Los Angeles & California Stock Photography

Friday, February 11, 2011

Colorize B/W photos for imact!

This is a simple process that is very effective, a black and white image with a splash of color....

This is a very popular technique that is widely used by professional photographers to “wow” their clients. In your photo editing software, I use Photoshop and there are many others, Photoshop Elements, Black Magic for windows (shareware) or other software that offers adjustment layers.  I make an additional layer so there is no damage to the original.
If the RGB values of an image are desaturated (color removed) the values of each are the same or nearly the same for each color, resulting in a neutral gray. 

Some other methods of creating a grayscale image from a color image include:
  • Convert to LAB mode and extract only the Luminance channel for your black & white. The result is pretty much like grayscale mode.
  • Extract one of the RGB or CMYK channels, using one or combining a couple of channels to get the effect you want.
  • Instead of removing all the color evenly with desaturation, use the Hue/Saturation controls to desaturate each channel individually for custom effects.
  • Create a monotone (with a color other than black) or a duotone for a not-quite color, not-quite black and white effect. 
This creates an image that draws interest and stops the viewer long enough to draw attention to you property. Having a caption along with your contact info leads to increased exposure....

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