You know the photos that are black and white except for a small piece of clothing or a flower that is in color?  You have always wanted to know how to do that, right?

It’s easy with Picnik.com.

Take Barbie for instance…

She likes to shine in her closeups…

Start with a basic photo, but one with a shape that can be easily “separated” from the background to colorize.  You might not want to start with an object with winding parts like a tree.

Open up the photo in Picnik.com

Go to Create>Effects>Black and White

Settings to Original, and change the brush size to fit the object you want to colorize.

While the application is open, the photo will turn to black and white.  Take the brush (you will see the cursor is a circle) and begin to run it over the area you want to colorize, in this case Barbie…

Now I’m going to twist or rotate it for effect, and as I do that I notice that i have over colored in one place…

I know, it’s slight but her underarm is yellowish…and it’s not a good look for Barbie!! ;)

Now hit the Black and White again, this time checking “Reverse” and “Effect”….

Now I can take my cursor and “UNDO” what I did.  Any spots that should NOT be color can be undone.  And by making the brush SMALLER I can hit a fine area to de-colorize.

Can you do that?  I’d love to see your finished product!!

7 Comments on Black and White Photos with a Touch of Color: Create With Picnik.com

  1. Alli Worthington
    October 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm (7 years ago)

    you are brilliant

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  2. Lauralee Hensley
    October 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm (7 years ago)

    Hey Barbie on Oct. 1 I saw you promoting lots of fine companies in the headers on Short Pump Preppy.
    Yet I have a pretty pink question for you. How can you stuff one of those pink Tic Tacs in your tiny plastic mouth?
    Do you think Linda is going to help you out with your quest and use a way to cut your mouth open so you can taste at least one.
    Nope, I didn’t think so either.

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  3. Lauralee Hensley
    August 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow, you are so good at all these applications on photo’s.

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  4. Michele McGraw
    August 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Barbie is one happy camper now.

    Reply
  5. Alana Morales
    August 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Um, ok, that is totally rad! Going to have to check it out!

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  6. Christine
    August 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm (7 years ago)

    AWESOME. We don’t need no stinking Photoshop.

    Reply
  7. Carissa
    August 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm (7 years ago)

    I love that you are doing this with Picnic! Cheers m’dear.. I mean barb.

    Reply

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