Photoshop Elements 3 Tutorial
Colorize Photo Effects
Black and white photos with colorized areas is a popular photographic effect that you can do digitally. First open a photo in Elements and duplicate the layer (ctrl + shift + n) or drag the background layer into the 'create a new layer' icon on the layers palette.
Making sure the new layer is active, use 'Enhance | adjust color | remove color' from the drop down menu to turn the background copy to black and white.
Select the erasure tool at 100% opacity and erase out the areas of the black and white layer to reveal the colors underneath. You could also use the polygonal lasso tool to select the area and then just delete that area as an alternative but you'll find erasing much quicker for the same end result.
To tint just an area of the photo, select the tint color in the foreground, use the polygonal lasso tool to select the area, then choose "Layer | New Fill Layer | Solid Color' and change the opacity slider on the layers palette to about 40%.
These are easy quick change effects for your photos. Experiment with other settings to see what great effects you can create.