color forground b&w background

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  1. Good Time Gang

    Good Time Gang New Member

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    i am new to this, and i am sure that there is a tut somewhere, but i cannot seem to find it. i have so photos that i would like to make the focal point of the image in color and the rest black and white. any help on how to do this would be great. thanks, GTG
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    Ok. Duplicate your layer and then click colors-Desaturate on the top layer. Right click on the top layer thumbnail and click add layer mask. Now color anything that you want colorful with a black paintbrush.
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    Alternatively you could use the color select tool:

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    Then just hold down 'SHIFT' and click on the colors you want to keep colorful, once you done that create a new layer, then make sure your still on the image layer, cut and paste it into the new layer.

    Hope this helps - if not just ask and i'll make a tutorial. :)
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    i must be doing something wrong, i keep getting a third layer when i try and past the cut color onto the new layer. GTG
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    Ok, first of all just use the 'color select' to select the color you want, then copy it, then create a new layer, then paste it.

    After that go to 'Layers' -> 'Anchor Layer'.

    P.S. If your still getting a new layer, then close GIMP, the re-open it again, (you may have changed a setting), it's happened to me before but don't worry GIMP doesn't save your settings.

    Hope this has cleared everything up :)
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    Cool, i think i have it now! Thank you, GTG
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    No problem, GimpKnowHow's suggestion was good, however i find if you use the 'Color Select Tool' then you have more control over what's colorful and what's not :)

    BTW if you select some color that you dont want, after youve pasted it into the new layer just use the 'Rectangle Select Tool', Select it and go to 'Colours' --> 'Desaturate'.

    :) I've really got to stop using so many smilies in my messages lol :)

    Also here's an image i made a while ago:

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    i was having trouble getting all the color variations to show with the select tool, so i used GimpKnowHow's idea. man it was rough staying in the lines, but i think it turned out nice. Thanks again to you both, GTG
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    I like both ways, for larger pictures with more color i prefer to use my way, however GimpKnowHow's way can save a lot of time on certain projects.

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