Using Colour to Emphasise Your Photos in Photoshop Elements

This is a simple technique for focusing attention using colour with photoshop elements. I’m using Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 but earlier versions of elements should work just as well.

Step 1

Start off by opening your photo in the editor.

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Step 2

Go to the Layer menu at the top of the editor, choose Layer via copy to duplicate the background Layer (or press control-J)

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Step 3

Your screen should look like this.

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Step 4

Click on the brush tool icon, or just press B.

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Step 5

Choose a medium sized soft edged brush from the brush picker in the options bar. Then change the mode pop-up menu to colour (also in the options bar). Now you need to set your foreground colour to black by pressing the letter D.

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Step 6

Now start painting over the photo. The colour will be removed as you paint, just leave the part(s) of the photo that you want to emphasis. If you make a mistake by accidently painting over the wrong area, then just press E  for the erasure tool and paint over the mistake to reveal the colour again.

If you need to change the size of the brush, perhaps to make it smaller to get round the fiddly bits, then press the down arrow on the pixel size box in the options bar, and choose a lower number.

step 6

Here’s the before and after images

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after

 

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  1. Emaar Kasbati December 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Super duper awesome:) Expecting more such tutorials…

    • Hona March 15, 2012 at 3:10 am

      hello armand,thank you very much for this ctliare. It helped me tremendously in narrowing down the model type as well as giving me a broad perspective into the world of dslr.am a begginner and a student..and i wont be able to change my camera once i buy it for another atleast 3yrs(if the need arises so, which i ll probably like to avoid )i need a camera which can be used in all terrains and weathers..in short which is an all-rounder..light on the wallet too..plz suggest me which to buy and why with possible all details between nikon 3100 vs canon 1100D vs Canon 600d i know a lot of ppl hav asked the same question and u hav answered them as well ..but cud u take some time out and come out with the best possible answer in order to convince me to buy which one which ll be highly appreciated somethin and cheap on price but best also in all technical terms and wer i wudnt be asked to keep on buyin new lenses now n then..(tell me a lense which can be used for wide angle and loong zooming purposes also)..i hop u understand wat my requirements are..sorry for the trouble..plz do help me in this..God BlessTJ

    • Tony December 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks for your comment Emaar, hope I can do some more to your liking!

      • Emaar Kasbati December 30, 2011 at 4:26 pm

        Well certainly your tuts are worthwhile to be liked 🙂

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