Photo Colorization: Colorize Historical Photos in Photoshop

Learn how to add color to black & white photographs in Photoshop with this complete beginner colorization course!

4.05 (138 reviews)


2.5 hours


Jan 2018

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What you will learn

Learn how to properly colorize black and white photographs

Learn a fun & new skill

Improve your Photoshop skills


You're here to learn how to colorize (aka add color) to black and white photographs, right?

Colorization makes us realize how vibrant and colorful life was before the advent of color photography.

It's great to have you here! I LOVE PHOTO COLORIZATION!

This is the perfect course if you've never done colorizations, never opened Photoshop, or even if you have some experience with Photoshop but want to learn this fun skill.

My Promise to You

I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

I want to make this the best course on how use Adobe After Effects. So if there is any way I can improve this course, just tell me and I'll make it happen.

What's this course all about?

You'll learn how to:

  • get a free trial of Photoshop
  • set up the photoshop project for colorization
  • choose the right brush settings
  • add color
  • colorize skin, hair, eyes, backgrounds
  • save your images for sharing
  • and much more!

Included in the course are practice sessions, where you can watch me in real time. I go over everything I'm doing, while I'm doing it. Learn by following along! Included in the course are bonus materials for you to follow along and practice. These materials include:

  • practice photos
  • Photoshop templates
  • Coloring cheat sheet
  • Skin tone charts

You'll be coloring in less than 30 minutes! But there is a lot more material that goes in depth and helps you become proficient at colorization. If you're looking for a new skill or just want to have fun, please enroll in this course! It's fun, it's therapeutic, it's hip!

With our 30-day 100% money back guarantee, there is nothing holding you back from jumping in right now and trying the course out.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in lesson 1!




Photo Colorization: Colorize Historical Photos in Photoshop
Photo Colorization: Colorize Historical Photos in Photoshop
Photo Colorization: Colorize Historical Photos in Photoshop
Photo Colorization: Colorize Historical Photos in Photoshop


Course Overview

What's this course all about?

Colorization Tools

Course Resources

What is Photo Colorization? (in 4 minutes)

Colorization Tips

Setting Up Your Project

Choosing a Brush

Adding Color

Photo Colorization Basics

Coloring Skin

Coloring Hair

Coloring Eyes

Coloring Backgrounds

Saving Your Photos

Practice Colorization Sessions

Colorization 1 - WWII Photo

Colorization 2 - Aretha Franklin

Colorization 3 - Surprise!

Course Wrap Up

Colorization Communities

Thank You!

Bonus Lecture: Get Any of Phil's Course for Up to 90% Off


Dennis2 July 2020

Great course that provides a lot of knowledge and skill practice. I have already "colorized" two of my own black and white photographs (old from the 1950s) and they look great. Thanks for a rather unique, superb course.

Doug29 June 2020

You're very talented. Even if you don't consider it 'art' it is creative and technical. I can't wait to get decent at it myself.

Scott29 March 2020

This course gave a very good foundation for colourization. It does a good job of talking about skin tones and how to create them. It could be a bit more in depth on how to approach other aspects but it is a great way to learn this technique and it also give you the confidence to try it out.

Kathy29 January 2020

I joined this class to learn more about colorization; so I can color in black and white photos of the Marx brothers. This class has helped me a lot with coloring skin; hair eyes etc.. I recommend this class for anyone who wants to learn more about colorization.

Michael6 December 2019

This was pretty average. I have two courses from this instructor and I have to say I have found them both to be pretty repetitive and his delivery almost puts me to sleep. I have got something from both courses but a more exciting, robust delivery would be welcome

John1 December 2019

My knowledge of the subject has improved vastly. I learned everyhting I was expecting to and I can put it to use.

Terri28 November 2019

Yes, very informative, not too fast or complicated, given that you are familiar with Photoshop layers. Was hoping for a few assignments though after each lecture just to hone in skills a bit more as the course progressed!

Marianne22 July 2019

It is good for someone new to colorization but it is like a yellow belt (level 1) teaching a white belt (beginner). It is a good way to start...

Hal25 March 2019

For a long time I have wanted to take some of the old B&W photos that I have of family and add color to them. My grandchildren don't seem to get as excited looking at things in grey scale as they do in color, so I was hoping that these colorized photos would add a new dimension to what they are viewing and it seems to be working. The instructor leaves you with a file that contains multiple colors he uses to paint a typical face, along with the type of lighting to apply and the opacity to use for each layer applied to the face. Knowing those items alone as a starting point have saved me a lot of hours getting up to speed on the learning curve. The course has made an immediate difference in how well I am able colorize my B&W photos.

Nick18 May 2018

I enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal. I would like to see a little more details on how to install the different layers. Other than that I learned a great deal and a lot of shortcuts that I did not know. Course is worth the time and effort.

Jeffrey4 August 2017

Loved the course, overall and would definitely recommend to anyone interested in learning how to colorize photographs.

Paweł23 May 2017

It is so simple if someone doing this. Nice course. I watched this course with pleasure and maybe someday I will colorize some photo using your advices. Regards Pawel

Russell18 April 2017

i got it at a discount and even then it was too sparse with the info. didn't learn much I didn't already know

Margo11 March 2017

The information was easy to understand and was presented in several different examples. I was easily able to replicate the process and he provides a tool that makes it easy to remember what to do for future projects. I have wanted to learn this for a very long time, but thought that it would be much harder to do... great course...

Roger10 March 2017

The instructor was just awesome in giving the class. thus was the first class to show how to colorize a black and white photo that really I color not just a one color shot to show detail. Thanks for a great class


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