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 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

  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.

  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.

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

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

  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

  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!

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

  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!


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