on lightness, luminosity, or an average of both. Choose the method which creates the most appealing black-and-white image.
Select the Brush tool in the Tools panel. Open the Brush picker in the Tool Options bar and change the Size and Hardness of the brush tip. The values you choose depend on the photo. For the sample photo, try Size: 100 px and Hardness: 50%.
Any photo can be turned into a stunning piece of art by using selective colorization. By downloading the free GIMP photo editing software, anyone can convert a photo to black and white, then selectively colorize a desired section of the photo. All it takes is the use of layers and a careful application of the eraser tool!
The use of color accents in a black-and-white photograph is an old technique — older, in fact, than color photography. (Originally, the color was painted onto photographic prints.) The trick goes in and out of vogue with advertisers, but peruse any magazine rack long enough and you’re almost guaranteed to find at least one example. And although this special effect is most often found in professional photography, modern photo editing software puts it within easy reach of any interested amateur.
How to Create Black-and-White Photographs with Color Accents
Save the file (under the FILE tab). Select “Save As” and rename the file, so that the original image will not be replaced. GIMP will indicate you must export the image to save it: simply click OK and select the file quality to be 100%.
If you brush over an area you don’t want in color, switch from black paint to white paint by pressing the X key on your keyboard. Then brush over that area again. You’re actually painting with white on the layer mask, which makes the black and white adjustment visible again.
When the colorization process is complete, go to LAYER and select MERGE DOWN. This will bind the layers together.
But in an era when color photography can capture the most subtle shades nature throws at us, why does black-and-white photography still hold such sway? Part of the answer has to do with how we’re wired to process visual information. Color is a powerful force for driving our focus — the hunter-gatherer instincts that helped us spot animals hiding in the bush now draw us to pick out the color that doesn’t seem to belong in a scene. Take away the color from even a familiar image, however, and our minds are thrown for a perceptual loop. We may impose remembered hues on an object seen in black-and-white, but we’re also likely to become much more aware of the texture, patterns and shading in the image. These attributes would still be there in a color photo, but they take front-and-center in black-and-white.
The white rectangle on the Black & White adjustment layer in the Layers panel is a layer mask, which you can use to control where the black and white adjustment affects the photo.
Download and unzip the sample file, or use a color photo of your own. Click the Open button in Photoshop’s Start Screen or choose File > Open. Then navigate to the photo and click Open.