How to use Black And White to ADD colour to your photos

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44 Responses to How to use Black And White to ADD colour to your photos

  1. Denise June 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Great tip, I can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. Brian Taylor July 24, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    Absolutely great teaching style Steve.

  3. Bill Antonacci July 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed this video; I look forward to trying this on my images in the future.

  4. Anthony Charlesworth July 30, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Great video Steve. Can’t wait to try it Thanks

  5. Dave B August 7, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Very useful, thanks. Something else to try!

  6. suruha August 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    I hardly ever use ‘Desaturate’ anymore since I learned about the B&W adjustment. Works lovely! I did not know about the ‘Luminosity’ blending mode, though, so, will try that. Thank you so very much!


  7. Audrey Bree Taber August 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Very cool…thanks for the video will be trying this soon!

  8. Åsa August 27, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    I like the video. Easy to follow and understand.

  9. Suzanne Jacques August 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Interesting…. I have not made use of the layers so far…. just getting into photoshop…. I see that I have quite a bit to learn… thank you

  10. Nancy Cornnell September 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    You make this look so easy! I have so much to learn

  11. mikeyboy September 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    I found this a great help , and will try it out on my next landscape

  12. mikeyboy September 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    this will be of help to me.

  13. Gary Stasiuk October 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Oddly, I was fiddling with this last night. I have some images where the colours are similar throughout and I wanted to create more of a split between cool reds and warm reds/oranges. I’m going to give this a try tonight.

  14. Skip Easterbrooks November 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Hey Steve, I’m a new user of Photoshop; however, I have Photoshop CS2. Am I wasting my time checking out video tutorials as it seems most of them are newer versions.

    • photographyuncovered November 24, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Hey Skip,

      You’re probably not wasting your time. Whilst a lot of new features have been introduced since CS2, the “big ideas” are still the same. Menus and options can look a little different too, but with the same underlying functionality.

  15. Richard Lee November 27, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    This looks like a great little tip to try. I’ll be giving it a go real soon 🙂

  16. Jay Brass December 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Well done and looks pretty simple too.

  17. Lorraine Allaway January 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

    video wont play on my pc 🙂

  18. Glyn Jones January 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    I thought this video was an excellent and I tried it out straight away. I am very pleased with the results. Many thanks for passing this on.

  19. Kristi March 31, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

    Great tip. Never would have thought about that!

  20. Rozzie535 April 6, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Thank you great tips

  21. Wendy Williams May 2, 2015 at 4:58 am #

    Thanks for the heads up great tip Steve.

  22. Larry M June 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    Like most of your videos , I find them interesting ways of doing what I normally do without those ssteps. But l have been using the techniques. I’ve seen many pix that seem to have a glassy shine to them. I havent been able to recreate that. Hope you have a video with some ideas on how to do that kind of artistic editing.

  23. Lórien August 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    Do you still use this technique in PsCC2015, Arnold, or have you discovered an even cooler way to accomplish color enhancement since CS6?

    • mm
      Steve August 13, 2015 at 2:31 pm #

      Hi Lorien, this technique is still alive and kicking in the latest version. I’m always searching for new and exciting ways to do things though! 🙂

  24. Lisa Venero September 2, 2015 at 2:04 am #

    Can’t wait to give it a try!

  25. Clement September 3, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    nice tips 🙂

    Why no Hd in Video ? or it s just me ?

  26. Marci October 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Thank you so much I am going to try this right away !

  27. naveen October 17, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    awesome tip! thank you very much!

  28. Dave November 3, 2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Used this but never with luminosity and opacity damned excellent

  29. Nelda November 18, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    Great tip!! Tried it on some fall foliage.

  30. Sherry November 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    What an awesome tip…I’m off to give it a try. 🙂

  31. Beverley November 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Enjoyed watching this video. Great tip. Can’t wait to try it out thank you

  32. Ron December 14, 2015 at 11:21 pm #

    Great tutorial thanks will be helpful

  33. Brian December 17, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    great tip. I will be trying this out on a few of my images.

  34. David Herman January 29, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

    great tip Steve… but its even easier and faster, to control these values in ACR or Lightroom in the HSL panel, and adjustment brush, before even taking the file into Photoshop 😉

  35. Phil January 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    Sorry if I missed something here, but doesn’t ACR and Lightroom already do all of this??

  36. Terry Sanders February 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Great tip and will surely find its way into some future project.

  37. Marla julien February 8, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Great tip, new to photoshop so any little tip and trick is awesome

  38. Neil February 26, 2016 at 6:49 am #

    Great tip. Thanks.

  39. Brenton February 28, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for the video. I have seen this process before but had forgot about it, I have just the image in mind for this. Thanks for re-introducing
    this process. Love the tips.

  40. Cari February 29, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Thank you again for the lesson. Sometimes the easier things can really get you. ☺️

  41. Louise Bradt February 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Great tip – thanks Steve

  42. Istvan Fulop March 8, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    Hi Steve,

    Like the other lessons you sent me ,there’s a smart one.

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