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No selective coloring, but keep your eyes peeled for limitations anyway. I'm unfamilar with other Photoshop programs.
> I didn't crop my image until I had all of the steps done, save for the texture layers (you'll see). I think the colors blend better when you wait.
> I chose a generally neutral picture - one with colors that didn't pop out in any one place. I also wouldn't recomment a highly saturated or red picture.
1. Sharpen the base layer (Filter+Sharpen+Sharpen). Use ctrl+shift+F and fade the sharpening to your liking. I used 60%.
2. Open a new Curves Layer:
3. Open up a new Color Balance Layer:
Midtones: 25, 14, 15
Shadows: 0, -11, 6
Highlights: 5, 4, -10
4. Open a Channel Mixer Layer:
Red: 108, -10, -2, 2
Green: 12, 70, 22, -4
Blue: -14, 16, 88, 4
5. Make a new Fill Layer using #210e2f, set to Exclusion at 100%
6. Make another Fill Layer using #f87670, set to Soft Light at 70%
7. Duplicate your base and drag to the top, set to Soft Light at 100%
8. Make a third Fill Layer using #fde689, set to Soft Light at 30%
9. Make a Fill Layer using #000033, set to Exclusion at 100%
10. Duplicate your base again, drag to the top and set to Screen at 40%
11. Create a new Hue+Saturation Layer:
Master: 0, 10, 0
Reds: 0, 10, 0
Yellows: 0, 8, 0
Greens: 15, -20, 25
Blues: 6, -3, 10
12. Last [official] step! Set a new Fill Layer using #e4e2e0 to Color Burn at 100%.
(opt) 13. To get the 'after' result I posted, use this texture by [???], set to Screen at 100%. Or you can use scratch textures for an old-photo effect.
These examples have lighter backgrounds, and the first has more red than I advise, so you know what either options would look like.