4Tp : B&W Colour Photograph!

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Hi folks,
As you all know, I’m not a professional photographer/designer or photoshop expert! But I do have great interest in photo editing and graphic designing! And I love to experiment πŸ˜‰ I learned photoshop on my own, and I think..
..If I can do it, anyone can do it πŸ™‚
Okay! Now let me come to the point. Some of my blog buddies has expressed their interest to me, in learning photo editing using photoshop!! Even though I’m not that good with words, I’ll try my best to help my buddies out, by letting them know everything I know about photoshop(Tips, Tricks & Tutorials). So from today on every Tuesday/Thursday(hopefully), I’ll be posting some edited photos, with tutorials, explaining how to do it in photoshop.

So I would like to name it as ‘Tuesday-Tips-Tricks & Tutorials-on Photoshop’ in short ‘4Tp’ πŸ˜‰ 4Tp-copy ..Kinda kiddish.. hehehe!! πŸ˜‰

Today’s Topic is: Β Black & White~Colour photograph!!!!!4tp-monkey

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to Β convert a colour photo, into a black and white photo with splashes of color. This is a great technique for anyone who wants to add dynamic color effects and emphasize various features of a photograph.

Software used: Photoshop CS2 (Features used: layers & Eraser tool)

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Open up a color image of a flower in Photoshop, preferably one where all the Petals/features are exposed.

2. Goto Layer > Duplicate Layer… and when the pop-up appears, name the duplicate layer “Black White”.

3. Goto Image > Adjustments > De-saturate (or press CTRL+SHIFT+U). The “Black White” duplicate layer should turn black and white.

4. With the “Black White” layer active, select the Eraser tool. Select an appropriate brush size. Then zoom in and begin erasing the areas of the photo where you want the color to appear. Β (Try appropriate hardness for your brush tip ~ from the brush drop down menu on the top bar)

5. Continue to erase any other aspects of the photo until you have the final result that you are looking for.

6. Let your creativity run wild, Sky is the limit πŸ˜‰ Keep experimenting on different subjects!!

In this tutorial, I erased the open mouth and teeth from the “Black White” layer and the result is a black and white photo of a monkey with a blood red open mouth.

Example 2: lot I’m using Photoshop CS2. If you like my 4Tp idea, please let me know! If you have any suggestions, please let me know! If you know a better way of doing the same thing, do let me know, as I’m still learning new things everyday! If you want to know about a particular tutorial/effect do let me know. I’ll do my best to dig it out and put it in here, in 4Tp!! I’ve also added a category for 4Tp, so you can look back to this post/future tutorials with much ease! πŸ˜€

Please don’t forget to come back & leave a link(in the comment box) to your edited photo post. So that other folks visiting this post can enjoy your creative work too πŸ˜‰

Awaiting your valuable critics πŸ˜€


  1. colleen

    Hooray! Can’t wait for more. Love the second….just beautiful.

  2. kcjewel

    makes me want to photoshop!

  3. kateri

    I can’t see the first photo, but the second one is spectacular. Wish I had photo shop….

  4. Henry G L

    You r such big motivating machine dude, thanks for the tutorials.

    On behalf of all your blog buddys………..a big THANK YOU Nik.

  5. thecrazysheeplady

    Wow – this will be fun! Thanks for always being so helpful :-). It matters.

  6. Holly

    perfect timing as usual. I LOVE this idea. PS and PSE are so powerful I sometimes don’t know where to start when playing with it!

  7. Far Side of Fifty Photos

    This is great! I am going to give this a whirl..I Love the step by step stuff ..you are a way cool dude for doing this! I for one really appreciate it..I will see what I can do πŸ™‚

  8. Ed

    This is too cool I may give it a shot..:-)))

  9. Deadly Dudes

    Are you being too humble??? This guy is full of creativity..!! Everyone should appreciate his time.. while all of us tell that we dont have time to spare, he finds time for us.
    Thanks Dude.. You makes us proud!!
    Deadly Dudes!!

  10. Beyond Bluestockings

    Nivin, this is a wonderful act of sharing! πŸ™‚

    May I request anything? I’d like to know how you created the effect of movement behind a stationary bike. I’m sorry I can’t remember when or where I saw your pic, but I remember it was a motor bike that was perfectly focused, stationary, and had a blurred background suggesting movement. I’d love to know how you did it πŸ™‚

  11. threecollie

    Nice photos and thanks for the advice.

  12. June

    THANK YOU!!!!
    You have given me a *toehold* on this stuff!
    How you could teach yourself is beyond me….just beyond me!

  13. Shirley

    What a great idea, Niven! It’s like having a friend teach, much better than just following computer instructions. Love the flower; looks like a lotus blossom.

  14. Ebie

    Hi Nivin, I have CS2 but too lazy to learn. Thanks for this tip. I have not done this editing effects yet. I love your 4tp, keep it going! My daughter is giving me lessons one at a time, only if I ask.

    Thanks again.

  15. Jan in Washington USA

    I have PSElements 6 for Mac… and will see see how it works with that, as a lot is the same.. I think.

  16. Laughing Orca Ranch

    Hey this reminds me of the header photo I created, using Picnik.

    The technique and steps to create it are similar, but are much simpler using Picnik. There are no layers. Just choose a photo, click on black and white, then use the brush to ‘paint’ over the areas you want to bring color back into to. And you can choose any color, or the original color of the photo.

    Thanks to Colleen for giving me a membership and making me aware of this awesome software. It seems so muc simpler to use than Photoshop for those of us who are computer and tehnology challenged (like me. lol!)
    It’s great that you offering helpful tutorials for photoshop, though. I bet a lot of people will benefit! πŸ™‚



    i use to work in photoshops.. bt i dnt hav much knwledge abt the options in it…. last week i gt photoshop cs5. some tools is added in it and 3d working tools are also there….if u wish u can try out it… 2gb of ram is minimum requirment for its smooth working


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