Many photo editors easily do selective color. I have done it in Apple’s Aperture 3 photo editing and management system. However, I did it the hard way. Turns out it is very easy to do. Lets start with a nice colorful image of some hot air balloons I photographed a few years ago at the Jamesville Balloonfest near Syracuse, New York.
In Aperture 3, pull up the Inspector HUD and using the Enhance brick, move the Saturation slider all the way to the left so it reads 0.0. This totally desaturates the color as seen below.
Now for the fun part. Clicking on the Enhance brick’s gear menu lets us select ‘Brush Enhance away’. Using the brush, I can now selectively remove any of the desaturated area in the image. I choose the balloons.
This took a lot less effort than the clunky way I was doing it. Now, for those who have Aperture 3, the video below will show each of the steps I described in this post. For those who do not have Aperture 3, check your photo editor’s manual, website, blog or user forums for how to do it. I bet it is not as hard you think.