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📷 How to Selectively Desaturate Images in Photoshop

Email sent: Dec 18, 2018 7:59am
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to selectively desaturate a portrait. All you need is Photoshop and a high-quality image.


Selective desaturation is a great Photoshop technique that can make your photos pop and remove unwanted colors. It’s ideal for photos with a lot of distractions or even simple images that need a little enhancement. It’s often used in product photos, but it can also be used in a wide variety of photography genres.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to selectively desaturate a portrait. All you need is Photoshop and a high-quality image.


1. This photo has a gorgeous composition and lots of details. However, it could be enhanced even further if some of the flowers were desaturated. Analyze your image and figure out what seems unnecessary and what you’d like to highlight. Don’t worry, you can change your mind as you edit!


2. After you’ve opened your image in Photoshop, duplicate the background layer by dragging it to the new layer button. This will ensure that you’ll be able to erase and experiment as much as you like.

The next step can be approached in two ways. The approach you choose depends solely on your editing preferences and desired outcome. Method 3a is ideal for those who want most of their photo to look black & white. Method 3b is perfect for desaturating specific details.


3a. Go to Image > Adjustments > B&W and experiment with the tones of your photograph. You might want some parts of your image to look darker than others.




The MCP™ Originals: Photoshop Actions Bundle gives you everything you’d ever need for editing images in Photoshop. So, not only can you work on all your images quickly and easily, but you will have the tools needed to help define your style too.

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