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Here where hair is in her shoulder, down in this area and then right on this arm here. And I will just click couple of points on her hair. In here, I am going to scoot around here. So you can really manipulate this quite easily, you can leave in the middle of it if you need to get a cup of coffee and not have to worry about a selection being accidentally disengaged. Appeared depends on the tool that you are using but you are using a magnetic selection tools.
Sometimes those can get a little crazy on you. So I just switched to a black right here because I want to conceal the black and white version and I will hit X here because I want to reveal the black and white. So as long as you can ask yourself questions that will help you determine what foreground color needs to be for the part of the image that you are working on.
So I am looking here, I need to reveal color a little bit more so, I need to switch to black to conceal the set of instructions again over here that are making the layer beneath it look like it is a black and white picture. So black is concealing that set of instructions. That is linked to the automatic mask that comes in on an adjustment layer.
Okay. Now up just a little part right down here. Now I am going to make a quick check just to make sure my interior areas are all solid in here and I will do that by showing the Mask in the image window. Let us see another little part there.
Alt click on the PC, Option click on the Mac and I can see right here those little white specs, I am going to click on that and then out here. Okay. And there are some areas right here that I need to took fix up. So I am going to Alt click back here and I want to, I think I am going to add a little extra to her and then I am going to come back in and clean it up. Hit X key and then I am going to click and Shift click, Shift click, Shift click, Shift click this. There we go.
And I can smooth out the edges a little bit by adding a little bit of Gaussian blur to the Mask and I have to see what other white spot over here. So I am going to go Filter, Blur, and Gaussian blur. Not too much, you just want a little bit and I can click this minus sign in the Gaussian blur preview box and release it to see it update a little bit, I do not want it too soft because then it is going to not look quite as good, okay, and there we say OK. And look at that. There is another spot that needs to be cleaned up because we only want the color on the girl right now.
All right, let us zoom out. So now we selectively colorized the subject and the background remains black and white. Once you have got this done. It is very easy to invert it. All I need to do is click on this black and white layer and I can hit Ctrl+I on a PC or Command I on a Macintosh. And now the girl is reversed. I can also see where I can fix a map, the Mask a little bit better here.
Now in this instance, the white area here is revealing the black and white so, I need to just add little bit more white to this paint of leg, like this. And since I have added that to an edge, I am going to make just a selection around here to blur just that, to make it blend a little bit better. So Filter, Blur, and Gaussian blur. Here we go, just click OK and then deselect.
So that is pretty much it. Now the other iteration that I have showed you and let me invert this again was I duplicated this layer and you can just have the layer highlighted and click the fly out tab and choose Duplicate Layer. And it is going to make a copy above that. And so what I did for this one was to invert it. So just Ctrl+I that inverts it and we can lower the opacity on this. So what we are getting if I shut the visibility off on the second layer is we are just taking some of the color out by interplay of this particular layer at 45% opacity, so at a 100%, it is making the girl black and white and the background looks—if I shut this off, you can see the girl is black and white in the backgrounds color. And this layer itself has the background black and white and the girl color. So the combination of both of them at a 100% makes the whole thing look black and white.
So we are just playing with the opacity here to take the black and white girl and take that instruction down to about 45% a little bit desturated. So that is basically how you can create an image like this. Now this will be a layer file but if you want it to save this out in a different file format or resample it or resize it, you could just go over here at the Image Duplicate and Save Duplicate Merged Layers Only. And then your copy is flattened and this what you would say about and resize. Hope you had fun with this. So, this is Mama Shan signing off.