2.) Refer to your layers palette and right click on your photo layer. Then choose Duplicate Layer. Name your layer (if desired) and click OK.
3.) Now activate your top photo layer (a layer is activated by simply clicking on it) and then go to Image and choose Adjustments and then Black and White (or Desaturate if there is no Black and White option).
4. Now that you have both layers, go ahead and link your layers so that they stay lined up. Just click on one photo layer and then holding down your shift key, click on the other. Then somewhere near your layers palette, there should be a little chain link icon. Click on that to link them together.
5.) Now choose your Eraser Tool as shown below (you can also hit the letter "E" on your keyboard, this will also activate your Eraser Tool).
6.) Now refer to your top menu and look for the drop down menu that says Brush. This will allow you to choose the shape and size of your eraser, as well as the hardness of the edges of your eraser. For this purpose, you will want a circle-shaped eraser, and you will want to choose a fairly small size (Master Diameter) (like around 75-100) and the hardness will need to be set at 100% (as shown below). Later, once you are ready to make your eraser larger, you can either go back up to this drop down menu and change your size, or you can use the bracket keys on your keyboard. (The " [ " will make your eraser smaller and the " ] " will make it larger.)
7.) Now making sure your black and white photo layer is active, you will simply begin erasing the area (in this case her shirt) that you want to be in color. This just erases that part off of the b/w photo and allows the color of the color photo layer to show through.
8.) Here is what my finished result of the photo will look like...
...and here is what my layers palette now looks like...
9.) Now, I have a personal preference of high-contrast black & white photos. If you are happy with the way your photo looks as is, you can simply leave it that way. If you want the high-contrast effect, here is how I did mine. Using your Blending Modes (you can see exactly how to do this in my Blending Modes Tutorial), simply duplicate your black & white photo layer and change the blending mode to screen. Then duplicate your screen layer and once. Then duplicate that screen layer and change the blending mode to Overlay (or Soft Light). Here is what your layers palette will look like:
10. Now that your picture is how you like it, you can begin building your layout. (For instructions on how to do this, you can refer to The Basics of Creating a Layout Tutorial.)
Again... here is our completed layout:
For my layout, I used:
TAYLORMADE DESIGNS: The Alternative Paper (only at oscraps!)
VICKI STEGALL: Frame from Week 20 of 52 Inspirations (only at oscraps!)
FONTS: Santos Dumont, 1942 Report (both available free at http://www.dafont.com/)
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