Slices of Life: The Blog of Urbin Photography

Observations by Photographer Mark Urbin

Selective Colorization using GIMP

Photoshop can be a tad expensive, so a lot of photographers turn to GIMP, an open source digital image editor with many of the same features.

A common trick of digital editing is Selective Colorization.  That is where you have a single color in an otherwise black and white photo.  Here is a straightforward tutorial on how to do that in GIMP

Here is an example.  Note the red on the belt.

Selective Colorization example

Here is another example and two more.

January 29, 2009 - Posted by | Black and White, How To, Martial Arts, People, Photography | , , , , , ,


  1. I love this picture Mark. It’s lovely. I tried Gimp about 6 months ago, but I’m not tech savvy enough for it I guess. Wish I was. You do beautiful work. GBU Reland1

    Comment by Duliece Melton | January 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks! GIMP is a useful tool, but doesn’t have the support that Photoshop does. It also doesn’t the $600+ price tag of Photoshop either. This process is pretty straightforward, at least I found so, and it gives some insight into the power of layers.

    Comment by Mark Urbin | January 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. […] A nice way to touch up Black & White photographs and fairly easy to do.  […]

    Pingback by More post production work. « Slices of Life: The Blog of Urbin Photography | February 4, 2009 | Reply

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