Sunday, February 28, 2010

How to Spot Color Using Gimp Free Photo Editing Software

Have you ever seen those really cool photos that are black and white with just a small amount of color? In this tutorial I will show you how to spot color photos using FREE photo editing software--Gimp.

Step 1:  Open two copies of your picture.  In one copy go to colors > desaturate.  Choose lightness, luminosity,or average based on what works best for your photo and hit "ok".

Step 2:  On the black and white photo, go to edit > copy, then minimize that picture as you will no longer need it.  Now on your colored go to edit > paste into.  Make sure you do "paste into" and not "paste".  Do NOT anchor your layer, just leave it after you paste it into your colored photo.

Step 3:  Zoom in close enough for you to be able to get a good eye on the edges of what you want colored.

Step 4:  Now use your eraser tool to erase out the black and white and bring back the color.  If you are unsure if you've missed a spot or not, let go of your mouse and you'll see an outline of what you have and have not erased.  I recommend doing this frequently anyway just in case you make a mistake you can "undo" it and not have to erase so much again.

Step 7:  When you are done erasing what you need to erase, anchor your layer and you're done!

That's it!  Erasing can get a bit tedious but it's well worth it to get a black and white photo with a little bit of spot color.

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Catharine @Bliss Photography said...

one of your best photos! Love the dress, love the color of the dress, and of course your model is fab! great job... try bumping the warmth just a tad for an extra kick!

Jamie H said...

Yeah, I didn't correct the white balance or adjust the colors at all. I was focused on just doing the spot color. Maybe I'll fix those and repost the pictures :)

Laura said...

I love her pose and her dress! Adorable photo : )

Mrs. HH said...

Jamie, I just found your blog and I love it! Already I have learned how to do 2 things I could not figure out on my own. Thank you so much for posting these great tutorials!

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