Bringing out a color image on a black and white background

I’m sure you’ve seen the stunning adverts with a car or a model in a brightly colored dress are set against a black and white background. This effect is surprisingly easy to create, but do make sure there is enough contrast between the color of the object you wish to highlight and the surrounding scenery.

Start by opening the photo in Photoshop by going to File > Open
Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.02.39 PMNow go to the bottom right and click on the circle that is divided diagonally:

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.02.57 PMA drop down menu will appear, and scroll through it to select “Black and White”. A new layer will appear above your image layer:

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Along side your photo you will also see a series of color sliders:

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If you wish to, you can move these sliders to enhance the balance between the different shades of grey in what will become the background. In the case of the photo below, I boosted the yellows to give a moodier feel to the clouds:

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Make sure the top square of the two intersecting squares  on the tool bar is black:

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Then select a brush from the side menu, and then click on the brush icon at the top to get a large, soft, brush to reveal the larger areas:

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Now paint out the area where you want to reveal the underlying color. If you need to enlarge the photo so you can be more precise, click ‘command’ and ‘+’ at the same time:

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.03.45 PMIf you make a mistake, click ‘control’ and ‘z’ to undo the last thing you did. As you work, increase or decrease the size of the brush so you can get into all the small places:

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 12.03.53 PMWhen you have finished, these two layers have to be made into one. Go to the top and select Layer > Flatten image:

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Now save the photo for future use.