Many times, it’s necessary to colorize a black and white image. To make it look genuine, this task can take a lot of time and talent.

Photoshop can assist with this task by utilizing AI technology called Adobe Sensei.

Sometimes Colorize will take us exactly where we need to go, and other times we will need to lead it and make some minor adjustments.

Right now, we’ll examine the procedure. As a side aside, this approach is also effective for photos with strong color casts or colored lighting, such those from a live event.

Dispatch the black-and-white picture.

Make sure the grayscale image you’re working with is in RGB color mode so it can accept color if you’re starting with one. RGB color mode for images

Pick Filter > Neuronal Filters.

Check out Colorize. To download the filter, click the Cloud symbol if you see one.


Turn on Colorize by clicking the button in the right of the panel

Photoshop uses AI to colorize the image.

At this point, it appears to be in good shape.

The hat’s front will have a small amount of color.

Click on the thumbnail, on the brim of the hat, where the  color is.

Click on the color swatch and choose black

And the hue is gone, leaving the hat a lovely shade of black.

I frequently get asked. “How does Photoshop determine the proper color for something?” Additionally, “What can I do if it’s a different color than I want”?

Simple—just click on the color swatch once more.

Pick a blue color this time.

Now it changes the hat to blue.

Try a different color, like green.

Watch how simple it is. The background may have also changed, as you may have observed. Let’s talk about that.

In the thumbnail, click the background. Yes! Pins can be added in multiples.

You’ll notice that it uses a different color for the background.

On the other side, place another pin in the upper right corner.

The color of the newly added pin will match that of the previously chosen pin.

See how we can colorize. I encourage you to experiment a bit with these pins, you can get interesting results with them.

For output choose Color Layer and click ok.

This develops a fresh Layer. Check out how color is selected as the Layer Blend mode.

The imperfections in the colors may have caught your attention. That can be fixed.

Since the image is in Color Blend mode, all we have to do is paint the layer with the proper color; otherwise, nothing will change.

Look at the spaces between the fingers and the neck. Let’s correct it.

To choose the Brush tool, press B.

Click on a patch of skin near the hand to sample the color you wish to use for the repair while holding down Alt or Option.

Paint over the area you want to fix on the top layer. Simple: just paint in the new shade.

It’s incredible to think that this picture was in black and white only a short while ago.

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