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How can I select just one colour from a photo in Elements?

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Q&A, by Mark White
September 24, 2015

Begin by duplicating the Background layer with Layer>Duplicate Layer. Then hide this layer by clicking the eye icon, and return to focus on the original background. With the original background selected, go to Enhance>Convert to Black and White.
Choose a Style preset that works well for your image then make further refinements with the the sliders. Reveal the top layer and make it the active layer. Go to Image>Magic Extractor and follow the on-screen instructions for isolating the objects that you want. Finally, tone down the colour a touch by changing …

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Begin by duplicating the Background layer with Layer>Duplicate Layer. Then hide this layer by clicking the eye icon, and return to focus on the original background. With the original background selected, go to Enhance>Convert to Black and White.

Choose a Style preset that works well for your image then make further refinements with the the sliders. Reveal the top layer and make it the active layer. Go to Image>Magic Extractor and follow the on-screen instructions for isolating the objects that you want. Finally, tone down the colour a touch by changing the layer’s blend mode to Overlay. Use the Eraser tool to touch up and spillover from other colours in the image.