Colorize a Black and White Photo Lightroom Tutorial

HARNESS THE SLOW, BULKY ADJUSTMENT BRUSH TO MAKE GLORIOUS COLOR PHOTOS FROM YOUR BLACK AND WHITE SHOTS! | We’ll learn all about tips and tricks of using the Adjustment Brush while we convert this black and white photo to a color shot.

In this Adobe Lightroom tutorial, we’ll take a black and white photo and use the Adjustment Brush to drop multiple pins and control each segment of the photo to “paint” in color, tone, as well as highlights and shadows to create a realistic-looking color image. We will also cover how to double or triple the power of the adjustment brush by duplicating pins, we’ll talk about auto-masking the Adjustment Brush, and also reduce the overall opacity of an individual pin, and much more! This tutorial is a bit longer than I initially expected it would be, but it’s full of all kinds of info and examples to get you started colorizing your own photos today!

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  1. Create Virtual Copy before starting
  2. Use the Adjustment Brush and add color
  3. Tweak with auto-mask if the edge complies
  4. Use the zooming feature as well as holding down Spacebar to move around to get in tight and create more precise painted edges
  5. Hold down Alt/Opt to flip over to eraser to clean up edges
  6. Right-click on a pin to open pop up contextual menu to duplicate it
  7. Hold Alt/Opt and hover over a pin and drag arrow that appears to reduce the opacity of that pin.
  8. After the painting is finished, go and apply a Curves adjustment overall to apply a global color shift.
  9. Export a JPEG and you’re done!
  10. TIP: Alt + click to delete a pin or right-click and choose to delete