In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a color splash effect in Photoshop. You may have seen dark monochrome backgrounds with a single colorful object and here I will show you how to achieve it. This simple technique works with any image, all you need is a normal colored image. For good results prefer images with vivid colors. This will show even more contrast between the monochrome (black and white) background and the colorful object.
Learn how to create a color splash effect in Photoshop
Tutorial Details and Resources
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop
Estimated Completion Time: 5-10′ Minutes
Resources: Red Tulip by Sorin
Step 1 > Open the Image
First, open the image you want to use. For this tutorial, i used a red tulip with a dark background but you can use hearts, roses, fruits or anything else.
Step 2 > Duplicate the Layer
To duplicate the layer go to Layer > Duplicate Layer.
Step 3 > Convert to Black and White
To convert your new layer to black and white go to Image > Adjustments > Black & White. In the new tab keep the default settings and press OK.
Step 4 > Add Layer Mask
To add layer mask press the Add layer mask small button in the bottom of layers palette.
Step 5 > Use Brush Tool
Change your foreground color to black #000000 and pick the Brush Tool (B) in your tools palette. Use a small brush around 45px and 88 or higher hardness.
Step 6 > Draw Over the Tulip
Use the brush to draw over the tulip. For smaller details decrease the brush size. If you make any mistake, change the foreground to white and draw again over it. Draw carefully until you finish all the tulip.
Use this technique for roses, hearts, strawberries or anything else you like, the sky is the limit. Play with colors and add multiple layer masks for colorful objects.