The partial color effect, also called selective colorization, is a popular method of enhancing photos. The photo is converted to a grayscale image and then color is restored in a selected area. It may look like a difficult thing to do but with GIMP, anyone can achieve this effect.
You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.
Creating a Black and White-Partial Color Effect
Right-click on the original copy of the image, as listed on the right side of the window, and click on “Duplicate Layer”. This allows you to work on a copy of the photo without doing any damage to the original.
Rename the copy to “bw”, or “blackandwhite”, or whichever you prefer, to help you identify the copy from the original image. You can do this by right-clicking on the duplicate and clicking on “Edit Layer Attributes”. A pop-up window will open with a field to input a new layer name. Click OK when you’re done.
To be able to edit specific areas of a photo without doing any damage to the actual layer, you would need to add a layer mask. This is often used for effects such as partial coloring. Right-click on the duplicate layer and click on “Add Layer Mask”.
To prepare to restore the vibrant colors of the photo, enlarge the photo for a closer view. You can do this by clicking the zoom option down below and finding the right zoom percentage that would allow you to work on the photo.
The edited image is further enhanced by adding paper backgrounds, digital scrapbook elements, and frame from the Digital Scrapbooking Kit Vintage Magic.
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