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It's great to see the resurgence of black-and-white photography. But, color still reigns supreme in many photographer's hearts. Wouldn't it be great to have both? There's a way to accomplish this. Follow the steps from this week's Tip of the Week tutorial to apply the principal to your own photos.
The first step is to make a duplicate of the background layer and select the area to remain in color. To accomplish this, drag the Background Layer to the Create A New Layer icon. The copy will appear above the Background Layer.
On the COPY layer, carefully select the part you want to remain in color. To choose the barn in the accompanying photo, I used the Quick Selection tool. Options include the Lasso, Color Range, or Pen tool. To smooth out the rough edge of the selection, click on the REFINE EDGE button in the Options Bar along the top of the Photoshop workspace. Be sure one of the Selection Tools is active in order to see the Refine Edge command. Feather the selection to 1 pixel.
Inverse the selection so everything EXCEPT the barn is now active. The marching ants will appear around the perimeter of the photo.
Add a B&W Adjustment layer. Click on the Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the layers palette and drag the mouse to the Black and White layer option.
A new layer will appear at the top of the stack with a mask that hides the B&W effect from the barn.
A Properties window with color sliders will appear. Adjust them to achieve the B&W effect you desire. Move a given color slider to the left to darken the color that relates to the original color capture. Conversely, move it to the right to lighten it. For instance, to darken the sky, move the BLUE and CYAN sliders to the left.
The masked color subject often dominates the scene so it's good to know how to tweak its saturation.
To accomplish this, add a HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer and reduce the Saturation intensity. If parts of the B&W adjustment also shift, paint them away on the layer mask that's provided with the HUE/SATURATION adjustment layer – see the accompanying mask where I painted away the effect on the foreground sagebrush.
This is the final rendition with the saturation reduced on the barn. While this step is not always necessary, it's nice to know you have the ability to tweak it.