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B&W with colors??
I recently saw some pictures where the photographer took what looked like B&W photos, but the subjects were wearing blue denim farmer jeans that remained blue...I have also seen this effect used alot with children and once with a little girl with a red hat...rest of the photo remained monochromatic..

I was able to reproduce this in photoshop, but was wondering if this can be done in the camera? Does this require a filter? My reproduction took a lot of time since I had to mask off the area and a bunch of other stuff with multiple layering..

Any quick tips or ideas on how to produce this without a ton of work would be appreciated...

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Can't you do it w/ a saturation layer (zero'd) and then paint black what you want to expose from the background? doesn't seem like it would take that much work...

Comment #1

Yeah I think basically that's how it's done. There was a little tutorial posted in the forums, might have been the Canon 400d forums. I tried it once and it wasn't too hard. I did it in CS3 (trial version) and basically desaturate (or whatever other B&W methods you wanna use), then I selected a region that I wanted to restore color to with the lasso tool and used the history brush in the region and the history brush paints back the color. I need to see the corresponding tools in PS Elements as I don't think it has a history brush. But I did read that you could make one of the tools a history brush pretty easily.

The longest step is the selection..

You could also do it with layers as well, but it would be the same steps, you'd just create a layer once you made the selection..

Howard Moftich wrote:.

Can't you do it w/ a saturation layer (zero'd) and then paint blackwhat you want to expose from the background? doesn't seem like itwould take that much work..

Just trying to learn.

Blog: http://novicephotog.blogspot.com/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9778447@N07/..

Comment #2

Thanks...I have CS2, but would be the same process. I will give that a shot...

Comment #3

So, besides PS, there is not a way to do this with any settings in the camera?.

Just curious...??..

Comment #4

Huskypup wrote:.

So, besides PS, there is not a way to do this with any settings inthe camera?.

Just curious...??.

No, at this time, the camera does not know what you want in B&W and what you want in color..

However, after you receive your mandatory implant, cameras will be able to tell what's on your mind. And that will be good for all of us..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #5

Huskypup wrote:.

I recently saw some pictures where the photographer took what lookedlike B&W photos, but the subjects were wearing blue denim farmerjeans that remained blue...I have also seen this effect used alotwith children and once with a little girl with a red hat...rest ofthe photo remained monochromatic..

I was able to reproduce this in photoshop, but was wondering if thiscan be done in the camera? Does this require a filter? Myreproduction took a lot of time since I had to mask off the area anda bunch of other stuff with multiple layering..

Any quick tips or ideas on how to produce this without a ton of workwould be appreciated..

It does not take much time. Just create an Channel Mixer adjustment layer in CS2 to create the B&W. Then click on the layer mask, and use the brush tool on the mask to "paint" back the color underneath the adjustment layer. It takes about 5 minutes..

P.S. If you are not using a soft brush, make sure you apply a gaussian blur to the mask, otherwise it will look funny...

Comment #6

Thanks.....

BTW...I was looking forward to receiving my implant so the camera would know what I want...then I wont need help or instructions....

LOL.

Thanks for the morning laugh!..

Comment #7

Some camera's can do this. My Canon A640 and A530 have the option to set the color you wish, the camera will then make the rest of the photo monochrome. I have no idea if my SLR has this feature, I never looked for it..

Here's a tutorial about selective color in Gimp. I would imagine the technique is similar in all photo editors with layers.http://www.gimpguru.org/Tutorials/SelectiveColorization/..

Comment #8

The Canon S3IS and SD1000 both have this feature.Respectfully,Mike SneddonMattoon, IL USA..

Comment #9

I have the Canon SD700IS and the Canon Sd870IS...Both cameras have a feature whereby one color can be selected to be shown with the rest of the photo in b&w.......I may be wrong, but I don't believe this feature allows color to be shown on just a specific subject..

Bruce.

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Comment #10

Nice work. I believe if you want to choose the parts of the photograph you wish to be in color and they are different colors you have to do it in post-processing, not in the camera...

Comment #11

The effects shown in both the link provided in an earlier post and the pictures posted are what I was looking for..

Thank you all for your help....

I am still trying to get used to really "using" a camera...I mean...before I got this camera I used a point and shoot digital and did a lot of stuff in photoshop..

I was out today after a recent snowfall and was trying to capture a waterfall...I couldnt seem to get the shutter to slow down enough to get that nice white effect without losing color and white balance...problem I think was the position of the sun, and I only had one position to shoot from. When I changed settings the picutures lost white balance and got very grainy. Any tips for shooting in less than perfect lighting conditions? I would like to revisit this waterfall earlier in the day when the sun will not be at my 2 o'clock position..

Thanks again....

Jeff.

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