Colorize Black & White Photos.

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I did this tutorial in Photoshop CS3 Extended which is why some of you may have problems. However, that doesn't mean this tutorial won't work in other versions of Photoshop. Just try it out.

Have a black & white photo but want to color it? Well, m'dear, I will teach you how to do that. I will say this: this tutorial does take some work so be patient. The sexy Ewan McGregor will be my subject this time.
Here's the before:

Here's the after:

To coloring!

001.Open up that picture!

002.Now go into Quick Mask Mode. In order to do that, simply press Q or click on the button where your tools are.

003.Also make sure you have your Brush Tool (B) selected.

004.Okay here comes the hard part; Brush the first thing you want to change into color. Do not color the whole picture because then your whole picture will turn out one color. I did Ewan's shirt.

005.After you are done brushing the object, exit out of Quick Mask Mode by pressing Q again. Then go Select>Inverse.

006.There should be a selection around the object you just brushed right now. Next, go Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation.

007.Check off "Colorize" & play around with the settings to get the color you want.

008.After pressing ok, you'll notice your object will have color.

009.Repeat this process for the rest of the picture & voilĂ  you have colorized your B&W photo!

If you got lost or have any questions, comment the tutotial & I'll get back to you as soon as I can. :D

Tutorial Comments

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haha i always seem to have problems coloring b&w pics. this tutorial is too awesome--thanks alot. :)

By goth-nina on Nov 14, 2008 3:18 am

this awesome!!
i did it!! usually i have hard time following the tutorials on here. i'm still learning.

By RockstarWoo16 on May 30, 2008 5:46 pm

thanks for the tutorial! (:

By thrainboez on May 18, 2008 3:39 pm

Before you can use Hue/Saturation adjustment please change the picture mode to RGB. It won't work on Grayscale mode

By yo5ef on Apr 24, 2008 7:16 am

The Hue/Saturation isn't showing up for me as well when I try. It remains dim and cannot be selected. I figured I'd messed up somewhere along the way and so I decided to do it again, and repeat the process (carefully going step by step as you showed), and it still won't work. =/

By dotaquote on Apr 12, 2008 6:09 pm

i did it once with no trouble
but when i wanted to do another picture
the hue/saturation thing wouldn't show up
i did steps 1-5 but when i go to image>adjustments i can't click on it coz its gray.

help ?? =[

By letsgetfamousx on Mar 31, 2008 1:35 am

Tutorial Details

Author manny-the-dino View profile
Submitted on Mar 18, 2008
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Reviewer miyashu View profile
Approved on Mar 19, 2008