How to Use Photoshop to Colorize a Black and White Photo

In this quick video tutorial Howard Pinsky demonstrates how to improve a rather mundane B&W image and add some colors to it.

Pinsky goes into the process of selection (which is the hard part) and coloring. He starts by converting the image into a CMYK (which tend to give better results),  continue with selection and refine selection and then use a curve adjustment layer and repeat this of all selections.

One thing we noticed in this particular image was that the clouds got an unnatural blue color together with the sky – this might require a bit more work to fix than this short video.

We have actually looked on a few occasions into adding color into B&W images including “how to add Splashes of Color in Black and White Photos in 60 Seconds using Photoshop Elements” as well as “How to Do Selective Color Manipulation in Photoshop“. You can also find many more B&W related videos on our image editing channel.

You can check out more of Pinsky’s videos on our Photoshop Channel here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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