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Colour popping in Paint Shop Pro

Colour popping in Paint Shop Pro - Making a photo selectively coloured has been conveniently termed colour popping. Here Ashley Price shows us how to do it in Corel's Paint Shop Pro image editing program.

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Making a photo selectively coloured has been convenitently termed colour popping. Here Ashley Price shows us how to do it in Corel's Paint Shop Pro image editing program.

To get from the left photo to the right is a relatively simply matter using Paint Shop Pro (from now on known as PSP) with a technique called colour popping.
Step One
First let's load our colour start image:
It is often here that beginners make a fundamental mistake (yes, including myself). Because most of the image is going to be black & white it is assumed that the next step is to click on "Greyscale" to remove all colour. This is wrong and simply won't work.
Step Two
The next step is to add an extra layer – called an adjustment layer. Right click on the "background layer" in your layers palette and then click adjustment layer. From the new menu, click on "Hue/Saturation/Lightness". Alternatively, you can click "Layers" from the menu bar and choose "new adjustment layer" and then click "Hue/Saturation/Lightness" from there.
The following window will pop up:

You can see I have reduced the saturation down to –100 – i.e. removing all colour from the image.

Step Three
Now to re-add colour to the petals.

First of all make sure the adjustment layer is highlighted and that your foreground colour is black and your background colour is white.

Choose the paintbrush tool at a suitable size. When you click on your mouse and start to move it over the image you will see that the colour reappears.
Carefully go over the petals to reintroduce the pink colour. If you make a mistake, either right click and draw over (effectively using the white background colour) or swap the foreground colour to white and go over the incorrect area.

If you are careful and take your time you should end up with an image like the one on the right:
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Thanks for this article I have used it a few times.

I have done one picture where I did most of the "color popping" and saved my work. I realized I missed some spots. How can I go back to remove those bits without having to start all over.

I'm using Paint Shop Pro and I'm fairly new at all this.


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Thank you so much for this! I collect loads of photography magazines, and it helps for improving my shots and stuff, but when it comes to the photoshop part, I can't do it because I use Paint Shop Pro. This helps so much, as I have looked everywhere for help on colour popping. Thank you!

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