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Painting Away Color

You see this technique widely used in print ads and on TV. It was used very effectively in a print campaign for the Las Vegas nightclub Studio 54 (in the MGM Grand), where everyone in the image was in black and white, but one person appeared in full color, totally drawing the eye to that one person. Here's how it's done:

STEP ONE: Open a color image that you want to apply this effect to. Press the letter D to set your Foreground color to black.

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STEP TWO: Press the B key to switch to the Brush tool. Go to the Options Bar and change the Mode pop-up menu from Normal to Color, then click on the brush thumbnail and choose a large, soft-edged brush from the Brush Picker.

STEP THREE: Start painting. As you paint, the color will disappear, leaving just grayscale in its wake. Paint everything except for the object(s) that you want to remain in color.

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