Colorize an Image


1.  Find a large picture on Google Images that has just a few areas to color...or right-click here to download a beach picture.

2.  Right-click to save.  Open in Pixlr.  Make it black and white by clicking Image-->Adjustment-->Desaturate.

3.  For every area of the image that you want to color:

(a) (Optional) Select the area that you want to color on the background layer using any of the selection tools.

(b) Make a new layer by clicking the + sign below the layer window.  Name the layer according to what you're coloring, such as "sky" or "water" or whatever. Click the three dots to the left of the layer to rename it.

(c) Switch to the new layer by clicking on it (make sure the layer is highlighted in blue in the layer window).

(d) Select the color you want by clicking the top colored circle at the bottom of the toolbar on the left side. 

(e) Fill in or paint the selected area with the color you selected using the paint bucket or the paint brush.

(f) Change the layer's blend mode (click the three dots next to the layer to see the blend mode menu) to step through the options until you find the best one.

(g) To make it look better:

(i) Try adjusting the color while a layer is selected (Image-->Adjustments-->Hue/Saturation)

(ii) Try cleaning up the edges of the color with the eraser.  You can erase partially--adjust the erase tool's opacity on top.

(iii) Try adjusting the opacity of the layer in the layer window (click the three dots next to the layer to see the opacity control).


4.  Save the image under a different name when you're done.