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Selective color editing is a lot of fun and something that I’ve really started to enjoy when done correctly. Sometimes I feel like selective color can be a bit annoying, or distracting, but when done in moderation or in a way that brings something to the table it can be a really great addition to a photograph.
Today we’re going to look at exactly how I created the selective color edits in A Touch of Fall, a photo I recently published here on the site, which was very well received on Facebook. I’m using Adobe Lightroom 4 for my basic edits and Photoshop to create the final layered composite although any program that allows you to layer images should do the trick just fine.
The best kind of scene to photograph is one which has a prominent and vibrant color. The color should be part of the main focal point of the image and also be something that holds the veiwers attention. In my first selective color photograph Double Yellow, I used the double yellow line on the road as my color option and the remainder of the image is in black and white.
For this tutorial I’m using the image at the top of this post, A Touch of Fall, and as you can see I used the orange leaves on the trees and the ground below them as the focus color, but both of these images were processed in the same manner. So how did I process them?
I know there are other ways to achieve this kind of edit, but this is how I stumbled upon selective color editing and I hope that you’re interested in trying it out for yourself.
For those that prefer to watch instead of read I made a Youtube video of this entire process.