How To Colorize Black And White Photos In Photoshop

by dementialstudio - 09-09-2018, 05:04 AM
May 2017
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Posted: 09-09-2018, 05:04 AM
Coloring a photo isn’t nearly as hard as you might think. In fact, it can be achieved in three simple steps using Photoshop.
Read on for a basic method of how to colorize black and white photos, followed by some tips for building on this technique to create more stylized and dramatic results.
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Step 1
Once your photo is open, create a new layer above the photo. Name this layer after the color you want to use (we’ll call this one “Skin Tone”) and set the Layer Blend mode to Color.
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Step 2
Use a brush with a super soft edge to paint the areas you want to color with this layer. Colors in real life are mixtures of many other colors, never just one alone. Using a soft edge blends your colors together, so as you build on each layer, this helps to mix them.
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Step 3
From this point, its basically step and repeat. The idea is that you layer more and more colors on top of one another, each in its own layer.
**Color tips**
Your color doesn’t have to be exactly correct from the beginning. Instead, draw out where the color will go, try to get a color close to what you want, then hit Command+U to pull up the Color/Saturation window. Here, you can adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness.
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Once you get the basics, you can start to play around with how you color your file. For example, instead of using just one color for skin tones, try using a base color for your skin, then a darker version of that color for shadows, which you can add in another layer above your base. Follow that with a third layer of a lighter color than your base for the highlights.
You can also select only certain parts of the photo to color and leave others black-and-white. Below, you can see what happens when you play with selected areas of color. This (as well as the header image) both use a style made popular by the comic book/film series Sin City.
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Keep experimenting and see all the different variations you can create

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Posted: 09-09-2018, 01:19 PM
Thank you ! Keep up the good work! This was such an informative tutorial!
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