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Hand-colored look? Use the History Brush

A simple way to select a color


Adobe Photoshop includes a wonderful tool called the History Brush. It allows you to Undo virtually any single operation that has been performed on an image—and do it selectively, via carefully applied brushstrokes.

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When combined with certain other tools and/or filters, the History Brush enables you to create unique images that will amaze your friends.

For example, if you open an image file and follow this sequence: Image > Adjustments > Desaturate, all of the color will disappear from the image. Next, select the History Brush from the Toolbar (or type "y" on the keyboard) and use the tool to "paint back" the areas of the image where you want to restore the original color. The result is an image that appears to have been shot in black and white and then partially hand-colored.

In this flower shot, the pink petal portion has been restored, but the green leaves are left monochrome. As a result, the flower literally pops off of the page.



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