As you can see, we now have a completely desaturated image. Our next step is to make this look like a decent black and white image before moving on to add some color back in.
Ok, so we now have a decent Black and White image to work with, now we're going to start painting back in some of the color. Go ahead and click on the Adjustment Brush icon on the tool bar at the top left. The Adjustment Brush is located between the Red Eye Reduction tool and the Graduated Filter tool.
Before you start painting the image there are a few things we need to do first. Go ahead and ZERO out all of the sliders, you can do this by double clicking on each slider, this will set the value back to Zero.
Don't worry if you make a mistake and paint an area that you didn't mean to, it's a very easy fix in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) as ACR is much more forgiving than CS4 is for this type of work. If you do make a mistake, simply hold down the ALT Key on a PC or the CMD Key on a Mac and paint back over the area you want to fix. (you'll notice that the brush changes from Add to Erase).
** Here's a quick tip for you guys, if you want to see what areas you have painted over with the adjustment brush, click on the Show Mask box directly below the brush panel.
As you can see, I have over painted in a few areas so I'll hold down ALT on PC (CMD on MAC) and paint back over the areas I don't want to add color to.
There, that looks pretty good. Now, if you click on the Show Mask box again, it will remove the mask and reveal the area you have painted over (this works for any adjustments you want to make, it doesn't have to be for just saturation).
Looks pretty good now but if I want to adjust anything, all I have to do is move the sliders for any of the values either right or left and it will effect only the area in which I painted over with the Adjustment Brush. So if I decide that +100 for Saturation is too much, I can move the slider over to say +30 and see how that looks now.
Having the ability to change any adjustment you've made using the adjustment brush is huge. That's what makes this method of Selective Coloring much easier to use and believe me it's a lot more forgiving too when compared to using layers in CS4. Another really nice feature is that all of the different adjustments you make are all represented as pins on the image, so if you go back several times to make serveral different adjustments, all you have to do is click on the appropriate pin and adjust the sliders from there.
Here's the final image below, I added in a bit of exposure , clarity and sharpness to the car we painted in , I thought it made the car stand out a bit more. I also adjusted the saturation down to 75 from 100 on the adjustment brush we used. I felt it made the image a bit more realistic looking.
That pretty much sums it up. Thank you again for visiting my blog, I hope you found that helpful. If you would like to see more of my work you can head on over to http://www.rorymadstudios.com/ .