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Photoshop: How To Create Focal Black And White Effect?

Focal black and white is an image effect which retains certain parts of image in color while the rest of it turned into black and white. The analogy is like a spotlight focus on a subject in dark room or on stage.

Apparently, focal black and white effect makes the object visually appears outstanding in focus.

If you’re interested, take a look at YouTube video about how to use Photoshop to create or apply multiple focal black and white effects on an image:

Uses Photoshop to create or apply focal black and white effect on an image.Though am using Adobe Photoshop CS3 in this guide, the concept is applicable to Photoshop CS5 or newer version:

1) Using either Rectangular Marquee Tool or Lasso Tool to select the object. Lasso Tool is great for select object with irregular shape.
Should you need to select more than one part of image, press SHIFT key (on Windows) while selecting the second object. There will be a “+” indicator next to selection tool, as shown by the video while I select second flower.

2) Right click inside one of the selection and choose “Select Inverse”.

3) Go to Image menu, select Adjustments and then “Black & white”. Alternatively, press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+B hotkey (Windows) to apply black and white effect instantly for the inverse selection.

Now, press CTRL+D to deselect the selection and inspect the focal black and white effect you have just created.

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