How to colorize a black and white photo in Photoshop

colorize a black and white photo

Before the invention of color film, photographs were taken in a black and white film. Though after the invention of digital photography, the black and white photography (until it is taken deliberately) has been a story, still you may have a lot of old photos of your family and relatives in black and white mode. If you wish, you can transform the images into colorful photos in Photoshop. The image will be newer to look and your old memory can be fresh.

However, how to add color to a black and white photo? If you can edit photos in Photoshop, you can colorize photos by yourself at home. Just go through the tutorial content below and follow the steps described here.

  1. Open your image that you want to put color on and duplicate the layer to avoid the permanent damage.

open your image in Photoshop

  1. Select the parts of the image differently so that you can add different color on every part that it demands. You can choose any selection tool like the lasso tool, magic wand tool, etc. But we will use the Pen tool since it is used by the professional graphic designers.

pen tool

  1. Select the image part that you want to colorize using the Photoshop pen tool. Now press the Ctrl + Enter to get the portion selected and see the moving dashes.

select the parts of the images with pen tool

the part is selected

  1. Go to Adjustment layer from the bottom of the Layer panel. Click on the Solid Color from the dropdown. Choose the desired color and click on OK.

select the solid

add solid color


  1. Now go to Blending Option and get the Overlay instead of Normal. Finally, head over the outcome. If you need, re-adjust the color clicking in the Layer Thumbnail.

blending option overlay

result of blending option

  1. Do the same work for every part. For more perfect color photos, do fine-tuning with Hue/Saturation.

Output of our experiemtn.

In the way, you can add color to the photo. Here look at the result of our experiment for tutorial purpose. You can till enhance the image. Spend more time, you will get more perfect photos. If you cannot colorize the image as you want, contact us.

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