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Software to help render a digital color photo to black and white.

Hello, I'm looking for some hopefully simple software to modify a digital pic a certain way. That is hoping for at least some trial software to test .....

I have a digital color pic, what i want to do is fade the background to black and white but the person stay in color. I have seen examples of this done its a really cool affect. Could some one be so kind as to give some examples of software and maybe a quick run through?
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lherrouCommented:
This can be done in any one of a number of software packages, including Adobe Photoshop, JASC PaintShop Pro, and others. For a great free software package that can do this, I recommend the GIMP, http://www.gimp.org.

Essentially the process is to select an area of the picture that you do not want to change (a person in the foreground, for example), and then desaturate (remove colors from) the rest of the photo.

Here's a couple of tutorials to get you started:
http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Haven/5179/?20056 (for the GIMP, shows how to select and modify portions of the photo)
http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com/university/tutorials/photo_depth.shtml (for Photoshop, same principles apply for others)

Cheers,
LHerrou
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Lobo042399Commented:
The Gimp should do it, and the price is right! ;o)
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amenossAuthor Commented:
Hay guys I got GIMP installed, and got my picture loaded in there...

I went to Tools-->Selection Tools--> Free Select and have my person cut out so to speak, but I'm still not positive on how to get the background to black and white. If i right click on the background I can do fills and such around my person, but drawing a blank and how to change black and white.
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amenossAuthor Commented:
I found the IMAGE --> mode --> grayscale to make the whole pick black and white, but now Im in the opposite problem i cant get my cut out to stay color.
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BinylkumarCommented:
Hi,

You can do better in Photoshop...(If you don't have this software you can try 30 days trial version from adobe website)

1. Once you loaded Photoshop....open the picture you want to change...
2. Select the person using polygon lasso tool from the toolbar panel where you want the color to remain as it is...
3. Just press Ctrl+J to have a duplicate copy of the selected person....This will a make that person alone in a new layer....
4. Now choose the bottom layer using layer panel window and just dblclick the layer using ALT key pressed...(This will change the original photo placed into a layer....not as a backgrond...)
5. Now just goto image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate...
6. Yes.You have finished your requirement....

Binylkumar
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lherrouCommented:
Amenoss,

Yes, converting the image to grayscale effects the whole image, you should use the Hue/Saturation tool in the GIMP, http://docs.gimp.org/en/ch04s05s02.html - adjust the saturation down until your selected areas are B & W or as close to B & W as you want to get (sometimes subdued colors can be as or more striking than pure B & W).

Cheers,
LHerrou
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Manvel N-YanCommented:
Amenoss,
Look here for a gimp tutorial for render your colored pic to b&w

http://www.gimpguru.org/Tutorials/Color2BW/

s0u|
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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
I use Irfanview, it is an easy to use freeware:
http://www.irfanview.de/
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lherrouCommented:
I recommend a points split, LHerrou (#13947756) and s0ul (#13950672)
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