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JIll Welch Photography/How to Create a Black and White Picture and Leave a Little Color in Photoshop/Columbus GA Photographer/Thunder on the Hooch Pictures

July 5, 2011

Please join Jill Welch Photography at the Weddings of Georgia Bridal Show at the Columbus Trade Works and Convention Center in historic downtown Columbus, GA on Sunday, July 10 from 12:30-4:30 pm

Thunder on the Hooch (that’s fireworks on the Chattahooche River in Columbus GA, to those of you who are not from around here) was a premium photo op.  Unfortunately, I arrived near dark and didn’t have my best telephoto lense.  I still managed to snap a few cuties, and today we will discover how to change a color image to black and white and emphasize a focal point in the picture by leaving it in color.

Be sure and check out the rest of the pictures from Thunder on the Hooch below the tutorial.  And see our previous post on how to deepen the color in a less than perky picture, brighten whites, and intensify midtones and darks.

Please subscribe!  All subscribers in July with be eligible to win a Starbucks gift card.   And be sure to check out previous posts, listed at left,  on awesome wedding planning tips by leaders in the Columbus industry.

The first picture is the full color version of a patient little boy waiting for the fireworks show to begin.  Originally there was a lot of grain in the image caused by shooting in low light conditions without a flash ( I  forgot that too.) I compensated by raising the ISO level on the camera.  Sometimes you just have to do this to get the shot, and there is software available to smooth the grain out of the image a bit.

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Now I will show you how to make the photo look like this:

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(1)  Open the image and save as a tiff, even if you originally shot in jpeg.  Tiffs do not lose quality while they are edited as jpegs do.

(2)  Make an adjustment layer by striking control/j.  Your layers palette must be opened for you to see the new layer.  Open the layers pallet by choosing windows>layers.

(3)  Next choose image>adjustment>black and white.  This is the spot where you will move all of the sliders around until you like the way the photo looks.  Be sure to adjust the red slider to tweak skin tones.

(4)  Maneuver to the adjustment layer, shown in the layers palette at right, and make a mask by selecting the circle within the square at the bottom of the page.  It is directly to the right of the fx symbol.  You will see a rectangle appear in the adjustment layer.   With your cursor, select this rectangle.

(5)  Maneuver to your tools pallet to the left of your screen and choose the paint brush.  If tools are not showing, go to windows>tools and they will appear.  Choose the paintbrush, and black as your paint color.

(6)  Carefully and slowly paint over the area you wish to make the original color.  Zoom in to make sure you do a neat job.

(7)  When you are satisfied with the results, choose layer>flatten image and save as a level 10 jpeg or do not flatten image and save as a tiff if you think you may want to return to the image and work on it some more.

More sweet little faces, and a shot of the traffic jam downtown that paralyzed cars for about an hour after the fireworks ended.

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