Photo Challenge – Day 3

June 03, 2010
June 03, 2010
by Sean
in Blog

For today’s photograph I decided to go a different route, so today’s photograph is going to be of a fruit! I said yesterday that most likely I will be using some more of my pictures from the hike in this photo challenge, but I have decided to leave them for another day, so that I don’t have a lot of the same pictures, which might get old pretty quick.

So the fruit that I have chosen for today’s post is a Strawberry! At home here we have been growing all sorts of vegetables and fruits, so I decided to work with what I have in the garden to take this picture.

I thought that this photo would be a good chance to work on making one colour in a photo prominent and having the rest of the picture simply black and white (Greyscale). In today’s example I will have the original photograph I have taken and then I also have three altered versions of the original photographs.

Since not all the fruit is ripe just yet, the picture I took has got one red strawberry, which is ready for picking! and then the other two in this picture are green, I chose to make red the prominent colour here.

I often see in films and photographs where people make for example, a red dress , stand out. I wanted to know how this was done so today I spent time learning how to do this, and I think the final photographs have come out pretty good.

Click the photographs to see a larger version!

The original Photograph

Strawberry-Original

After the first step in altering the photograph

Strawberry-Altered

The end result, my two versions

Strawberry-Altered-Alternate

Strawberry-Altered-Alternate-Again


How to create this effect?

Creating this effect is actually really simple and quick, obviously you will need Photoshop, so if you don’t have it, go and get a free trial from Adobe and give it a try!

For this example I am going to use my original image of the strawberry.

Step 1: Open your image in Photoshop and in the layers menu double click the thumbnail to unlock the layer.

Step 2: Create a duplicate of the original layer, simply select the layer and press CTRL + J on your keyboard.

Step 3: Next select the Quick Selection Tool from the toolbox in Photoshop and highlight everything you want to stand out, in this case I am choosing the red strawberry.

Step 4: After you have finished selecting the red area, from the menu choose “Select” then choose “Inverse”, this highlights everything else that is not your highlighted colour (Red).

Step 5: Select from the menu “Layer” then “Layer Mask” and finally “Hide Selection”.

Step 6: The final step is to choose the original layer, and below the layer box there is a half black / half grey circle, select the circle and choose “Black & White” and you now have your selected colour standing out above everything else.

After these steps your photograph should look something along the lines of my first edited photograph above.

I created the final versions of these images by using gradients for one and for the other I used a filter, I will let you create your own finished version ;). I also enhanced the redness of the strawberry in my photographs!

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