Selective Coloring: 50 Beautiful Photographs

Selective coloring is a wonderful technique of making a select area of a photograph colorful. Rest of the photograph is turned into a black and white picture. Selective coloring is a post processing technique which means that this technique is applied only on photographs that are already taken.

Selective coloring is usually done by turning an entire photograph into a black and white picture with the exception of the areas which the photographer wants to keep colored. This effect is attained by using layers and masks in most modern image editing software like PhotoShop, GIMP and SilverFast. This technique of turning some areas of black and white photographs into color is especially useful when you want to draw viewers attention to a particular area in the image, and not distract him/her with other content of the photograph. Small colorful areas in an otherwise monochrome image immediately draw the viewer’s eye.

In this post, we have showcased beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring examples of selective coloring photography. These photos show the power of combining a little bit of color to otherwise black and white photographs.

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Crayons Selective Color

Selective Coloring Photos

Disney World

Selective Coloring Photos

F15E Strike Eagle

Selective Coloring Photos

Geese at Titchwell

Selective Coloring Photos

Kind of Magic

Selective Coloring Photos

phone selective colour

Selective Coloring Photos

Post Office Selective Color

Selective Coloring Photos

Selective Color Biker

Selective Coloring Photos

Selective Color Butterfly

Selective Coloring Photos

selective colour tute A 10

Selective Coloring Photos

sunset after the rain selective colour

Selective Coloring Photos

Train 5771 Re-Do

Selective Coloring Photos

True Colors water

Selective Coloring Photos

True colors

Selective Coloring Photos

Work At Night Selective Colour

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Stockholm Sweden Horses

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Up into the Wild Gray Yonder

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Bubbles by InfiniteRogue

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Lifes a Bucket of Paint

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Umbrella Lake

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Marat Safin and the selective color

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Peacock

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Koenigsegg CCX Selective Color

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Lens, Heart Selective Colored

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Seeking Enlightenment

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

chameleon Selective

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Girl in desert

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Adrift by Locopelli

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Paintbrushes by YuriPanda

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Selective Double Vision

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Selective Parrots

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Telephone in Selective Colour

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Converse Shoes, Selective Coloring

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Echinacea

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Start Line

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Blue Star

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Aviator sunglasses at Jacobs Field

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Fargo

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Lucy of Loch Ard

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Tora Selective Colouring

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Easter, Selective Colors

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Yellow City Taylorgraphix by Notice the Color

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Classic mini red

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Hollybank Reserve-mushroom

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Lightbox_Matches

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

The Chosen One

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Out of the blue

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Marks of Autumn

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Bellagio Entrance

Selective Coloring Photography Examples

Pencil Rainbow

21 Comments

  1. Amazing Stuff here! Really inspiring photographs… Thanks for this wonderful collection… Luv them all.

  2. Amazing, fantastic, all of the above. That’s the only way to describe these photos. Great work :)

  3. Awesome pics. I am truly inspired. I try doing something similar with Photo Delight app for iPad. Great app for selective coloring.

  4. Thanks for a great post and photography, really inspirational. I”ll try to create smth similar with Color Splash Studio – good for amateurs and beginners like me :) ))

  5. Kiana /

    I really like the one with the Umberella and the lake. I think its amazing!!

  6. Atiqah /

    awesome picture! cool, stunning and incredible! love the “Yellow City Taylorgraphix” thumbs up!

  7. every single one of those photographers should be hunted down and beaten to death with their camera or mouse!

  8. I am building a series of paintings mimicking the Selective Coloring technique …your post is a source of GRT!! inspiration.
    …grabbing the RSS and bookmarking in hopes of future updates to this and similar posts.

    AWESOME!!

  9. These are very nice photos. I love the one with the crayons. The color is beautiful.

  10. There’s a vast quantity of details around the weblog you have began. Thanks.

  11. Thanks for including my picture in here.

  12. Wow its so beautiful and too big collection of black and white photos…..Thanks

  13. Thanks for sharing the nice post with me, an girl who firmly follows the fashion trend, It really brings me some fresh feelings with addtional insights into today’s world.

  14. TheCat /

    These are 50 magnificently poorly executed examples of an overused and horribly outdated technique. Good job suffering through this and collecting samples of what not to do, as a warning to the rest of the world.

  15. Wow. What a hideous gallery. I’m amazed that people still think there is something redeeming about selective coloring.

  16. BEEGLE /

    Awesome shots!

  17. Dreadful. Who doesn’t look at these and *immediately* think “they’ve done that selective colour thing”? Maybe fine for ramming a point home in editorial work, but beyond that I really don’t see the point.

  18. thank you for the great pictures. really enjoyed them

  19. This is such a great collection of selective color. The awesome thing is the very first photo is mine. Neat. Thanks!

  20. I like Disney World very much!
    Nice collection

  21. Whow, this is a great technique. Great collection.
    I’ll will try this in Photoshop on some of my own pictures.

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