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This is my first post here, and my first attempts at any kind of editing other than color enhancement. I actually like them. My only problem was that I couldn't find the background layer, so I had to select the area that was to stay colorized and then cut it, change the picture to black and white, and then paste the colored area back into the photo. It worked pretty well, though.

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This is my first post here, and my first attempts at any kind of editing other than color enhancement. I actually like them. My only problem was that I couldn't find the background layer, so I had to select the area that was to stay colorized and then cut it, change the picture to black and white, and then paste the colored area back into the photo. It worked pretty well, though.

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This is my first post here, and my first attempts at any kind of editing other than color enhancement. I actually like them. My only problem was that I couldn't find the background layer, so I had to select the area that was to stay colorized and then cut it, change the picture to black and white, and then paste the colored area back into the photo. It worked pretty well, though.

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This is my first post here, and my first attempts at any kind of editing other than color enhancement. I actually like them. My only problem was that I couldn't find the background layer, so I had to select the area that was to stay colorized and then cut it, change the picture to black and white, and then paste the colored area back into the photo. It worked pretty well, though.

027-1.jpg

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I am trying what u said in your tutorial....but I can not figure out how to copy the selected area I used with the wand tool. so I can put it into a new layer. How do I do that?

also....its not copying the entire area that I want only part of it.

To copy and paste into a new layer just go to the new layer and go into edit then paste. and to get the whole era you want u just have to keep changing the tolerance level on the magic wand or hold Ctrl and keep clicking on it 'till it gets everything u want selected

Edit: or you can use the lasso tool and trace what you want to keep colored. thats what I did with my eye of the tiger picture

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that's my go at it :-). I ADORE this effect!!

My question is; how do you make the background blur a little to make the colored part pop out even more? I tried the gaussian blur another picture and obviously, the whole thing blurred and it looks a little odd with the colored part.

Any advice? And with this picture, notice some of the leaves weren't totally selected....is there an easier way to select ALL of the part you want colored? B/c WOW that's A LOT of copy and pasting to do...it took about an hour for this.

I am however, very pleased with the outcome.

Also, I tried using the conditional hue/saturation and I just don't understand the plug-in at all.

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This plugin might give you a little help - it automates the Pleasantville effect: Extract Color

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@Lollowilla - Personally I think the glow is unnecessary. It makes the guy look like a paste-in from another image.

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Anyone have tips for selecting a lot of similar shades without getting the background too? I use ctrl + magic wand with low selection to get lots of little pieces that all add up together. This is the only way that seems to work well for me, but it takes forever and is a pain in the butt! How long is it taking for all of you to do these pictures?

Here is my attempt...don't remember where I found the picture. I also blurred and oil sketched the background. And I can't figure out how to make this any smaller for the forum.

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