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Spot Coloring

Last update:  12-31-1969

Submitted by Jakaleena

There are a lot of ways to get single spots of color on an otherwise grayscale image, but this is my favorite way.

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There are a lot of ways to get single spots of color on an otherwise grayscale image, but this is my favorite way.

This tutorial starts out with a color image. If you are trying to spot color an image that is originally grayscale, see the tutorial on Colorizing.

1. Make any adjustments necessary to your original image and crop as desired.
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2. Go to Layer > New > Adjustment Layer
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3. Choose Channel Mixer

4. Check the Monochrome box and adjust the sliders until the grayscale looks the way you want it to look

5. Select the area you want to have color using your favorite selection tool (I highly recommend the Pen Tool thanks to Ron Lemire's wonderful tutorial on how to use it!)
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6. Set your color pallette to default (black & white) with black on top, and choose a large brush set to 100% opacity

7. Run your brush over the area you have selected. The channel mixer layer will be erased and the original color will re-appear (like magic!).
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8. No need to worry about staying inside the lines since the area inside your selection will be the only area affected.
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Image courtesy of The Gimp Photo Archive