Perhaps you’ve seen those pictures where everything is black and white except for a coloured part that really stands out, such as a person, flower or object and then wondered how was it done. Well, the effect is called Focal BW. This effect is a classic and is an easy way to pimp your MySpace, Friendster or Facebook profile. Take a look at some of these examples I’ve created with Photofiltre.
Original photo credit: Madaboutasia
Original photo credit: Uros Velickovic
Original photo credit: Petar Ceklic
Original photo credit: Per Ola Wiberg
Original Photo Credit: Thai Jasmine
If you want see more photos like these, there’s a whole dedicated group on flickr devoted to the Focal BW style. Check it out here:
The basic method of creating Focal BW with Photofiltre.
1.Open up your colour photo…
2. Select the Polygon Tool
3. With a steady hand, click around the outside of the flower.
4. When the ends of the polygon tool join up, a “selection” is made. Right mouse click inside this and select Invert Selection.
5. Now click on the Grayscale button. This will make everything gray except for the pink flower.
6. Take the opportunity now to improve the black & white part of the photo by clicking on the Contrast + a few times. This makes the the whites whiter and blacks blacker rather than having everything tending being shades of gray.
7. Press esc or the select/unselect button to remove the selection lines and your finished!
Style 2. Creating focal BW with a glow of colour or soft circular coloured focal area.
The second style of Focal BW is a soft warm gradual glow of colour over a particular highlighted feature rather than having distinct sharp change of colour like that of the first method. This method is a little more complex to apply in Photofiltre and the underlying principle is to create a fuzzy mask to allow the colour to shine through onto the BW background. Letz do it!
1. Open up the photo…
2. Make a duplicate copy of the original by going: Image >Duplicate
3. Convert one of the photos to grayscale by clicking on Grayscale
4. Use the Ellipse Tool to draw a circle over the face. This is going to be the basis of the colour mask.
5. Right mouse click and choose Stroke and Fill from the menu…opening up the dialogue box…
6. Tick the Fill box and select black for the colour.
7. Next step is to Right mouse click again(with pointer on the black part) and select Invert Selection.
8. Again, right mouse click and select CLEAR. This will make all of the background white, leaving only the black circular mask.
9. Remove selection lines by pressing esc key or pressing unselect/reselect button .
10. Apply Gaussian Blur at maximum setting. Filter>Visual Effect>Gaussian Blur. (May take a little while)
Ok. That’s how to make the photomask that will let the colour shine through onto the BW photo. The next step is to link the photomask with the original photo. If you like, you can save the mask and rename it, but I find it’s easier to copy it and then UNDO a few times back to the original photo.
11. Copy the mask. Either right mouse click and select COPY, or from the menu Edit>COPY
12. Click on the undo button several times to get back to the original pic.
13. The mask needs to be merged with the original photo to make one big picture. Do this by going to Edit>Paste Special>Assemble
14. Click Right and then OK.
15. Now COPY this combined original photo and mask by either right mouse click and then selecting COPY or on main menu Edit>Copy.
16. OK. Now go back to the BW photo you created earlier on…
17. Apply the colour mask to this so the coloured part shines through. Do this by going to: Edit>Paste Special>Image with linked mask.
18. Right mouse click and select VALIDATE
So that’s how Focal BW effect is done on Photofiltre.