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Creating Impact With Partial Colour: 60 Stunning Photos

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Colour is a powerful part of photography and it's presence or absence is a great way to highlight and emphasise certain parts of an image. Although much of photography is about subtlety, there's occasionally a time and place to make part of an image really stand out.

In today's showcase, we're taking a look at a selection of photos that use partial colour to stunning effect.

Partial Color

partial color colour photography

al mondo

partial color colour photography

patial color

partial color colour photography

Peugeot

partial color colour photography

And I Will Wait Forever if That's What it Takes

partial color colour photography

Put you best foot forward

partial color colour photography

Post Box

partial color colour photography

Colors in B&W!

partial color colour photography

QANTAS Passes By

partial color colour photography

Green Jewels

partial color colour photography

New York Colors

partial color colour photography

Brooklyn Bridge

partial color colour photography

Black & White Colour Flower

partial color colour photography

Peindre la couleur

partial color colour photography

jogging with props

partial color colour photography

Fortune in love

partial color colour photography

L'amore atteso

partial color colour photography

A Whisper of Hope

partial color colour photography

La libertà è un diritto di tutti

partial color colour photography

Target Practice

partial color colour photography

Antiques

partial color colour photography

Torre de los vientos

partial color colour photography

Celica Hostel

partial color colour photography

Drink [Explore]

partial color colour photography

The Colour of Money

partial color colour photography

Ladybug

partial color colour photography

Fargo

partial color colour photography

Smile- God Loves You!

partial color colour photography

una giornata piovosa

partial color colour photography

Sevilla

partial color colour photography

En rouge et gris

partial color colour photography

City Tram

partial color colour photography

Baby Blue Umbrellas in a Black and White World

partial color colour photography

Westminster Bridge

partial color colour photography

Flightless

partial color colour photography

Australia Square Tower

partial color colour photography

Young Lady in Partial Color

partial color colour photography

Color My World

partial color colour photography

The Garden: Fire Partial Color

partial color colour photography

Colors of passion

partial color colour photography

el arte es basura

partial color colour photography

The Long and Winding Apple

partial color colour photography

WK Utrecht

partial color colour photography

Watermelon technicolor

partial color colour photography

Panamera Turbo

partial color colour photography

Yellow

partial color colour photography

Meh...

partial color colour photography

partial

partial color colour photography

Deutsche Bahn

partial color colour photography

rouge

partial color colour photography

But I see your true colors Shining through

partial color colour photography

Colour Bubble

partial color colour photography

Cartes à jouer

partial color colour photography

Beach Huts

partial color colour photography

Selective Reflections..

partial color colour photography

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.

partial color colour photography

Raia

partial color colour photography

We'Re All Made Of Allstars

partial color colour photography

Je t'aime plus

partial color colour photography

Ant BW & colour

partial color colour photography

Endurance

partial color colour photography

How to Create This Type of Effect

Post-processing a photo to add this effect isn't nearly as hard as you might think. Although there are many different ways to add partial colour to an image, one of the simplest is to use Layer Masks in Photoshop.

All you need to do is load up your colour photo, add a Black and White adjustment layer, select the Brush tool, and then select the Adjustment Layer mask. You should then make sure that your foreground colour is set to black, and your background colour is set to white.

After that, it's just a case of painting (in black) over the bits of the image you'd like to add colour back into! Aiming for a few different areas that each contain the same colour can work well, and this is an effect employed by many of the photographs above.

You can adjust your brush size and style as needed, and it might also be a good idea to play around with the colour saturation when you've finished (to make the colour area really "pop").

More Great Tutorials

This is a really simplified guide, but here are a few more tutorials that you should check out to find out more:

If you've created "partial colour" versions of your own images, we'd love to see them. Feel free to leave a link in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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