How To Add Effects To Only Selected Parts Of A Photo / Image [Leaf Software]

Leaf is a free image editing software which lets you add effects like Sepia, Greyscale, etc to only selected parts of a picture. It is quite easy to use and does not require any professional skills to work with. All you need to do is to choose an effect, add a picture to the Leaf editor and specify the areas which should be left colorized with your selected effect. The available effects include Sepia, Greyscale and Negative. The colorized images can be saved in PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP and PDF format.

In this example, the selected parts of the below image will be transformed to Greyscale.

Original Image

First of all, right-click on the main interface and select an effect from right-click menu (such as Greyscale to give a black and white look to a picture). You can also select a brush size (big or small). After that, drag and drop the image over to the canvas or via Open from right-click context menu.

Right-click menu

The image will get loaded onto the canvas with the selected effect (e.g. Grey scale).


Now you can use the brush to bring back the original color for only the required portion of the picture.


Once you have transformed the image according to your liking, right-click the image to save it in any of the supported formats i.e. PNG, GIF, JPG, BMP or PDF.


Below comparison represents the changed applied to the original image to give it the black and white (Greyscale) look for only selected parts. Hence, using Leaf you can easily colorize any ordinary pictures to give it a stylish look. Having said that, you might find the color options a bit scarce in this application, the reason for this is that the developer of Leaf software has also created a paid application called  Pixo which offers more effects and advanced options. You can download the free Leaf software and Pixo from the developers website link given below.


Leaf works on

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7

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