Written by Marjorie

Adding a Touch of Colour in a Monochrome Cat Photo

Adding a Touch of Colour in a Monochrome Cat Photo

I wanted to share a selfie of Jynx, who is new to the cat cafe. His photograph is black and white with a touch of colour for added fun.

Would any of your photographs respond to this interesting technique? It wasn’t hard to do, let me tell you how.

Green-eyed Jynx

Black and white photography has captured my attention throughout October and I am reading a lot about it so you can see if this style will work for you.

Jynx is a lovely tabby and white cat who settled into the cafe environment really quickly! I managed to get some photos but wanted you to see this one because it is black and white, and also in portrait format.

a touch of colour for a black and white tabby cat
(c) Jynx the black and white tabby.

How To Add Green Eyes

Most photo apps and programs have something called a Lasoo. Your program might have a different name and you can usually find it by checking your manual or doing an online search.

To make sure I defined Jynx-s eyes I zoomed close so that the eyes filled the screen. Then I used the Lasoo to outline the eye shape as carefully as I could, then used a fill (flood) tool within the boundary of the area I had drawn.

You may need to try it a few times if you have not done this before but keep going!

Why didn’t I crop the photo?

A good question. Because I like it as it is really.

There is lots of space around and above Jynx. I know, this might have looked odd had he been looking off to one side or directly at the camera but, because he is looking slightly upwards, for me the photograph works.

A touch of colour fun

Best of all, I drew carefully around the eyes with a lasso tool and shaded Jynx’s eyes green! here are other ways to change the eye colour, or anything in a photo and I will report on those soon!

What do you think of the portrait of Jynx?

Marjorie

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

21 thoughts on “Adding a Touch of Colour in a Monochrome Cat Photo”

  1. I love adding color to a black and white photo! Many times, I find a photo of the girls where the color is off, so I change it to black and white. I try to add green to fill in their eyes. Love the result

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  2. That’s a beautiful photo Marjorie. Jynx has a very expressive face. I wouldn’t have cropped the shot either. Adding the color to his eyes really makes it stunning.

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  3. You did a great job! I’m glad you didn’t crop it, I like the way it is too. I also love that you made the watermark the same shade of green.

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    • If you are lucky enough to have a digital tablet. I suspect you can do amazingly detailed work.

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  4. He is so handsome and turning his eyes green just made him more handsome and the photo is so intriguing. Love it

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  5. Wow, you did a great job! His beautiful green eyes look totally natural, you can’t tell at all that the photo’s been edited. I love it.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  6. Wow! How did you do that with a lasoo, and still make those lovely eyes look so real?
    When I ‘color’, there is no shading, the color I choose is the same for the whole section I choose.

    Jynx is so handsome!

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  7. We like this photo a lot, Marjorie! It’s so dramatic, and really makes handsome Jynx’s eyes stand out.

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  8. With or without the added colour, the image is a delight. But the colour adds an extra dimension that makes it even more appealing. Bravo!
    This was something that the Victorians did to a lot of their images too, to great, and occasionally not so great effect. Thank goodness for camera tech!
    Purrs
    ERin

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