I wanted to share a selfie of Jynx from Neko Ngeru Cat Cafe cafe. His photograph is black and white with a touch of fascinating colour for added fun. If you have a simple portrait of your own it will be perfect for this very short and simple tutorial.
If you are using a coloured digital photograph, remember you can turn it black and white using your app or computer software. The fun part is auditioning yur photographs to see which one you like best. Just keep it simple.
CAT CAFE UPDATE: The Cat Cafe hopes to be re-open in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, towards the middle of 2023.
Jynx The Tabby Cat Model
Jynx is a lovely tabby and white cat who settled into my local cat cafe’s environment quickly and made plenty of friends. He also posed very well for a cat.
I managed to get plenty of cute photos as Jynx settled in but wanted to show you this one because it is black and white, and also in portrait format. Holding a DSLR camera upright is not the natural way for you to hold a camera (try it and see, it feels a bit weird), but this can give you a different look for your cat photo. It’s a bit easier for a smartphone, so try that if it feels more comfortable for you as a camera user.
How To Add Green Eye Colour
Most photo apps and programs have something called a Lasoo or Freehand Selection Tool and this is the tool you use to create this effect. Your program might have a different name and you can usually find it by checking your manual or doing an online search.
- Duplicate your photo as a second layer**
- To make sure I defined Jynx’s eyes accurately I zoomed close (Cmd/Ctrl -/+) so that the eyes filled the screen.
- I used the Lasoo to outline the eye shape as carefully as I could
- Then I selected the Fill (Flood) tool to fill 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 trying and be amazed by the fun effect you get.
Why didn’t I crop the photo?
A good question. This is a portrait format photograph which is a little bit different from the standard rectangle people often find comfortable to use. And because I like it as it is, really. There is lots of space around and above Jynx. I think, personally, that the image 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.
Duplicating a Photo:
Most software has several ways for you to duplicate an image. For a quick exploration using this project use something quick and easy.