You are currently logged in as

Skip to content


Click Click! 034: Photoshop CS4 – Create color accents in a black and white photo.

Every Wednesday of the week, I’ll share with you my moments of Photography in this Blog: “Click Click!”

-Just a simple guy with a camera

"Whatever catches the eye" F9.0 | 1/50s | ISO 400

This week I bring you a simple tutorial in Photoshop CS4 on how to create color accents on certain objects in a black and white photo (Just like the above photo).

Difficulty: Darn, easy.
Time: 5 minutes for more errors

Tutorial right after the break -> boom!

The beginning!

  1. Create a new adjustment layer (hue/saturation)
  2. Use magic and turn the photo into black and white by moving the saturation level to the extreme left (-100).
  3. Select that same adjustment layer, duh.
  4. Use crayola (or brush in PS) with the color black selected, and paint right over your photo. Voila the rose becomes RED. Yes.
  5. Did you color too much and over the edge. Well fear not, select the color white and use it to erase your clumsy hands.
  6. That’s it, what else do you want?

Photoshop CS4 Shortcut keys:

  • X – Inverse palette
  • [ = Smaller brush size
  • ] = Larger brush size

If you have any questions or tips or like this article, please email me at rkwan@abccubed.com. Happy Clicking!

Posted in Click Click!. Tagged with .

  • rkwan

    Don’t know how the shading is applied. But essentially it is a black and white layer, when using black you’re just coloring the (original color) back into the those areas. =).

  • anon

    I always wondered how they did this. What about the shading and stuff? Is that all handled by PS?