How to Add Color to Black & White Art in Lightroom Photoshop


Adobe Lightroom is a photo-editing program that allows you to touch-up existing photos or even add extra elements to any photo you like. It can be used to view hundreds of photos on one single page and was created to be a one-stop program for all your photo needs. One of the most commonly asked questions is whether you can turn black and white photos into color photos, and the answer is yes. Even a Photoshop newbie will have no problem coloring any part of a black and white photo in a few simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Black and white photo
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Open your black and white photo in Lightroom. To load an image click on "File," select "New," and then browse for your black and white photo.

  • Select your adjustment brush from the toolbar on the right side of the screen. The adjustment brush icon is a paintbrush lying on its side.

  • Click on the color box on the right side toolbar. The color box will appear once you have selected your adjustment brush.

  • Select the color you would like to add to the black and white photo.

  • Adjust the size of your brush by moving the slider that says "Size" in the brush toolbar. This toolbar will be on the right side of your screen.

  • Click your brush on the part of the picture you would like to add color to and begin dragging it back and forth over the picture. If you paint a part of the picture that you didn't want to paint, let go of your brush (stop holding down the mouse) and then press "Ctrl +Z." This will undo your last paint stroke.

  • Continue painting the picture until you have added all the color you would like. If you want to change colors, just click on the color box on the right side toolbar and select a new color.

  • Save your image once you're done editing it.

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