I love Photoshop! It’s truly an amazing program and I find myself using it often – cropping pictures, removing red-eye, touching up photos, enhancing colors, etc. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, however, especially when I begin to dabble in some of the greater complexities of the software. I’m currently using Photoshop Elements 5. I have a wonderful PSE book by Scott Kelby in my Amazon Wish List.
Maybe it will find its way here in time for Mother’s Day!! Hint, hint.
Until then, I find tips online, read blogs, and google with the best of them in order to answer my Photoshop questions. One fun thing I’ve discovered is a SUPER easy way to convert a photo to black and white and then add back in a portion of it in color.
Awesome new Bible.
Here are the steps to converting a picture to black and white and then painting back in a color.
1. Open picture file
2. Duplicate background layer
3. Go to Adjust color>Hue-saturation
4. Drag saturation slider all the way to the left
5. Use eraser tool where you wish to retain color.
Much more interesting picture in black and white, cropped a bit.
Doesn’t the Bible just pop!
Super Easy!! A simple google search will yield other methods (even video tutorials) as well as quite a bit of discussion on the best way to achieve beautiful looking black and white photos. This one was simple, quick and produced the results I was seeking.
If you have a Photoshop technique, website or book to share, please leave me a comment!! I’m eager to learn more. After all, I have to do something while I avoid cleaning the garage.