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Removing Color

Nov 22, 2012 9:41 AM

I remeber at one time I was able to convert a color image into black & white by reassing Control, Shift, U.  Then there was another command that would allow be to add teh original colors back in where I wanted them, giving me a color and black & white image.  I just cannot remeber how I did the second step.  Does anyone know?

  • 99jon
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    Nov 22, 2012 9:52 AM   in reply to TR6speed


    You need The best way is to duplicate your color photo.


    1. Open your color photo in PSE10 Full Edit (A raw photo will open in camera raw to click the open image button too send it to the PSE interface)

    2. On the Top menu click Layer >>Duplicate Layer >>OK

    3. On the top menu click Enhance >>Convert to Black & White >>OK

    4. If you can’t see the layers pallet to the right click Window >>Layers

    5. At the bottom of the layers pallet click add layer mask (the icon with a small circle)

    6. Make sure your foreground color is set to black then select the brush tool

    7. Click the mouse over the area where you wish to reveal color and use like an eraser to reveal the background below

    8. To correct errors switch the foreground color to white, then switch back to black and continue

    9. Save as PSD to preserve your layers and if you wish make a jpeg copy from the PSD file using File >> Save As


    N.B. if your brush is too big or too small you can use the square bracket keys to adjust the size up or down.


    The smart brush tool has black & white options but it does involve making selections which can be more tricky than using the ordinary brush.

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