Paint Shop Pro Tutorial: Selective Coloring

In this Paint Shop Pro tutorial, we will discuss how to use simple tools to do selective coloring of your image, effectively leaving parts of your photo black and white while the rest is in full color.

Step 1 - Set Up Your Photo

Choose the photo that you want to use. Think now about exactly what elements in the picture you want to be black and white, and what elements you want to be in color. This effect works best when the majority of the picture is black and white, as it really makes the color pieces jump out, but you can choose anything you want for each.

In the meantime, go to the Layers drop down menu and select Promote Background Layer. This will rasterize your background, making it able to be manipulated in the ways necessary for the rest of the tutorial.

Step 2 - Copy Your Background

You will actually be working from a rasterized copy of your original background. To get this copy, simply go up to the Layers drop down menu again, and select Duplicate. A second, identical layer will be created. By default, this second layer is called "Copy of Raster 1," though you can change the title to anything you like.

Step 3 - Make Your Copy Black And White

You will need to make your duplicate layer black and white. There are a couple ways of doing this, such as going to Effects, then Photo Effects, and choosing Black And White Film.

However, for more control, you can also go to the Adjust drop down menu and select Hue, Saturation and Lightness. This will bring up a dialogue box where you can control all three of these elements. For a black and white photo, you can simply shift the Saturation slider all the way down, or enter a numerical value of -100 for your saturation.

On a side note, if you want to adjust only a particular color (as opposed to coloring a specific object), here is where you'd do it. To leave only the reds in your photo, you can select each of the other colors from the Hue/Saturation/Lightness Edit drop down menu and lower the saturation of all of those, leaving only the reds in the picture.

Step 4 - Select Or Erase

From an entirely black and white photo, you have two ways of coloring the elements you want to be colored. One is to pick your favorite selection tool and go through selecting all of these elements. For the best results, before selecting make sure that your feathering is set to 2 and smoothing is set to 3, as this will keep your selections from appearing pixelated and computerized. With a selection made, click the delete key and it will erase that section of the image. Now, you will be able to see the colored picture underneath wherever you choose.

The other method is to use the eraser tool and erase away the top layer, revealing the colored layer below. If you do this, and you erase too much or change your mind about coloring an element, you can go over the erased area again by clicking the right mouse button instead of the left, and it will restore the original picture wherever the eraser passes.

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