good morning! i have had several people over the last couple of weeks ask how i make the backgrounds of my photos black and white but myself/my clothes color, so i'm going to do a quick tutorial in lieu of an outfit post (i'm very boring today, blue v-neck, blue skinny pants, yellow heels - i'll do better tomorrow.)
i do all my work on a mac. i don't think this really matters, but just putting it out there. i import everything into iphoto, pick which photo i'll use (i take about 6 on a self-timer in the closet every morning) and drag it into photoshop. as far as i know, photoshop is absolutely key for coloring photos this way - if someone knows a way to do it without, let me know and i'll post that, too.
so. i have my photo. i drag it into photoshop to open it there. if need be, you can adjust the auto levels or whatever you want to do to it. then go into the "image" menu, go to adjustments, and select "desaturate."
using the "history brush" tool (circled in red in the image above,) you can then essentially "paint back" the colors. it's as easy as that! if you just want your shoes to pop, you can just paint them back, etc etc. the most important thing with this is to have a little patience with it, to blow up the picture a bit so that you can be careful to get the edges cleanly; otherwise you'll look like you're glowing.
that's it! really a pretty quick and easy process. i didn't finish the photo above, but i think you get the picture. (pun?)
class AGAIN tonight, a make up, and then again tomorrow. . . i am already waiting longingly for the weekend, and a little bit of relaxing.
***EDIT! special thanks to Lou!, who left this in the comments as a way to do this without photoshop:
"I thought I'd chime in with my own way of recoloring photos. I use Picasa 3 which you can download from the Google site.
1) Open the photo for editing
2) Click the Effects tab in the panel on the left
3) Select "Focal Black and White"
4) Then adjust the sliders until you've got the size and sharpness you want
5) Position the cursor on the parts you want illuminated
6) Click Apply and Save as normal
It probably doesn't work as good as Photoshop but it's an alternative."