How to Colorize a Black and White Photo in Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to add color back into an old, black and white photograph. It’s a lot of fun scanning and colorizing old family portraits, or bringing vintage photos into the modern world.

There are a few different techniques to colorize a black and white image, but the methods in this tutorial will be 100% non-destructive, meaning your original image stays intact, and you can go back and make adjustments without having to start from scratch.

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20 Thoughts on “How to Colorize a Black and White Photo in Photoshop

  1. Do Graph on December 30, 2017 at 7:09 pm said:

    Wow nice Job, everyone will be learn from this tutorial, great work,I think I m also learn from this video, Thank you sir for share with us a great tutorial.
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  2. *9:34** lol*

  3. Jowan Mckend on January 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm said:

    it wont let me set the blend mode to overlay as it’s greyed out

  4. Martynas Globys on January 19, 2018 at 4:51 pm said:

    4:37 WHAT IS THAT?!

  5. Mr Penguin on January 21, 2018 at 3:49 pm said:

    I colorized the titanic, thanks

  6. Greg Derozier on January 23, 2018 at 8:47 pm said:

    How to destroy a historic document.

  7. Znauts on January 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm said:

    Why when i select solid color, it doesn’t change the color, its just black and white still?

  8. annastina on February 1, 2018 at 12:25 am said:

    Had a hard time to understand this technique but now I do, thanks so much for good and and clear instructions!

  9. Thomas Kar on February 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm said:

    It is very interesting how you deselect the eye with Q. I cannot find my right example so I hope you can help. Do you know how to paint a Caucasian male on photoshop by using paint brush with different colors. Like painting the base skin tone or other color and then add some different varieties dark & light of color with the color mode of course. Thanks

  10. Yasir Imam on February 5, 2018 at 6:39 am said:

    I could not be able to overlay overlay option is off I don’t know what to do

  11. Shinku Sugiro on February 15, 2018 at 4:40 am said:

    The color doesn’t change at all, it only becomes lighter or darker, I did everything in the tutorial. Pls. Help.

  12. Juan Pablo Forero on February 17, 2018 at 1:37 am said:

    Wonderful tutorial, easy to follow even for people with no much experience like me. The photo ended being marvelous, I even colored the medals.

  13. Dimitriy Mirovsky on February 17, 2018 at 10:58 am said:

    this is not challenging. Please do a panorama image instead. Which have smoke, explosion and fire in background.

  14. serpe7gk on February 17, 2018 at 1:04 pm said:

    Very helpful, thank you!

  15. Muhammad Usman on February 28, 2018 at 5:01 am said:

    veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy nice vedio

  16. Muhammad Usman on February 28, 2018 at 5:02 am said:

    kabl e taref

  17. hete alo on March 3, 2018 at 1:13 pm said:


  18. Pine Woods on March 7, 2018 at 8:05 pm said:

    This helped me finish the assignment. Thanks!

  19. Edward Gelenter on March 9, 2018 at 2:27 am said:

    I’m having some trouble with this when I pull a black and white image off the internet.

  20. Abdul kareem on March 10, 2018 at 12:27 am said:

    Great !

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