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How to quickly create selective monochrome effects in Photoshop

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
April 10, 2012

Selective monochrome effects can be created in a matter of minutes, just follow these quick steps to learn how using Photoshop’s Hue/Saturation adjustment


Selective black and white effect


Selective monochrone effect

Step 1 – Load Hue/Saturation adjustment

This effect uses the versatile Hue/Saturation adjustment. Load the adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer), so, if you need to, you can go back and edit the image at a later stage.

Step 2 – Select hand

The next thing to do is to pick out hand symbol that has the two arrows on. This is a tool that lets you click on a colour directly over your image, rather than having to make a selection beforehand.

Step 3 – Click and drag

With the hand symbol selected it’s just a case of clicking on a part of your image that you want desaturated and dragging your mouse to the left – it’s that easy!