Color Splash Tutorial
Ever go onto a photo-hosting website and see those photos that are black & white but with the baby booties that are in color? I think that is what they call Color Splash photos.
And I figured out how to do it.
No..no…you don’t have to pat me on the back. No applause is needed. I do accept gifts though.
Specifically items such as monogrammed napkins…or photography lenses…and I will take cash.
So while you are thinking about what fabulousness you want to gift me (gosh I just had a Neicy Nash moment!)…I will review with you how I conquered Color Splash. First – I used Photoshop CS4…so if you only have Photoshop Elements…this is not the educational instructions for you. Maybe if I have time, I’ll do that one day…but for now…tough cookies & keep brainstorming about my pressie.
First select your photo. I chose this one of my nephew Braden. Isn’t he just a doll?
Nothing fancy about the photo. It was straight-out-of-the-camera. So I opened it in CS4.
Now this is kinda optional…I really wanted his little eyes to pop…so I did the step of “bringing out the eyes”. This is a photoshop action curtesy of The Pioneer Woman. You can go to her blog & download them for free.
After applying the action, I just zoomed in on Braden’s baby hazels and colored in the eye.
Bam. lighter eyes.
I had to bring the opacity down a bit so that my favorite 7 year old didn’t look like he had swallowed a glowstick.
Pretty Braden. oh. Wait. I mean HANDSOME. Handsome Braden. Handsome is for boys. Pretty is for girls. Boxers for boys. Panties for girls. Jeremy always corrects me on that. Apparently, boyfriends don’t like it when you say, “I folded your panties.” I mean, seriously. It’s like I cut something off.
So now, I wanted to be sure that the colors on Braden’s shirt & his new glowing eyes & his sweet pink cheeks would really pop when I change the background to B&W so I applied the Boost action.
Now here is where the action takes place. You are going to apply an adjustment layer called “Black & White”. Just go ahead and select that from your menu.
The whole photo will become black & white. But don’t fret.
On the left hand side – in your tool bar, you are gonna select your paint brush tool. And then go to the bottom where it has the white box over the black box. Switch em so that black is on top. Now paint your photo wherever you want color to appear.
I even zoom in and get my edges done really well. Sometimes that means adjusting your brush to a finer sharper point.
If you make a mistake and color outside of the lines – just switch your black&white boxes back and color in with white.
Now I have Bray-bray in color but those bushes are totally grayscale and so is the bench.
But I am not done. You can be done. But for this photo, I wanted him to look a little warmer. So I applied the ‘warmer’ action and got a nice sepia tone effect.
Plus it gave the kid a bit of a tan. And photoshop tans don’t hurt. or require sunscreen.
Lastly I did a little sharpening…with the “SHARPEN THIS” action. All I did was paint all over my nephew…skipping the rest…so that he would look a little more defined.
So there you have it. One Color Splashed nephew o mine.
Wanna see em side by side? Ok. But don’t stop thinking about my present.
I even had a lot of fun Color Splashing other photos I had in my files.
This bowl of fruit looks pretty scrumptious with a black & white background.
And you’ve seen this photo of Lilley with a gray backdrop.
And doesn’t this vase of hydrangeas’ pop when it only has vivid color?
So there you have it. Now what’s my gift? Seriously. And if you say David Bromstad in honor of Color Splash….well, he’s just not my type…and I’m definitely not his. I have an idea…if you have a favorite color splashed photo…email it to me at [email protected] – that will be the best gift you could give. Have a happy (& colorful) weekend!