Color splash is a classic photo effect that goes by many names; selective colour, spot colour, colour isolation, partial colour, colour accent and many more! It’s made by converting a photograph to black and white, but leaving a specific colour intact, which produces a striking effect that highlights specific areas of the image. Typically the effect focuses on bright reds, yellows or blues, which is the colour of the main subject within the photo. In today’s tutorial I show you how to create the effect in Photoshop by picking out the hue using the Color Range selection method, then we’ll complement it with a couple of additional enhancements.

How To Create a Color Splash Photo Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In my personal life I enjoy driving, tinkering and showing off my Ford Mustang. I recently did a great photoshoot with my friend at S.W Photography in an old aircraft hangar. The bright Race Red colour really stands out against the derelict backdrop, making it an ideal candidate for the colour splash effect. All the other hues and tones are subdued, which enhances the reds even further.

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  1. Chris a great tutorial spoiled only by the incorrect hanging of the flag. Might be a good time to word up your photographer buddy about flag etiquette. Maybe this can lead to a tutorial on how to flip the photo but not flip the licence plate.

    Everyday is about learning something new.

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