Colorizing Black-and-White Photographs with Photoshop

with John Derry
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Colorizing Black-and-White Photographs with Photoshop
Video duration: 0s 2h 12m Intermediate


Want to bring old black-and-white photos into the present? Learn how to determine the color in old family or historic photos and accurately paint the color back in. John Derry shows you various methods in Adobe Photoshop to bring the photo back to life with color, using isolated selections, adjustment layers, and his free set of actions, which automate some of the colorization process for you. Plus, John's interactive, nondestructive workflow allows you to come back days or years later and make new adjustments to the image.

Topics include:
  • Importing John's colorization workspace and actions
  • Understanding resolution
  • Maximizing dynamic range
  • Using layers to manage color
  • Applying fine-tuned adjustments
  • Using the Brush and Pen tools to separate color regions
  • Tweaking color with Hue/Saturation
  • Using noise to add complexity
  • Applying global tonal adjustments and color correction
Design Photography


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm John Derry and welcome to Colorizing Black and White Photos with Photoshop. In this course, I'll show you how you can take an old black and white family photo or historical photograph and view it with new life. I'll introduce you to my interactive, non-destructive work flow. Using this work flow, you can make color adjustments in real time. When you save the Photoshop file you can come back to it in a day, a week, or a year later and continue to make non-destructive, color adjustments to the photo. I'll provide you with my colorizing actions to automate the creation of adjustable, colorizing layers, as well as add fractal noise into color areas, providing the photo with a sense of enhanced realism.

Colorization of old photos has become quite popular these days. This course will get you up and running and provide you with the skills necessary to create a convincing colorization. Now, let's get started with colorizing black and white photos with Photoshop.

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