The seed for this idea came from seeing @arlanamcbear’s take on the color splash assignment, and when the idea was seconded in a comment by Andrew Forgrave, I had to do it. The scene comes from the Twilight Zone episode “The Lonely”, where a convict is serving a 50 year sentence in solitary on an asteroid. The sympathetic commander of the supply ship drops of a female android to keep him company. I liked this shot because she’s relatively motionless except for the blink, so it has easy GIFfing possibilities.
I used QuickTime Player on my Mac to capture a screen recording of the segment of the episode. I brought the recording into Photoshop through FIle->Import->Video Frames to Layers, then deleted a lot of frames until I was down to eight.
I made a new layer at the top of the layer stack and used the lasso tool to select around her lips. Then I filled that with a reddish color, and played with the layer blending and opacity until I thought it looked okay. Emboldened by my success, I moved on to her hair, then her skin. That part was a little tricky because I didn’t want to give her skintone eyeballs. So with her face area selected, I deselected the eye area by holding down the option key as I made a second selection path around each of her eyes. I was a little worried about how that might look when she blinked, but it’s a small area and a quick movement so I thought it would be okay. If you freeze the frame where her eyes are closed, the uncolored area just looks like eye shadow.
Then I decided I wanted to freeze the male character. I took the top layer of the stack and copied and pasted it into a new image. I cut a hole out of it where she was, using the lasso tool with a feather setting of 3 px to soften the edges, and then pasted what was left into a new layer at the top of the stack on my original file.