I have acquired a new skill – select colorization in Photoshop AKA the Pleasantville Effect. Each of the pictures below were created in under 10 minutes. I found the images on Flickr searching for Creative Commons images with a World Cup theme (since I am currently addicted to World Cup watching).
- Open -> Select Picture
- Layer -> Duplicate Layer
- On the duplicate layer Image -> Adjustments -> Destaturate (give the image black/white/grey hues)
- Pick the object you want to colorize
- Use the ‘Magic Wand’ AKA Quick Select Tool or the Eraser to show the colored picture below.
- This requires patience and zoom.
My 3 favorite shortcuts:
- ctrl + Z = undo
- ctrl + D = deselect
- F7 = show layers
Another useful tip, when you right click on anything in Photoshop it shows what layer that appears on. This is a serious time saver when you have 20+ levels.
I have enjoyed (maybe not initially) exploring Photoshop. However, I am not seeing frequent application for Photoshop in my Spanish class. It will continue to liven up my Facebook photos, at least until the university license runs out.
Photoshop is making me really appreciate the ease and practicality of the ActivInspire software for a Promethean interactive whiteboard board. I will never complain about trying to create visually appealing flipcharts again.