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Old 11-27-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Chciago
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I just recently started getting interested in and playing around with editing photos in picasso or picassa or whatever its called.

I've been playing with the soft focus, making things b&w, etc.

I have some pictures from trips to jamaica and wanted to get a poster blown up for my gf's new place.

I have a pretty close up picture of a hibiscus. I made the background soft focus. What I'd like to do is leave the flower in color but make the background b&w. Is this possible to do in picasso?

Is there any free program where I could do this? I really dont want to buy photoshop.

Thanks.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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I just recently started getting interested in and playing around with editing photos in picasso or picassa or whatever its called.

I've been playing with the soft focus, making things b&w, etc.

I have some pictures from trips to jamaica and wanted to get a poster blown up for my gf's new place.

I have a pretty close up picture of a hibiscus. I made the background soft focus. What I'd like to do is leave the flower in color but make the background b&w. Is this possible to do in picasso?

Is there any free program where I could do this? I really dont want to buy photoshop.

Thanks.
adobe elements is excellent and will do everything you need but its not free.
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Old 11-27-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Try:
Digitalphotoguide.net Tutorial Selective black and white using Picasa | Digital Photo Guide
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Picasa doesn't have the control to isolate something with with a complete shape like a flower, you could do a circle around the flower in color with the rest b&w, but getting just the flower will be difficult.

You can do just the flower with Paint.NET or GIMP they're both free, GIMP does a bit more but is harder to use.
Paint.NET - Free Software for Digital Photo Editing
GIMP - for Windows
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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You can download free trials of Photoshop, Lightroom, Corel Paint shop and a few others and use those. They give you 30 days to play with 'em so it's a pretty nice deal.
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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i just downloaded wed the trial of elements 9.0...its nice. except for the smart healing brush not much reason to upgrade if you have 8.0
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Foto Sketcher is free... takes some fiddling with to get what you want. Does B&W & Color

http://www.fotosketcher.com/
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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I just recently started getting interested in and playing around with editing photos

I've been playing with the soft focus, making things b&w, etc.

I have a pretty close up picture of a hibiscus. I made the background soft focus. What I'd like to do is leave the flower in color but make the background b&w. Is this possible to do in picasso?

Is there any free program where I could do this?
Since you want to start editing photos and you want software which is free, you might as well start learning to use GIMP, it is powerful, it is free, there is a lot of support. You can get it here: GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program



Rich
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