In this article, we’re going to show you how to create a beautiful accented image using Photoshop. A quick note before you go start: if you’re using a stock image, it’s important that you use an image that’s labeled for reuse and modification. Some images that you find online are licensed to be reused only, not modified. If you have your own image, then no need to worry: you can change the image as much as you like. Once you’ve chosen the image you’re going to be working with, you’re ready to get started.

#1 Firstly, open your image in Photoshop. Then duplicate the image in the layers section. Remove any background lighting, fog or blemishes in the background. I do this using the blur tool.

#2 Next, you’ll need to turn the colouring of the image to black and white. You can do this by navigating to the toolbar and choosing Image > Mode > Greyscale.

#3 Once you’ve completed this step, you will have two versions of the image, separated into two layers: the coloured layer (RGB image), and then the black and white image you’ve just created. You will be able to see both of the layers in the Layers section. Make sure that the black and white image is the top layer before you continue: in the next step you’ll be erasing parts of the black and white image that sits on top to allow areas of colour from the photo below to show through.

#4 Next, you’re going to use the eraser tool to slowly erase the black and white layer, in the areas of the image you want to colour. If you’re working with a tablet (for example a Lenovo ThinkPad or a Microsoft Surface) this part of the process will be easy to do; however, it’s simple enough to do on a standard desktop or laptop, so don’t worry if you don’t have one. I would recommend disabling the black and white layer on occasion to see how close you are to the edges. This is a fairly tedious and time-consuming process, but be patient: it must be done with care to get the best results!

When you’re finished working and you’re happy with the way the photo looks, navigate to ‘Layer’ on the toolbar, then go to ‘Flatten image’.

There you have it: you’ve created a beautiful accented image ready to use however you like. If you enjoyed this post, feel free to share!