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We've all seen those images where you have the key object in the image that is in color and everything else is in black-and-white. It's a bit corny, but it's a very effective technique nonetheless. So we're seeing the pictures of the London bus, the red bus where everything else is black-and-white, all the yellow taxi in New York or the red telephone box in the UK, things like that, where things are known for being a certain color and then that color is amped up and everything else is de-saturated, well, that's what I'm going to do with this image.
Obviously, we're going to go for red. So all I'm going to do here is add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, we will come to the colors one by one, skipping red, and desaturate them, and there is already nothing more to it than that. Instantly, it becomes a more interesting image. It becomes an image that's about the color red in a way that it wasn't before. So we notice that we have some distracting areas of red that are still left in the image, the taillight of this car, some of the buildings, some of the elements that are actually inside the tram itself, and we would like to desaturate those as well.
Well the first thing we might try is to just work on this layer mask that we have with the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and if I do that in black, choose my Brush tool, we can see that's not going to work, because that's going to actually restore the color to the image, so that's not what we want. Instead, I'm going to add another Hue/ Saturation adjustment layer, and on this one I'm going to desaturate everything, and then I'm going to fill the layer mask of that adjustment layer with black.
So that it's like it never happened, and then on that layer mask I'm going to paint in white, over those areas that we want to desaturate. So by the time we finished, we should be left with nothing, but the red of the tram itself and this has been achieved, I'll going back to the beginning state, by de-saturating everything above the red, and then adding an additional Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, which desaturates everything, and then we come and selectively paint, and look how messy that is.
It doesn't matter, we come and paint on that layer mask to selectively desaturate any remaining areas of red.
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