I have a color photo I have scanned in and converted to b/w. I want to select a portion of the color version and place it on the b/w but I can't seem to do it. Any help?? Also, I have cropped the picture into an oval, how would I make the edge have a dropped shadow? Thanks
#2. "RE: color on, or in b&w" In response to Reply # 1
Also an option is to duplicate the layer, and desaturate the copy (the one on top) then to gently erase the area that you want in color, as that will expose the colored layer underneath.
this offers a slight bit more control than using masks, as you can retouch and undo with a bit more accuracy.
about the oval cropping.. oval crops are often quite hard to work with, unless you're willing to work with an image cropped on transparency instead of a colored (often black) background. You could add a dropshadow, or you can fade the edges to the background color by selecting the background color (with either the magic wand, or with with a low fuzzyness if it's a color not used in the rest of the image), growing the mask a slight bit, and then applying a gaussian or for a more accurate (those that takes a few times to get the right one) radial zoom blur.
#3. "RE: color on b/w photo" In response to Reply # 0
Salt Lake City, US
If you're trying to cut a color piece and paste it into a greyscale converted image file, the pasted object will be converted to greyscale as well.
The solution is to set your greyscale image back to RGB or CMYK colorspace so that the image type can support color layers. The base image will stay greyscale since the image lost color content but the file will now allow you to have full color, not just a palette of greys.
Let me know what software you're using and I'll try to give you an easy drop shadow procedure...