How to add color to a black and white photo in photoshop?

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This article will guide you to adding color to a black and white photo in photoshop with example.

Table of contents

  • Created a new page
  • Add a new image in photoshop.
  • Add a Black & White adjustment layer.
  • Prepare to paint.
  • Set the foreground color.

Let’s start with the first step.

Learn how to convert photos to black and white in Photoshop.Then bring color back to part of the photo for drama and focus.

Step 1: Created a new page.

To add a new page guide an article: How to add new page in photoshop?

Photoshop, New, Page

Step 2: Add a new image in photoshop.

Click the Open button in Photoshop’s Start Screen or choose File -> Open. Then select the photo and click Open.

How to add images in photoshop?

Photoshop, Open, Folder

Step 3: Add a Black & White adjustment layer.

Click the Adjustments panel tab or choose Window -> Adjustments to open the Adjustments panel. Then click the Black & White adjustment icon in the Adjustments panel.

Photoshop, Adjustment

A new Black & White adjustment layer appears in the Layers panel, causing the photo on the layer below to change to black and white.

Photoshop, Black-and-white

Then click the Auto button in the Properties panel (Window -> Properties). In the sample photo, this brightens areas that were yellow in the original photo and darkens areas of other colors, giving the black and white version more tonal contrast.

Photoshop, Properties

Step 4: Prepare to paint.

Select the Brush tool in the Tools panel. Open the Brush picker in the Tool Options bar and change the Size and Hardness of the brush tip. The values you choose depend on the photo. For the sample photo, try Size: 100 px and Hardness: 50%.

Photoshop, Brush

Step 5: Set the foreground color.

Go to the color boxes at the bottom of the tools panel to set black as the color to paint with. First click the small default colors icon above the color boxes. Then click the double-pointed arrow icon to switch to black as the Foreground Color. To zoom in the image in Photoshop (Ctrl +), to zoom out (ctrl -) press the keywords. You can resize the tip of the brush while you are painting. Press the [(left bracket) key on your keyboard to shorten the brush tip. Press the ] (right bracket) key to enlarge the tip of the brush.

Photoshop, Foreground

Finally, We have created color black and white photo in photoshop.

Photoshop, Black-and-white-image

When you follow the above steps then it will create color to a black and white photo and it will show in photoshop.

Thanks for reading…

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