4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 5:42 AM by 99jon RSS

    how to desaturize and add color splash in elements 11

    taylorman

      desaturize and add color splash in elements 11

        • 1. Re: how to desaturize and add color splash in elements 11
          Barbara B. CommunityMVP

          I'm not sure what you mean. Do you want to turn the photo black and white and keep one object in color, or turn it black and white with one color in it?

          • 2. Re: how to desaturize and add color splash in elements 11
            taylorman Community Member

            I want to turn a photo to black and white....and just single out a certain object to remain in color. I used to do it in elements 7 I believe. Now with elements 11,  I can't seem to do it any more.

            • 3. Re: how to desaturize and add color splash in elements 11
              Barbara B. CommunityMVP

              It's even easier, actually. Get out the Smart Brush, the one with the gears on it, pick a black and white conversion style from the tool options, turn on the Inverse checkbox, and drag over the object you want to keep in color. The rest of your photo turns black and white, leaving only the selected object in the original colors.

              • 4. Re: how to desaturize and add color splash in elements 11
                99jon CommunityMVP

                 

                You can also do it manually.

                You need 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 as mentioned by Barbara but it does involve making selections which can be more tricky than using the ordinary brush.