User Tools

Site Tools


This page exists within the Old ArtZone Wiki section of this site. Read the information presented on the linked page to better understand the significance of this fact.

Create Professional Colored Monochrome Images

Author: thedanman

Tools Needed

  • Any paint program supporting layers and transparencies (Shown using Ulead Photoimpact)

Introduction

One of the simplest tricks of photographers to create visually stunning images is to throw a picture into grayscale and leaving certain objects in color. This simple trick can save you hours of needless masking, let alone hundreds of dollars in masking plugins - producing amazing professional grade images in a mere matter of minutes!

400-00f12.jpg

Step 1 - Duplicating Your Image

400-00f22.jpg

Start with any image, whether it be photographic or rendered. This main image is of my sister-in-law.

400-00f32.jpg

Use your paint program to create a grayscale copy of the original colored image.

400-00f42.jpg

Step 2 - Superimposing

400-00f52.jpg

Super impose the grayscale copy of the original on top of the original colored picture. Do not merge these two layers together and make sure that the grayscale photo is on top.

Step 3 - Configuring Your Eraser

400-00f62.jpg

Instead of masking, we'll be erasing the grayscale layer just enough to allow the colored layer to show through. This requires you to configure your eraser tool to have no transparency, and a nice large-valued soft edge. This will blend your two layers together when you begin erasing.

400-00f72.jpg

Once you have configured your eraser brush, start erasing the portions of the picture that you would like to color.

Step 4 - Final Image

400-00f12.jpg

This image was created in under 5 minutes using this simple yet effective technique. Go ahead and give it a try!