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Photography.73

Cut Outs

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{Photography.73.5}: Coyote {coyote} Thu, 07 Oct 2004 17:20:40 CDT (29 lines)

To make these type images, I would suggest searching for
instructions on the internet, depending on the software you use.
I've seen complicated instructions, using layers and whatnot, but
have devised a simple method of my own, using PhotoShop on
my Mac.

1. Use the magnetic lasso tool to outline the area you wish to
leave colored. it helps to make the image as large as  you can
while still being able to see its entirety in the window.

2. Choose "Inverse" from the "Select" menu. Everything *but* the
colored area is now awaiting adjustments.

3. In the "Image" menu, choose "Adjustments" then "Desaturate."
You have now removed the color from everything *but* the area
you wish to preserve.

4. If your preserved, colored area is not bright enough or
saturated enough or not to your liking in any other way, choose
"Inverse" from the "Select" menu again. Now the colored part
awaits your modifications. Adjust to your heart's desire.

5. If you simply increase the contrast on the entire picture, both
colored and desaturated, it makes the desaturated part more
black-and-white-ish and, at the same time, increases the color
saturation as well.

The photo in the following post is an example of incorporating
Step #5.

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