10 Superb Examples of Photography with Selective Colors

I think selective coloring is a very creative and easy way to get stunning photography results. What’s really great – almost anyone can do it. You need a decent picture, creative thinking and photo software that can do selective coloring on images. Working on these 10 pictures I used ColorStrokes for Mac, which is a powerful and affordable app ($4 on Mac App Store), created specifically for this kind of photography.

Houses

Italy

London

Woman

One of the neat features in ColorStrokes is that you select different monochrome backgrounds. While classic photography with selective colors assumes you’ll have grayscale background, ColorStrokes lets you also set sepia background and blue tone (for analog styled results).

SepiaBUS

HongKongSepia

ColorStrokes also lets you apply new colors to the image. Say you have black & white snap and want to spruce it with new colors. Although this is a very fun feature, I decided not to use it with these snaps and focus on traditional selective coloring. But feel free to experiment with this tool, as you can get some truly unpredictable artistic results.

Balloons

Buildings

Chairs

NYcityline




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Seshu
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With all due respect to your awesome blog, I have to disagree. Just my 2 cents (based on, oh, about 17 years of photography), I think selective coloring looks and feels gimmicky. Always has. Unless it’s used within context (think of Spielberg in Shindler’s List), it has no way of conveying meaning and just looks plain weird and dated.

Patience Syokau Mutonga
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Patience Syokau Mutonga

Is this software available for Windows software? The photos are excellent by the way 🙂

judy lindo
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Selective color can be accomplished with lightroom or photoshop…or if you’d like to get creative….back in the “old days” of film and darkroom we used to (or at leaset I did) paint on the B&W print with translucent oil paint. Now that was beautiful!

D.muralidharan
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very nicely done,

syedaamreen
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so clearly and nice

Ann
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Love selective color photos – that’s what lead me here. In my search i found an interesting site

http://www.thingography.com/Photo-Index/SelectColor-Flowers/SC-Flowers/SCF7.htm

If you like selective color, here a unique approach to display selective photos that i have not seen this method for a photo gallery.

Ann

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