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Selective Colour

This selective colour photograph of a leaper we photographed in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania must have taken about a minute to do.

This selective colour photograph of a leaper we photographed in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania must have taken about a minute to do.

Here’s a quick and easy photo tip: How to create a selective colour image in Adobe Lightroom.

Hate them or love them – there’s no middle ground – but if you love them, this is a really easy way to do it:

1. In the Develop Module of Lightroom, right click the image.

2. Select: Create Virtual Copy.

3. Check that you have selected the Virtual Copy and then go to the Brush Tool (top right, just under the Histogram).

Select the Adjustment Brush in Adobe Lightroom.

Select the Adjustment Brush in Adobe Lightroom.

4. Zero out all the sliders (Double-click the word: Effect).

5. Drag the Saturation Slider all the way to -100.

6. Paint over the whole image (increase brush size to make this easier). The entire image should now be black and white.

7. Select: Erase (on the right, under the slider panes)

The Erase Brush in Lightroom is on the right under the sliders.

The Erase Brush in Lightroom is on the right under the sliders.

8. Reduce the size of the brush, hold down the space bar and click where you want to work (this will zoom into the picture)

9. Release the space bar and paint out the B&W, revealing the original colour.

10. Enjoy!

This selective colour photograph of a leopard we photographed in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania must have taken about a minute to do.

This selective colour photograph of a leopard we photographed in Ruaha National Park in Tanzania must have taken about a minute to do.

Roger de la Harpe

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