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How to selectively apply color to black-and-white photos in Snapseed

Want to add a pop of color to black & white images in Snapseed? Here’s how.

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Have you ever seen a black and white picture with a small splash of color? I bet the colored area against the black and white must have drawn your attention.

Want to learn the easiest way to create a similar picture for yourself? This technique is called “Selective Coloring.” In this blog post, we will take you through the process of applying a splash of color in black-and-white photos using Snapseed (Photo editing app for Android and iOS).

Selective coloring helps in identifying the primary subject of the photo. The contrast of black and white with a color appears to be complicated, but can be done in simple, easy steps. So without further delay, let’s start coloring a picture in Snapseed.

Selectively apply color to black-and-white photos in Snapseed

1. Download (AndroidiOS) and install the Snapseed app on your smartphone.

2. Launch the app.

3. Tap on the big plus icon, and it will take you to phone gallery.

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Here select the photo on which you want to apply the color.

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4. When the selected photo opens up, switch to the Tools option available at the bottom. This will show you all the photo editing tools available in the app.

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You can use any out of them to fine-tune the image. In this case, the selected photo is perfect for adding color, then tap on the Black & White tool to continue the process.

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This will turn the color photo in Snapseed into a black and white picture.

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Here you will get six different filters which you can use to fine-tune the image. To apply the filter, tap on Tick icon available at bottom-right side.

5. In the next screen, you need to tap Layer setting icon available at the top.

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After that, tap on the View edits option at the bottom.

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Here, you will see the View edits window available at the bottom of the Snapseed app.

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You need to tap on the Black & White filter and then choose the Stack brush icon.

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In the next window, you need to tap on the Invert icon. After that, reduce black & white parameters to zero.

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Next tap on the Mask icon. This will turn the entire photo to a red tint. Use your finger and selectively color the particular part of the picture as you desire.

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Double tap on the picture to zoom in and out. This way you can increase and decrease the brush size. So if you want to paint a small area, zoom in to reduce the brush size.

Did you make a mistake? No problem, increase the Black and White parameter and again paint the red tint of the mask.

Once done with selective coloring, tap on the Check or Tick icon to finish the editing. After that tap on the Export -> Save. This will save the picture to phone gallery.

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That’s it!

This is what I managed to achieve using this steps in Snapseed:

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There are other applications available that users can use to do Selective coloring, but Snapseed offers the same thing in quick, easy steps.

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