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Once again I am going back to one of my old favorite photo mods, colorized black and white photos. I have always loved the classy and often antique look of them. I will however be using a different technique this time. Just like you, I am always learning new stuff in photoshop, and this is my latest "stumble-upon".

Here is the photo I will begin with. Although we are using a Christmas theme, this will work with any photo at any time of the year.

Being it's December, I am looking to target the "reds" of this image to highlight. This technique is so simple, but viewed as an advanced modification.

After your image is open, click on the "Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer" icon at the bottom of the the layers palette.

Select "Hue/Saturation" from the fly out menu.

When the Hue/Saturation window pops up, select "Reds" from the Edit drop down menu.

Here are the values that I have in this window.

Here is the only tricky part. The -96 in the Saturation window is easy enough to obtain, but it is these numbers that you can not directly edit.

The only way to change these figures is to use their corresponding sliders. The following four images show each of the sliders and their corresponding numbers that they control.

You will want to play around with all of these sliders to get the desired effect that you are looking for. With these settings, here is how my picture looks now.

I am really liking the subtle reds and pinks of the cheeks and lips. When doing this shade of red, it also whitens up the teeth which is just an extra bonus.

Now this picture looks great as is, and is ready to send to all the relatives. I thought maybe it needed one more touch to make it extra special.

Using the Magnetic Lasso Tool, select the subject as shown below.

Right click on the selection and choose Feather with a radius of 5 pixels. You may have to play with this level depending on the resolution of your image. Next choose Select/Inverse from the top menu. This will select the background.

Making sure that your background is highlighted in the Layers Palette, select Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur. I am using a radius of 22 pixels. Hit Ctrl+D to deselect. Again, you might have to play around with this number depending on the pictures resolution and the exact effect you are looking for. This blurred background will really make your subject pop out. Here is what I came up with.

Here is a before and after. Happy Highlighting!!