Colorize your old black and white photos for a unique and personal touch?

Colorize your old black and white photos for a unique and personal touch?

If you’ve ever wanted to colorize an old black and white photo but weren’t sure how to go about it, this guide will show you how. This guide is meant to be a starting point. I’ll show you the basics of how to colorize a black and white photo in Photoshop, but it’s up to you to get creative and experiment with different colors and effects to create something truly unique.

Choose the Right Photo:

Not all photos are created equal. Some photos are much easier to colorize than others. When choosing a photo to colorize, look for photos that have good contrast between the subject and the  background. An online colorization photo with a lot of shadows or a very busy background will be more difficult to colorize.

Start With the Layers Panel:

Open the photo you’ve chosen in Photoshop and select the Layers panel.If the Layers panel is not visible, click Window > Layers.

Duplicate the Background layer:

Click the Background layer in the Layers panel and press cmd + j on your keyboard (ctrl + j on a PC). This will duplicate the Background layer.

What You’ll Need?

To colorize a black and white photo, you’ll need a few things:

  • A black and white photo that you want to colorize
  • A computer with an internet connection
  • A photo editing program like Photoshop, GIMP, or

Finding a Photo:

The first step is to find a black and white photo that you want to colorize. This can be a photo of a family member, friend, or even a historical figure.

Scanning or Downloading the Photo:

Once you’ve found the photo, you’ll need to scan it or download it onto your computer. When you select “pixels,” the window will change, and you will be asked to put in the new dimensions of your photo. You will want to change the number in the “Horizontal” box to “400.” The number is in the “Vertical” box.

Editing the Photo:

Now it’s time to open the photo in your editing program and start to colorize it! There are a few  different ways to do this, but we’ll show you one method that is fairly simple.

Adding Color:

To start adding color, you’ll need to create a new layer in your editing program. On this new layer, start  by painting over the areas that you want to be colorized. You can use a solid color, or go for a more realistic look by adding shades and shadows.

Finishing Up:

Once you’re happy with the way your photo looks, you can save it and share it with your friends and family.  If you want to make a change to your photo, you can go back to the editing page and make any adjustments that you want.


We hope you found this guide helpful! Colorizing old black and white photos can be a fun and unique way to add a personal touch to your photos.

Criss Roman