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Create colourisd monochrome effects in Photoshop Elements 10

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
August 16, 2012

How to use Photoshop Elements to convert an image to monochrome and then add a touch of colour

Colour monochrome effect

Step 1 – Open and convert

Grab any image for this tutorial that you like and open it in Elements. Colour is not of great importance, because we’re going to remove it by going to Enhance>Convert to Black and White. This is a basic conversion to monochrome, but can be adjusted in the next step.

Step 2 – Select a style

The current settings in the Black and White menu offer a basic effect. Try out the numerous options listed under Select a Style, such as Portraits, Scenic Landscape and Infrared Effect. It doesn’t matter whether you’re applying these to the wrong subject, because you can use the RGB sliders opposite to adjust the overall look.

Step 3 – Color Variations

Now that your image is in monochrome, it’s now ready to have some colour. Go to Enhance>Adjust Color>Color Variations. In this adjustment you’ll notice a number of coloured boxes. To start off, set this menu to Midtones.

Step 4 – Add colour

Color Variations makes it really easy to experiment with different tones and hues. Simply click once on either an Increase or Decrease colour box to apply it to the image. The more times you click on the boxes the more the colour is added in. If things start getting out of control, lower the Amount slider to the left, or hit Reset Image to start over.