Colorization is a nice image manipulation technique. Basic colorization doesn’t require an in-depth knowledge of image editing. Everyone can use the following techniques in Photoshop Elements to add color to their images. Coloring an image can be fun and can be done really quickly, too.
There are two levels of colorization.
You can either fully colorize an image — i.e. add colors to old, vintage photos or current but black-and-white photos.
Or you can partially colorize an image — i.e. add emphasis to a feature in a photo.
Using Photoshop Elements there are two simple and quick methods to colorize your images. I like to use them both very much.
The Colorization Method
This method enables you to add a color to an otherwise completely black-and-white image.
Open the original image that you wish to colorize. Using the
In case of smaller, well-defined objects you can also use the
In case of clear geometrical shapes, you can use the
When you are finished selecting an object, right-click on the selected area and select
Now go to
I selected the cat’s eyes (well-defined small features) with the Quick Selection Tool.
I selected the body of water (a large, partially well-defined object) using the Polygonal Lasso Tool.
The Inversion Method
Another method of colorization enables you to subtract almost all colors from an image, leaving behind just a partially colorized picture. This way, the part of the image that remains in color is emphasized.
Open your original image. As explained in the beginning of the previous method, select an object in it that will remain in color using one of Photoshop Elements’ many selection tools.
When you are done selecting the object, right-click on the image and click
Now go to
In this window, select the style that best describes your image (e.g. portrait, landscape, urban) or set your own settings. When you are done, click
I selected the stork’s beak (a well-defined small feature) with the Quick Selection Tool.
Remember, you don’t have to be realistic and stick to the colors as they should be. You can colorize your images according to your imagination, too.
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