Original Color Image

In the days of film photography solarization resulted from extreme overexposure. A pseudo-solarization can be created in the darkroom by taking the picture normally and then during the development phase exposing the image for a few moments to white light.

With photoshop we can create similar solarized images. The process is to convert a normal color image to black and white and adjust the image so that there is reasonable contrast. In Photoshop the process is Filter/Stylize/Solarize and an image similar to a film produced solarized image will result.

Original Color Image
Color Solarised Image

In addition to color solarised images, images can also be converted to monochrome and then solarised. An example is shown below.

Image Converted to Monochrome
Monochrome solarised Image