Photo 3, Quarter 4; Color ISOLATION or Selective Color in Photoshop
Why Color Isolate? So, you took a picture, but that one part of it that you really wanted to stand out... doesn't. Maybe the rest of the scene is too cluttered, maybe it's simply too big. Maybe you just want something that makes a striking impact, or maybe you want to further differentiate and alienate your subject from the surrounding scene.In any of these situations, color isolation can be a powerful tool, and certainly one worth experimenting with. Want a way to make your photo pop? Color isolation is one of the most effective techniques to bring out the subject of your photo and make it stand out. Also, be aware that color isolation makes an image feel very conspicuously processed, which some people find displeasing when compared with more natural-seeming photography. This by no means invalidates color isolation as a technique, however! Experiment and see what suits you.
Multiple Subjects/parts of subjects... You may want to isolate color in multiple parts of the image, and not just a single, centralized subject. While you should be aware that this may clutter the image somewhat and make it confusing to the beholder's eye by drawing their attention very powerfully to two different parts of the image, this can also be a powerful technique. One can either use this to unite two disparate items in color harmony—or making them appear to be literal opposites with the use of color contrast.
Watch the Demos in class and watch our videos here. There are many ways to accomplish this technique-which is better depends on the image you are using. Don't forget you can fine tune using the opacity tool, the eraser tool, and the saturation adjustment to soften the colors and get an effect that looks good to you.