Create a selective “color hold” effect


Photoshop CS6 or later, including Photoshop CC


How to preserve specific colors using adjustment layers and masks


15 minutes


THE EYE IS naturally drawn to areas of color in an image that’s otherwise monochrome. It’s a technique often used in advertising, and also creatively to throw the focus on characters or objects, such as in the movie Schindler’s List, in the scene in which a small girl’s red raincoat stands out in a black-and-white setting. The effect works particularly well when it’s applied to iconic subjects associated with a specific color, such as a red London bus.

Typically, however, as in our image

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