Lightroom: How To Do Selective Coloring

Selective coloring a photo allows photographers to emphasize certain parts of a photo and make backgrounds even more diminished. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom provides users with all the tools needed to do these effects, and it makes it extremely easy even for those that a new to the program.

Step 1: Experimenting with Color

When a user selectively changes color, it can bring out certain objects while causing others to either become obscured or at least not as prominent. For example, if a photographer wants leave only one object in color, he can change the rest of the background to black and white. 

The photographer can also experiment with color to match the background with a part of the subject. For example, if a photo is taken of a woman is wearing a blue blazer, the background can be changed to blue and white to blend in with what the woman is wearing.

Lightroom users can also inverse the pattern and change the foreground image to emphasize the background. However a photographer decides to manipulate the pictures, he should make sure that the photo melds well after. Luckily, photographers will be working the Develop module, which means that pictures can be manipulated without affecting the original.

But, photographers still may want to save a copy of an original picture in case some glitch does occur.

Step 2: How to Do Selective Coloring in Lightroom

To change the color of a portion of a photograph or image, follow the below procedures to turn a section of a picture black and white:

  1. Open up Lightroom, and then open the image that will be manipulated.
  2. Go into the Develop module.
  3. Then, go to the HSL/Color/Grayscale panel.
  4. Click on the HSL tab, and go to Saturation.
  5. For other colors, users should experiment with the sliders until they find the correct colors.
  6. It is located on the upper left-hand side of the panel.
  7. Drag it around the area until the whole section is selected.

Now, the area should be the selected saturation. If the entire area that needed to be colored wasn't covered the first time, users can fix that problem by following the below steps:

  1. Select the Saturation Adjustment Brush Again.
  2. Change the Amount Slider until it's at -100 again.
  3. Check the Auto Mask if it's not already checked.
  4. Using the brush, go over the missing areas until the entire area is completed covered.

When users survey the image again, everything should now be covered. If not, they can just repeat the above steps until they get everything right.

If photographers are satisfied with the changes, they should make the changes permanent and save their image.