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Using Color for Emphasis

This is a popular technique for focusing attention by the use of color (or really, it’s more like the use of less color—if everything’s in black-and-white, anything that’s in color will immediately draw the viewer’s eye). As popular as this technique is, it’s absolutely a breeze to create. Here’s how.

Step One

Open a photo containing an object you want to emphasize through the use of color. Go under the Layer menu, under New, and choose Layer via Copy (or just press Control-J). This will duplicate the Background layer onto its own layer (Layer 1).


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