Software: Ulead PhotoImpact 12
Author: MaryLou White
Home Page: Wishing Well Tutorials

Title: Color Spots Plus
Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Files:
Optional: Photo #1 Photo #2
To use these photos, click on link, then right-click to save to your computer.

Description: Use spots of color to emphasize the central focus of your photos. This tutorial will show you two different methods to get some very dramatic results on a monochrome background with a minimum of effort.

PhotoImpact 12 has several preset work modes. For this tutorial, we will be using the Full Edit mode so all of the tools in PhotoImpact will be available to you.

As you work, use your mouse to drag this along with you to mark your place.


You can use my photos by clicking the links above or use one of your own choosing.
  1. Open PhotoImpact, then open your image in PhotoImpact.

  2. Click on the Standard Selection Tool and select the Lasso Tool. This will cause the menu attributes on the top of the screen to change.

    Set the parameters on the menu attribute bar as shown below:

  3. Using the Lasso Tool, click around the outside edges of the object in which you want to preserve the color. Use small clicks and go all the way around.

    When you get back to the beginning point, double-click to join the beginning and end.

  4. Your image will show a node for each click you make. You can use the mouse pointer (it will change to a finger) to move a node to make corrections once the lines have been joined. When satisfied, either double-click the image or click the Finish option (check mark) on the menu bar. This will change the nodes to a selection.

  5. While your image is still selected, Right-Click\Convert to Object. To unselect, Press the Enter key. Be careful not to move the image.

  6. On the menu, select Photo\Enhance\Monochrome. Your image should now look like the one at the top of this page with a monochrome backround and the focal point in full color.

  7. Right-Click\Merge All. On the menu, select Web\Image Optimizer. and save your image as .gif or .jpg.

Here are some other examples using this technique:

Artwork By Debbie Hardisty

Artwork By Tricia


You can also get an interesting effect by using white to paint out the colors that you don't want.
  1. Select the Colorizer Pen (see example) and set the attribute bar as shown. Use white (black works too!) to paint out all of the colors surrounding the duck. Adjust your brush size as needed. If you paint out too much, just use your undo key. You can add colors back as well to highlight other areas in your image.

You're invited to join the PIRC Fourm! This is an active PhotoImpact Forum where you'll find a wonderful group of warm, friendly, talented, and knowledgeable people who are ready and willing to share their expertise with you. There are creative activities for all levels of PhotoImpact users. This forum is 100% free and everyone is welcome.

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