Hello and a pleasant morning to all of us. Today we are going to take a glimpse at creating this simple color filtered photo. This is a very simple and fundamental trick in Photoshop. Therefore, for those pros on Photoshop out there, you might want to check if you have something of the sort like this on your list. For those people out there who are not accustomed with Photoshop yet, or have never used the software before, do not worry because this trick is just so easy to do. All you have to do is seat back, relax and enjoy the show.
Before anything else, I would like to inform you that there are actually numerous ways on how you can filter out a single color on Photoshop. This trick I am about to show you is probably one of the fastest and easiest way without distorting the quality of your image [because we are primarily just dealing with selections]. First up, we launch our software— Adobe Photoshop. Just a small trivia, did you know that Adobe Company has released a portable version of their software? I personally have just downloaded this light version of Photoshop on the net for free.
Next, we are going to open a photo from My Documents. Preferably, when choosing an image to use, select something that already has a single color standing out; and thus, I will use this photo as an example. Now, we go to Select Menu and click on Color Range. When another window pops up, we should select the color we want to stand out over the rest, using the Eyedropper tool. As we can see, with just a single click, a selection had occurred on this window. The white portions that we see are the selected areas of your photo, and the rest are not.
Of course, we are going to be expanding the selection we made because a single click will not be enough. Now, by simultaneously pressing the Shift button and dragging on the rest of the image, we will witness how our selection is beginning to take form. We just need to drag the mouse over the rest of the color we are trying to single out. Do not worry if you accidentally select over the wrong hue, you can always undo your selection by merely pressing Ctrl + Z. Also, if it selects unnecessary portions of the image, do not fret for we will be able to fix that later.
When we are done with the dragging, we can click Okay. Now, we are going to inverse the selection we made using the Polygonal Lasso Tool— or any Lasso Tool would do— by right clicking on the image and clicking Select Inverse. After that, we move over to the Desaturation of the image. We double click Adjustments and click on Vibrance. Now, if you are using an older version of Photoshop, you are opted to go to Image Menu, drop down Adjustments and you would see the Desaturate option. Going back, we open Vibrance section, and we will see these two scales: Vibrance and Saturation.
Now, I want you to drag the Saturation bar all the way to the left side of the scale. As for Vibrance, we should drag its scale all the way to the right. You would see right now that the color we chose a while ago is becoming noticeable. After that, we would be fixing the excess colors we have selected a while ago. So, making sure the Layer Mask— this second box is always the Layer Mask, by the way— of the Vibrance 1 layer is selected, we are going to grab the Brush Tool and cover up the excess colors.
You should keep in mind that your Foreground color should be White. The next step is just optional, if you would like to create an aesthetic appeal to your image. We would Duplicate our image by pressing Ctrl + J and select the Duplicate layer. Next, we should click this drop down arrow and we will see a variety of Blending modes for our layer. I would like to select Soft Light. When we are done with the polishing, it should look like this (show sample).
Now, if you would encounter a situation where you would need to edit a photo using the technique I just taught you, just remember the acronym SCDIV. S for Select Menu, C for Color Range, D for Drag, I for Select Inverse, and V for Vibrance. Do not worry if you do not get it the first time you try this trick. Just keep on trying and eventually, you will achieve your desired goal. Also, do not limit yourself with the technique I taught you, for, just like what I have mentioned earlier, there are a variety of ways you can come up of. Thank you and have a nice day.