How to change the colors in a photo in 3 minutes


Here is another tutorial which focuses on changing colors in a photo. In this example I’ve changed the color of a dress, but you could change the color of almost any part of the photo.
If you like videos, then check out the 3 minute tutorial here:

Or if you just want the highlights, then carry on reading.

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Apply a black Layer to your photo to remove the color from the photo. Don’t forget to change the layer mode to ‘Color’ otherwise you just get a black photo!
This will allow you to apply a Layer Mask (with Full Transparency) so you can manipulate the area of the photo you want.


I used the Scissors Select Tool to select the dress so it stays B&W, whilst keeping the original colors of the remainder of the photo.
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Once the B&W layer is complete, simply duplicate it and change the layer color to the color you want. This layer needs to be in ‘Overlay’ mode, otherwise the new color doesn’t get applied so well.


Do check out my other photo tutorials as I am hoping to build up a collection of them.
If you need any help with this effect, do get in touch. I would love to hear from anyone who has given this a try after following my tutorial.

How to colorize a photo in 5 minutes

Following on from my graffiti tutorial, I put together another video to show how easy it is to colorize your photos for free using GIMP rather than Photoshop.

This is a really quick effect to put together, but can produce fantastic results. I hope you can spare a few minutes to watch the video (ok, it’s 7 minutes long!):

Otherwise here are the highlights:


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Step 1 Create a B&W version of your photo
The easiest way to do this is by creating a new copy of the image and simply setting the Image->Mode settings to Grayscale. You can then copy the B&W photo back into the original photo as a new layer.


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Step 2 Add Layer Mask
The layer mask (with Full Opacity) allows you to cut holes in the B&W layer to reveal the color layer underneath. It can be found under Layer->Mask->Add Layer Mask, or by right-clicking the relevant layer.


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Step 3 Cut out the Layer Mask Using the Scissors Select Tool
The Scissors Select Tool allows you to select irregular shapes easily. This is as simple as joining dots around the area you want to colorize. Make sure you have set the background color to BLACK when you delete the selected area, otherwise the color layer doesn’t appear!


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Step 4 Use the Airbrush tool
Finish colorizing any small areas by using the airbrush tool. Just in case the Scissor tool didn’t select the right areas, you can use the airbrush to correct any mistakes. I use a hardness of 75 to correct any errors quickly.


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Step 5 Sit back and enjoy your finished photo
Well done! You should have successfully colored your photo. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to do this in less than 5 minutes. Good luck…

Check out my ‘How to Colorize a Photo using GIMP’ video and add any comments you have below. I’d be particularly interested in hearing if you guys prefer video tutorials or the written word. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…

How to Create a Graffiti Logo

I was recently asked to put together a tutorial video for doncharisma.org showing how to create a graffiti logo using Photoshop. The video goes through the step-by-step process of how Don Charisma put together his logo.

Check out my ‘How to Create a Graffiti Logo’ video below and add any comments you have. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…