Photoshop Elements 2020 Colorize Photo Tool – Photoshop Elements Colorize Black and White Photo

Hi I’m George Peirson and in this video I’ll be showing you how you can use the new Colorize Photo tool in Photoshop Elements 2020 to go from a black-and-white picture like this over to a colored picture like that. I’ll then show you how you can take this over to the expert mode and go even further and adjust specific color areas, there we go, like his jacket over here and this man’s shirt on the right hand side. There’s before and there’s after. You can also use that particular technique to colorize photos even if you don’t have Photoshop Elements 2020. Don’t forget to take a moment and hit that Like button, and the Share button as well. Also don’t forget to Subscribe. I do several videos every single week, mostly on Photoshop Elements and Photoshop and you can learn a lot more about Photoshop Elements and even the new brand new Photoshop Elements 2020 with my training courses, and there are links for that right down there in the description. Okay let’s get to it Here’s the basic black and white image and we’ll be using the new Photoshop Elements 2020 Colorize Photo tool to add color into this, and I’ll show you a few tricks to get the best results from that tool. So we’ll start off by going up here to the enhance menu that’s where you gonna find this and right down here colorize photo right there is click on that it then opens up the colorize photo workspace now if your image is not in RGB format it will ask you to convert that just choose okay it will then analyze the image find the different parts of the picture and then colorize those plus give you four different choices over here on the right-hand side there’s a kind of a muted color there’s a more vibrant color right here which I usually like better and then a couple of cooler so I have to warm choices and two cool choices there that one is it takes a minute for it to re figure everything now if I choose okay right down here minutes do that for you real fast choose okay it brings the colorized version in as a brand new layer over here with no options for adjustments so you have to do all of your main adjustments before you get to this point so just delete that and I’ll get back to that tool again yeah that’s enhance colorize photo let it figure it out will let it think about this for a minute and will then choose that second option again I normally like that more saturated version in most cases there we go let’s go to the saturated version right down here give it a moment to refigure on that one and bring our colors back in again there it is okay now if we analyze this we’ll see a few glaring problems one is his ear right over here the part is this face here it’s kind of a different color from this part of the face this hand really isn’t colored and this part of this jacket and down here that’s not colored either and over here this ear isn’t colored and part of his hand isn’t colors a lot of little problems in here I’ll take care of the major ones and show you the process and won’t bother doing everything in this photo I’ll just take too much time but I’ll show you the process on how to improve the basic colorization well you need to do is go up here it says auto and manual click on the manual side and that brings you into the manual mode and I need to select the part that you want to change so you have two options here the quick selection tool or the magic wand I usually prefer the quick selection tool in most cases you make a new selection add to your selection or subtract from your selection and you can change your brush size right there that looks like that’s okay so let’s just do his ear over here I’ll come in and I’ll brush into the ear just like that and this add to and also I can grab that tip of that notice while I’m at it and that little bit of the side of this face right there okay that’s what we need to adjust in here once you have your selection made come down to the droplet tool all this does is it tells Photoshop Elements that you’ll want to make this selection into a new color zone so light does it just kind of selects that now down below here you can choose all kinds of colors I will normally ignore all of this angle right for that eyedropper tool right there click on that and then make a selection someplace in the mid to light areas of the color that you want to match so I’ll choose right there it’s kind of just to the right and below that light spot give it a second to think about it there it goes it did its thinking now if you’re happy with that you’re fine if you’re not happy just choose a little different spot click again and let it rethink you’ll see it change there it is little rethought I think that’s looking pretty good now to see it without these little lines around it just go back to the auto mode and see how it looks ok that looks pretty good we fixed that area let’s now take care of the jacket down here that’s this part and this bit right down there back to the manual mode back to our selection brush choose new because we’re making a new selection at this point and let’s come in and try to grab this jacket there’s our selection I need to get rid of that bit here let’s go up to subtract and I’ll subtract that bit of the shirt right there ok so just these two parts of the jacket that’s good back to the droplet tool click inside there there’s your new droplet grab the eyedropper tool and then again somebody sin they mid to light range on the color you want to copy let it think about it for a minute and that looks pretty good and then back to auto and see how we look ok last thing I think I’ll change in this video is this hand over here so it matches that hand more closely back in manual mode back to the quick selection tool make sure we’re on new there you go and it’s coming Nick it’ll suction right in there that looks fine I can maybe try to add a bit more the fingers down there there we go that looks good ok back to drop a tool click inside of that selection back to the eyedropper tool and let’s choose something from this hand up here kind of a needle mid to light range let it think about it there we go and that looks like that’s a pretty good match back to auto mode and there we go okay the hands are fixed we took care of several problems in here and this is a pretty good-looking image at this point could be better I could you know equalize out the colors in his face up here I could get this ear over here and down around here on the hand but all in all it’s a pretty good image at this point in most cases this would be usable let’s say though you wanted to make the blue in the jacket bluer and you wanted to make this shirt in here better I can try doing that over here but I’d like to have more control over that we can do that over in the expert mode so you get to this point when you’re happy with this it’s as good as you can get it just click on OK it takes us over into expert mode as a new layer so you have two layers your black and white layer and your new colorized layer let’s now take a look at this jacket and do a better job on the Jack the blue parts of the jacket what we’ll do is we’ll go over and grab a selection tool click on new selection I’ll be using the quick selection tool just like we just did over in the colorized photo tool and I’ll just select in here and try to get just this part of the jacket that I want to have blue so let’s pull around now if it gets too much we’ll take that out in just a bit let’s just get everything included first and then we’ll take out what shouldn’t be in there that’s pretty good and a little bit right up in there now go over here to subtract and let’s subtract out the stuff we don’t want which is that bit and down here the grass area right in there okay there’s just that Jack you left so I have a selection now with just that jacket just the blue part of the jacket so we’re on our color layer make a new layer above that there’s your new layer and then click this button right here this is the add layer mask what that gives you is a layer mask that just shows just the parts in that selection now double click on the transparent side the left-hand side grab the eyedropper tool over here and then find something kind of in the range you want to push your colors towards it’s not going to be the actual color you want it’s just going to be close something over here somewhere maybe you can click around a little bit I’m watching my colors over there I want to find something has a fair amount of color in it I guess that’s kind of okay right there it’s really gray we’ll fix that right now now we have a basic color selection from our color area click on that color picker it brings it up here we can now take this as our starting point if I go up it gets lighter if I go to the right it gets more saturated so I’ll go to the right a bit I want more saturation in there and I want a little bit lighter so I’ll say up and here someplace there’s a real lot of blue right there too much is better than too little so a little more is better than a little less in this particular case choose okay it gives us a nice blue color in here again this is based on but exaggerated from the existing colors now take your paint bucket tool just click any place in the page does matter where you click and what that does is it fills that whole left hand side with that color and then that’s limited by the layer mask on the right hand side we now need to blend this into the picture again not a solid color but blended in the existing colors nuts with your blend modes right up here come down to the soft light and that should do a pretty good job for it and there we go there’s our nice blue exaggerator from the existing so here it is without and there’s with our new additional blue color now if that’s too much all you have to do is back down on the opacity just pull us down a little ways that kind of blends it in with the existing colors and I think right about there looks very natural so there we go about halfway about fifty percent so there’s before that was their selection there’s my selection just a little bit more color in that area let’s do the exact same thing over here on this shirt so you see this whole process one more time come down to the background copy layer right there your color layer back to our selection tool again we’re using the quick selection set this add new selection you can kind of see the brush slider you can change your brush size right down here I think a smaller brush is better than a larger brush with a quick selection tool and this just start coming in here and pulling a select for the shirt now once you’ve pulled in one selection you want to add more to it make sure you’re on here where it says add should say new there and then add here this says new and it’s over here make sure you click on here against that says add he’ll then add in our next bit right there notice brought in too much of the jacket over here so let’s go to the next option which is subtract and just take out just that little bit right there so we now have a selection of just this part of the shirt that’s all looking good same exact trick just make a new layer click on the add layer mask button and it gives you a new layer with just that part showing just that shirt shown go back to the eyedropper tool click in here someplace this gives you a base color I’ve got come down to my layer first there are we go color layer click in here and choose a base color now I have my eyedropper tool here set out a 3 by 3 average it just makes it a little bit more even when you do that so 3 3 average is pretty good on this and then there’s our base color click on your color picker and again to the right gives you more color saturation to the top makes a lighter I think lighter is better than darker on this particular technique so that’s just a bit more color in there that’s ok if it’s not quite what you want this is a bit too orange for me I’m just gonna move these slider control a little bit up until it begins going into the Greens a little ways there we are maybe a little less green okay that’s closer to what I want choose ok and then double click on the transparent side here the left side of our new layer mask layer grab your paint bucket click anyplace in the picture it fills that whole layer with that color go up to the blend modes and soft light that overlays it and there we go so here it is without and there it is with our new color change now once again if it’s too much all you have to do is just back off the opacity a little bit and it blends that in a bit better I think right around in here is pretty good 75 on this one there’s before and there’s after just kind of brightens up those colors in there okay there’s your technique now I mentioned earlier that you can also use this exact same technique if you want to do a colorized photo if you don’t happen to have that new tool right there the chlorides photo if you’re working with an earlier version of Photoshop Elements 2019 or earlier there it is same thing without that color layer we’re just looking at the black and white layer there’s the color for the shirt there’s the color for the jacket you’ll have to go brighter on these things you know more saturation for this to work out well but as you can see the exact same trick allows you to colorize a black of my photo very easily just use your quick selection tool select the areas you want to have changed or colorized and then do the exact same trick so there it is that’s how you can first of course use the colorize photo tool here inside of Photoshop Elements 2020 and then how you can take that a lot further by adding a more color control to specific areas using layers and layer masks inside of the expert mode now if you really want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements not just these little quick videos here on YouTube take a look at my complete training courses and there are links right down there in the description I go through the whole program not just the few tools you’ll see here on YouTube so it really is the best way to learn how to use Photoshop Elements and don’t forget to hit that like button and of course hit share as 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  1. How To Gurus October 21, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Here are some more great Photoshop Elements Photo Retouch Videos:

  2. Peter Head October 21, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Interesting. Looks somewhat more straightforward than the Photoshop tutorial you posted back in 2015, thanks to the calorise tool.  I have quite a lot of old b&w photos; it would be interesting to see what would happen if I applied this technique!

  3. DrinkingStar October 22, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    Creating a new layer with the layer mask to color a section of a photo worked beautifully. I used the technique on 2 black & white photos. I have PSE 14.Thanks George.

  4. Terry McAuliffe October 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you!

  5. Brian Arsenault October 25, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Thanks George! Love this tool. How does the Colorize photo tool know what colors to chose, are they just random colors? or when processing the colorization from black and white to color is there an option to change the color scheme ?

  6. T Sche December 6, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Any way to do this in CC? Or is it an Elements feature only?

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