Photographer's Note

This is the second installation in my series of photoshopped black and whites. I'm playing with the use of black and white with a touch of colour.

This frog was in a tree in my back yard. I took about 20 photos of it. I really liked the greens, but the frog kind of blended into the scenery too much. Making the photo black and white brings out the wonderful green of the frog.

I don't know if this effect has an official name though. If you know what this technique is called, please let me know ... Ok, so, how did I do it?

Easy!

Step 1: open the photo in photoshop.
Step 2: create a new layer that's a copy of the original layer.
Step 3: make the new layer black and white (shift+ctl+u is the hot key method)
Step 4: use any method you prefer to "cut out" the part of the picture you want to be colour. i use a combination of the magnetic lasso, pen tool and magic wand tool.
Step 5: zoom in to an extreme magnification to clean up the small spots.
Step 6: profit.

Basically, you're cutting holes in the black and white photo to let the colour photo come through. very simple.

I've done a few of these now, just to practice the effect and find out how it works and what looks good. I'll upload a few more because I intend to make it into a theme!

Critiques are definitely welcome!

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