How to colorize a photo in 5 minutes

Great tutorial Danny, I learn’t a couple of things:)

Danny Boy

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:

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.

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…

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2 thoughts on “How to colorize a photo in 5 minutes

    1. Danny’s done a great job on this tutorial…I’m kind of stuck on photoshop, but Danny’s using GIMP so we have twice the skills together…

      Hope you are well,



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