Color Part of a Black and White Photo using Photoshop CC

You have most likely seen photos that are displayed in black and white with only one part of it seen in color. This is very easy to do using Photoshop CC. There are many ways to achieve this effect. One easy method is to use the History Brush Tool. Try it!

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop CC.
  2. Open a photo of your choice.
  3. Create a duplicate of the photo. From the Image menu, click DUPLICATE. Click OK.
  4. colored photo

    Start with a color photo.

  5. From the Image menu, select ADJUSTMENTS. From the submenu, select DESATURATE.
  6. black and white photo

    Turn the photo into a black and white image.

  7. Click the History Brush Tool on the Tools panel.
  8. History Brush Tool

  9. Click the Brush Preset picker on the Options Bar.
  10. Select Basic Brushes from the list. Set the brush style options to 100% hardness.
  11. basic brush

    Select a Basic Brush from the list.

  12. Use the Zoom Tool to magnify the area.
  13. Use a small brush size to outline the shape.
  14. Photoshop CC History Brush Tool

    Outline the object using a small brush.

  15. Increase the brush size to fill with color.
  16. History Brush Tool

    Paint over top of the picture using the History Brush Tool.

    If you liked this activity, you can find many more Photoshop CC photo editing activities in the TechnoPhotoshop CC technology project, created by TechnoKids Inc.

Christa Love

About Christa Love

Christa Love, Vice President - Christa Love has a passion for education and technology. A graduate from Brock University she has an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Child Development, Bachelor of Education in Primary and Junior divisions, and Masters of Education in the area of Curriculum Studies. Her work at TechnoKids Inc. began more than twenty years ago as an instructor at a local learning center. Since that time she has operated the summer camp program, taught at the research and development center at John Knox Christian School, trained educators throughout the province on issues related to technology integration, and overseen the curriculum development of hundreds of technology projects. In recent years, Christa has become the vice president of TechnoKids Inc.