Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: B/W pictures

  1. #1


    Member Since
    Oct 15, 2007
    Posts
    4
    B/W pictures
    I am wanting to change color pics to black and white with only certain areas colorized on the photo. I have Aperture and Iphoto. Can it be done in Aperture? I have googled for a while now, but cannot find an answer. If anyone knows of any software that can do this easily, I would love to hear about it!

  2. #2

    Village Idiot's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2007
    Location
    Durtburg, WV
    Posts
    2,641
    Specs:
    Sooper Fast!
    If you're looking for free software to do this, GIMP may be able to as it's photoshop esque. If you want easy, ask some one else to do it for you.

    Either way either consists of using layers to create a B&W layer over the original color, creating a layer mask for the B&W layer, then "painting" over the layer mask over the color portions with the cursor as a brush to reveal the color beneath. It can be a pain and you have to watch that you don't get color bleeds or it can look funny in spots.

    Here was my very first attempt:



    This was done a little differently than the above technique with just a desaturation and history brush.

    I use photoshop.
    Chaotic Evil, Level 1 IT-Tech

    Slough Roast Blog
    Capitol Sound Blog

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Oct 15, 2007
    Posts
    4
    Thanks for the prompt response! That's a very impressive first attempt!

  4. #4

    Village Idiot's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2007
    Location
    Durtburg, WV
    Posts
    2,641
    Specs:
    Sooper Fast!
    Quote Originally Posted by gigi1976 View Post
    Thanks for the prompt response! That's a very impressive first attempt!
    It's like if you ever tried to create anything in paint, pixel by pixel. You have to zoom in, sometimes past 100%, and get the lines just right. A tablet is a very helpful tool in doing this from what I've heard. You can find a cheap one for under $100.
    Chaotic Evil, Level 1 IT-Tech

    Slough Roast Blog
    Capitol Sound Blog

  5. #5

    blakbook's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 16, 2007
    Location
    Medina, OH
    Posts
    24
    i have always used photoshop cs2. i just select the area that i would like to keep color with the magic wand. then right click-select inverse-then desaturate. hope that is some help.

    -jeremi

  6. #6

    Village Idiot's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 04, 2007
    Location
    Durtburg, WV
    Posts
    2,641
    Specs:
    Sooper Fast!
    Quote Originally Posted by blakbook View Post
    i have always used photoshop cs2. i just select the area that i would like to keep color with the magic wand. then right click-select inverse-then desaturate. hope that is some help.

    -jeremi
    The problem with this is that unless it's a clear difference, the magic wand can be real crap for selection. There's times where no matter how much poking and prodding you do, the wand will select things outside of your bounds because of subtle color difference. It's not that photo shop is bad, it's just that sometimes you have to revert to a manual function vs. an automatic to get what you absolutely want.
    Chaotic Evil, Level 1 IT-Tech

    Slough Roast Blog
    Capitol Sound Blog

  7. #7

    blakbook's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 16, 2007
    Location
    Medina, OH
    Posts
    24
    this is so very true. i have found that you have to turn down the tolerance way down to get just what you want.

    -jeremi

    edit: this is just one of many that i have done. i found it in my photobucket from a long time ago.
    LNK-never sleep

  8. #8

    D3v1L80Y's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2004
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    12,456
    Specs:
    MacBook
    Quote Originally Posted by Village Idiot View Post
    The problem with this is that unless it's a clear difference, the magic wand can be real crap for selection.
    I agree. That is why I normally use the pen tool to separate my selections. It takes a lot of practice and patience, but you can become very adept and accurate with it in time.
    __________________________________________________
    Posting and YOU|Forum Community Guidelines|The Apple Product Cycle|Forum Courtesy

    mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
    Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.


  9. #9


    Member Since
    Jun 21, 2007
    Location
    Richmond, VA, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C.
    Posts
    26
    Specs:
    17' iMac Core 2 Duo 2.16 1g ram | iPod Photo 60gb | 2G Shuffle
    Aperture has a convert-to-B&W function built in. On the right-hand side, on the adjustments tab, click on the top right corner- it's an icon that looks like a +. You can either use the monochrome mixer, which converts to B&W and allows adjustments, or you can use the color monochrome, which converts to a one-color scheme. You can play with the color and how much it is applied in there.

    -CM
    spice.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-11-2014, 06:38 PM
  2. pictures
    By luizleyva in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-14-2013, 10:32 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 09-12-2009, 03:27 AM
  4. Pictures
    By WizzKid in forum OS X - Apps and Games
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-03-2006, 01:41 PM
  5. Pictures of the G3 All-In-One
    By corysw in forum Schweb's Lounge
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: 11-06-2005, 06:04 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •