selective coloring

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a selective coloring effect easily in just a few simple steps.

selective coloring

You’ll need:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS3+ (I used CS5)

Step 1

Open the image you want to use. I will be using this stock photo.

 selective coloring original

Now, use a selection tool to select the main subject of your image. Here, I will use the Pen Tool to select the Easter eggs.

 selective coloring pen tool

Step 2

Now, we will invert the selection by going to Select > Inverse.

 selective coloring invert

Step 3

Finally, we will add a Black & White Adjustment Layer. Click on the New Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette.

 selective coloring new adjustment layer

Select Black & White from the list.

 selective coloring black white

If you wish, you can further customize the adjustment layer through the Adjustments panel.

 selective coloring black white adjustment

And we’re done!

 selective coloring