With image editing apps, you have entirely new possibilities with black-and-white pictures. Pixelmator offers a magical yet simple way to turn black and white images into little colorful wonders.
Layers, Quick Mask Mode, the Gradient Tool, the Polygonal Lasso Tool, the Brush Tool and the Colorize feature are used in this tutorial.
Open a black and white image you want to colorize.
Make the black and white image a little more intense. Here’s how:
The secret to colorizing black-and-white images is to select and apply color to the right elements. Quick Mask Mode will help you do just that.
Next, duplicate the selected area into a new layer. Choose Edit > Duplicate. Rename this layer “The Sea.”
Start colorizing and see how gradually your black and white image turns colorful. With the newest layer selected, double-click the Colorize thumbnail in the Effects Browser. Spin the knob around the color wheel to see how colors change. Stop when color looks perfect and click OK to apply.
Select the “Burning” layer and repeat steps 3 and 4. This time, select, duplicate and add color to the top portion of the image by reversing the gradient direction in Step 3. Rename the new layer with the duplicate selection “The Sky” and move it above the other layers.
The colorized image will look more interesting and natural if you select and colorize various elements. To do that, select the layer named “Burning” again and repeat steps 3 and 4 to colorize the mountains in the center of the image.
It's possible to introduce color even more precisely into a smaller portion of the colorized image. Click on the “Burning” layer in the Layers palette one more time to select the middle part of the image.
As in Step 4, colorize the “Horizon” layer using the Colorize color adjustment.
Once you are happy with the color, click OK. Next, reduce the opacity of the layer to 60% in the Layers palette.
To make the color of the horizon even more vibrant, duplicate the “Horizon” layer by choosing Edit > Duplicate. With the duplicated layer selected, click to select the Polygonal Lasso Tool in the Tools palette. Select the mountain area and choose Edit > Clear.
There is one more tiny detail that’ll make the image even more realistic. Select the “Burning” layer again and follow steps 3 and 4 to select, duplicate and then colorize the top right corner. Use the image below as a reference.
Finally, group all of the colorized layers into one group. This helps to reduce the clutter in the Layers palette. Once everything is tidy, let’s add some final touches to the image: