3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 18, 2012 1:06 PM by hatstead

    how do I change b+w photo to color?


      how do I change a b+w photo to color?

        • 1. Re: how do I change b+w photo to color?
          99jon Adobe Community Professional & MVP


          Do you mean black & white with partial color? You can also do it manually.

          You need to duplicate your color photo.


          1. Open your color photo in PSE10 Full Edit (A raw photo will open in camera raw to click the open image button too send it to the PSE interface)

          2. On the Top menu click Layer >>Duplicate Layer >>OK

          3. On the top menu click Enhance >>Convert to Black & White >>OK

          4. If you can’t see the layers pallet to the right click Window >>Layers

          5. At the bottom of the layers pallet click add layer mask (the icon with a small circle)

          6. Make sure your foreground color is set to black then select the brush tool

          7. Click the mouse over the area where you wish to reveal color and use like an eraser to reveal the background below

          8. To correct errors switch the foreground color to white, then switch back to black and continue

          9. Save as PSD to preserve your layers and if you wish make a jpeg copy from the PSD file using File >> Save As

          N.B. if your brush is too big or too small you can use the square bracket keys to adjust the size up or down.


          The smart brush tool has black & white options but it does involve making selections which can be more tricky than using the ordinary brush.

          • 2. Re: how do I change b+w photo to color?
            cwandml Level 1

            no partial color. this is an old black and white photo....maybe taken in the '50s. I've scanned it into my computer

            • 3. Re: how do I change b+w photo to color?
              hatstead Adobe Community Professional

              There are several ways to do this. The easiest way is:


              1. Open the B/W photo
              2. Open a Photofilter adjustment layer via the half black/white icon in the layers palette
              3. In the drop-down you will see several color options. I call your attention to "Sepia" which is the tint on many old pictures.
              4. Adjust with the density slider.


              Let us know how you make out. If needed, we can provide other methods.