How to use Black and White Tool in Photoshop CS5

Posted on May 4th, 2011 | 12 Comments

Black and White Tool in Photoshop. In this Photoshop tutorial you are going to learn how to make some great use of the Black and White Tool in Photoshop. Then you are going to leave a part of the picture colored. This gives your picture a really cool effect.

1)  Open the picture you would like to work on in Photoshop. For this tutorial, I am making use of this picture:

2)  In the Layers Panel, right-click Background and select Duplicate Layer. Just click OK on the dialog box that appears next. This creates a duplicate of the background you are using.

3)  In the Layers Panel, with Background Copy still selected, add a Black & White adjustment layer.

This leaves the picture Black & White.

4)  Next, I am going to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to select the door in the image: 

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It is not a must to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool. You may use any other selection tool that works best for the part of the picture you are trying to select in Photoshop.

The purpose of the selection is to confine the space in which the Brush Tool can work in the next step.

5)  Select the Brush Tool. Make the following changes (the brush size is not important) in the Tool Options Bar above:

6)  Change the Foreground color to Black.

7)  Using the Brush Tool, I am going to paint over the selected door in the picture. This brings back the original color of that part of the picture:

8)  To get rid of the selection, simply press CTRL+D.

9)  If in your case, you feel like removing back the color from your picture, change the Foreground color to White and apply the Brush Tool over that area.

That’s it, babe. This is what I did with my image:


12 Responses

  1. John
    Posted on: 5-20-2011

    simple and nice thanks

  2. Melinda
    Posted on: 5-20-2011

    THANKYOU! Your tutorials are a great help. 😀

  3. Jorge
    Posted on: 6-2-2011

    Very nice, thank you.

  4. Posted on: 8-5-2011

    very nice work!

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