Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to perform selective coloring, de-colorizing rest of the picture using PSE ?

It is indeed simple with PSE 8. PSE 8 provides a smart brush preset Reverse -black and White that do it in just one step. There are several ways in which you can achieve this result. However this one explained below is the easiest and least time consuming.

1. Open an image you want to edit.
2. Select Smart brush tool  from the toolbar on the left.
3. From the combo box in top bar - select Reverse -black and White.

4. Now just drag the brush over the area you want it to remain colored. As you drag, you would see that rest of the image becomes black and white and the only part you selected remains colored.

 Here is what you see in the Layers palette after making the selection.

Here are my Initial and final images :


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I was feeling like a complete and total dolt trying to figure this out and turns out it's easy-peasy once someone tells you how to properly do it!

  2. Thank you so much! I have been struggling with this concept as part of a workshop all day! They were trying to tell us to do the way you would do it in the full version of photoshop & I only have elements. Thanks so much for all your help. The only thing you didn't say was that you have to merge the layers together afterwards, but I figured it out.

  3. Perfect...every other tutorial I found on-line was crap...this worked perfectly the first time! Thanks

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