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Tutorial: How to Quickly and Easily Colorize B&W Images in Photoshop Using Curves

This colorization tutorial by IceFlowStudios is actually a couple of years old now, but we only just now stumbled across it and we just had to share. In it, Howard Pinsky demonstrates an incredibly quick and easy (albeit somewhat limited) way to colorize a black and white image.

How quick and easy it is? Well, selections and all it took him less than four and a half minutes to go from this:

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To this:

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Obviously, this isn’t a one size fits all approach. More complex images will benefit from more selective approaches like the three covered in this tutorial. Still, for simple black and white images where each section can be easily selected and honed to the proper hue, you won’t be able to beat the speed Pinsky demonstrates in the video above.

If you have something to add, or you want to comment on how this method has worked for you in the past, drop us a line in the comments.

(via Photofocus)