I have Elements and do not have a 'History Brush'.
The principle is still the same.
I would create a new layer, then obtain the effect I want for the background across the whole picture, then add a Layer Mask (probably called something different in PSP but the Help file should show you) then simply paint in the areas I want to retain the colour in. The same method as hssutton only without the specidfic tool.
THe advantage of doing this over making a Selection and inverting it is a smoother transition. I have (personally)never been able to fully master the 'Feather' feature so that it gives me exactly what I want.
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