How did they do that – Creating contrast

Written by Marketing Staff

A unique way to make images pop is to contrast them. The staff at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla., combined the techniques of cut-out-backgrounds, color/black and white, drop shadows and repetition on several spreads, including this cross country spread featured in Caught Our Eye on page 38.

1. Bring the photo into Photoshop and change the the image mode to grayscale.

2. Outline the desired part of the image using the Magnetic Lasso tool.

3. Save selection as a clipped image.

4. Place the clipped image into InDesign using the Place command.

5. Click on the image and apply a drop shadow for a 3-D

As you can see, the directions are fairly simple. The tricky part is selecting which images to highlight and contrast using this effect.

2 Responses to “How did they do that – Creating contrast”

November 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm, Susan Evans said:

How do I take a color photo and make the majority of it black & white or grey scale while isolating one item to remain in color and/ or one item to be created in a single color?


December 09, 2009 at 3:12 pm, Evan Blackwell said:

Make sure your Foreground and Background colors are set to Black and White, respectively (shortcut is press the D key). Next, select your paintbrush and set the Mode on the paintbrush to Color. The Mode drop-down window is typically found on the tool bar along the top of the program window. Now, when you start to paint you should see the areas you paint turning to greyscale. You may need to adjust the paintbrush size in order to paint around details in the photo.


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