50 Wonderful Black & White Photos with Partial Color Effects

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Black and white photographs are generally considered to be dull when we live in such a vibrant and colorful world. Luckily, by using photo editing software like Photoshop, we can easily add color where it’s missing to give a whole new meaning to what the viewer sees and feels for any given image.

For example, taking a black and white photograph and adding partial color effects to certain key points of the shot is one of the most popular techniques amongst professional photographers.

This technique allows you to transform dull and boring black and white images into mesmerizing works of art with just a hint of color. Take a look at the examples featured below and you will begin to understand why this partial color effect is so popular.

Take for example the Yellow City image. A normally busy intersection takes on a whole different meaning when all you immediately see is the taxi cabs. It can also highlight the passage of time and it does a great job of drawing our attention to the most important part of the photo, without it feeling like it is being drowned in the noise of the surrounding color. It can make the ordinary seem extraordinary. It can make us feel something more powerfully.

So without further ado, take a look at some of the best examples of black and white photos that use a splash of color. Use them as an inspiration and don’t forget to check out the related tutorials to help you recreate those effects in your own photos.


Buddha
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Buddha

In Wonderland
b and w shot coloring In Wonderland

A Greed
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects A Greed

Sleepwalker
b and w shot coloring Sleepwalker

Herbstblatt – fallen leaves
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Herbstblatt - fallen leaves

Colour my life with the chaos of trouble
b and w shot coloring Colour my life with the chaos of trouble

Sunset after the rain selective colour
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects sunset after the rain selective colour

Princess
b and w shot coloring Princess

Times Past By
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Times Past By

Love
b and w shot coloring Love

Waiting on a cool breeze!
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Waiting on a cool breeze!

Ladybug
b and w shot coloring Ladybug

Bird Eyes
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Bird Eyes

Banana
b and w shot coloring Banana

Dewy Pine Leaf Uncurling
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Dewy Pine Leaf Uncurling

Telephone in Selective Colour
b and w shot coloring Telephone in Selective Colour

Chondro Selective Color
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Chondro Selective Color

The Boat & The Castle
b and w shot coloring The Boat & The Castle

Rim & Caliper on 427R Roush Mustang
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Rim & Caliper on 427R Roush Mustang

El Vendedor de Colores
b and w shot coloring El Vendedor de Colores

Torre de los vientos
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Torre de los vientos

Walk This Way
b and w shot coloring Walk This Way

A place to rest
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects A place to rest

Racing Rainbow
b and w shot coloring Racing Rainbow

Gateway Cup St. Louis
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Gateway Cup St. Louis

Colors in B&W
b and w shot coloring Colors in B&W!

Kiss Kiss Love
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Kiss Kiss Love

Yellow City
b and w shot coloring Yellow City

Fighting to stay alive
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Fighting to stay alive

Montenvers
b and w shot coloring Montenvers

Magie Poppins
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Magie Poppins

Orange bicycle
b and w shot coloring Orange bicycle

We all livin’ in a blue tractor
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects We all livin' in a blue tractor

HHP Homecoming Football
b and w shot coloring HHP Homecoming Football

Viento State Park
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Viento State Park

Red Seat
b and w shot coloring Red Seat

Butterfly
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects 529

Goalkeeper
b and w shot coloring Goalkeeper

Black and Blue
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Black and Blue

Ground Squirrel
b and w shot coloring Ground Squirrel

Romabikepolo
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Romabikepolo

Boston1
b and w shot coloring Boston1

Leaves
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Leaves

Catlick
b and w shot coloring Catlick

Dandelion Taraxacum
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Dandelion Taraxacum

MyFest
b and w shot coloring MyFest

Cold drink. Hot day
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Cold drink. Hot day

A Little Red Car
b and w shot coloring A Little Red Car

Cockerel
black and white photograph and adding partial color effects Cockerel

Red Bridge
b and w shot coloring Red Bridge

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