Sunday, February 3, 2008

Red Bleeding Hearts for Valentine's Day

These little red heart flowers seem to drip off the stem of this Red Bleeding Hearts plant. Forget roses-these little beauties should be the official flower of Valentine's Day! In honor of this holiday of love, I have digitally enhanced this color floral photograph
into this black and white photo with red tinted heart flowers. And I am going to tell you how to do it in Photoshop.

  • I always start by making a copy of my original so in case I make a mistake, I always have a back-up.
  • Next, with the magic wand tool, I outline all the red flowers or whatever I want to tint. Take your time with this part to get all areas you want selected. It can be tedious, but it pays off in the end.
  • Once the flowers are selected, invert the selection and desaturate the background. This will leave the flowers red and turn the background to black and white. If you didn't get your original selection right, then invert again and touch up any areas you need to and repeat process.
The process is really very easy and produces a great effect. But, if you don't want to do it yourself,
I have designed this photograph into Floral Valentine's Day Cards and Gifts
on my store. As always, a complete overview of my photography work can be found at

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