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Selective Desaturation

If you're new to Photoshop, here's a short video tip to selective desaturate a photo.

Selective Desaturation

I tried to keep it short and simple. Below is a quick summary on the technique:

1.) Create a new Black & White adjustment layer (Windows > Adjustments > Black & White)

2.) Use the Brush Tool (B) and paint black on the White Mask of the new Black & White adjustment layer

3.) If you want to view only the Mask, press and hold down Option (Alt) then click on the Mask

4.) If you make a mistake painting outside of the desire area, switch the paint from black to white

I hope this helps!
II, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro...
Posted: 09/07/2012, 06:59:47 AM
It's a great tip about how to desaturate non-destructively.
But usually it's better to upload original photos on the site, and let the manipulations for designers, who know exactly what they want to highlight on the photo. Sometimes I have noticed that I have had no idea how my photo could be used.
If you manipulate your photo by yourself, you have to do a really good job, or your might decrease the number of your potential buyers. Another idea could be to upload both versions of photo - original and manipulated, so designers can have more choices.
But your tip is great, if you want to produce the final product.
Canon 550D, Tamron AF 18-270mm, Canon 50mm, Wacom Intuos4 M, Adobe CS6
Posted: 09/12/2012, 13:46:53 PM
thanks will see the video from home keep your tips coming
Posted: 10/26/2012, 04:44:41 AM
Johnnydao: did you use Selective Desaturation on this photo ? ID: 27563200

Because that is exactly the look i am looking for to use on mypeople shoots. I want all of the color but everything other than the subject to be much less intense in color. I can get much of it with lighting but just not good enough. THANKS FOR THE TUTORIAL !
Canon T2i and 5D classic, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS...
Edited: 03/01/2013, 11:47:11 AM
@mudplucker The only thing I did on that photo in Photoshop was using a orange filter. I might of use the screen blend mode and lower the opacity around 20-30%. As far as lighting, I use a 24x34 softbox and a 27 octobox. Hope this helps.
II, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro...
Posted: 03/01/2013, 12:31:36 PM
Thanks for taking the extra time with providing me info. I've got the 3 softboxes and 2 remote flash units with controllers, and get an "octobox" effect of diffusion if i can figure out exactly how to do it in my small room. Make more people shots, your photos and lighting are top notch !
Canon T2i and 5D classic, 85mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS...
Posted: 03/04/2013, 21:26:27 PM
Thanks for sharing Johnnydao
f2.8 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Nikkor 50mm f1.8 - Tamron 90mm f2....
Posted: 03/06/2013, 02:19:09 AM