How to Colorize Photos

Edited by Pat Bitton

November 19, 2020

Thomas Sutton took the first color photo in 1861. He used the three-color method suggested by James Clerk Maxwell in 1855: red, green, and blue filters were used to create the colored image. In the middle of the 19th century, color photography was an exclusive technique, only affordable by a small circle of people.

Nowadays, almost everyone has a phone camera, which can take great color shots. Still, lots of people also have old black-and-white photos like wedding pictures, family photos, or even historic army portraits. Have you ever wanted to colorize old photos and see exactly how people looked a century or more ago? With modern technologies, you can easily add color to these photos and gain a deeper understanding of the past. Read on if you want to know how to colorize photos in a couple of clicks.

First of all, you’ll need a photo-editing app to colorize black-and-white photos. We recommend using Movavi Picverse to convert black-and-white to color. This program will allow you to colorize photos, edit pictures, apply different filters, and more. By the way, you can use the free trial license to test all the features out before you decide to purchase.

Learn how to colorize a black-and-white photo with Movavi Picverse by following the instructions below.

Step 1. Install Movavi Picverse

First, download the distribution file and install the photo colorizer. Start the program.

Step 2. Add a Photo

Click the Browse for Images button and select a photo that needs colorizing, or simply drag and drop the picture into the program working area.

Step 3. Colorize the Photo

Go to the Adjust tab. In the AI Adjust section, click the Colorize photo switch. It’s a good idea to move the Enhance slider to the right as well – this feature will automatically adjust the brightness and contrast to the best levels. Click the Restore button, wait a little, and Movavi Picverse will colorize the photo.

Step 4. Save the Colorized Image

Now you need to click the floppy disk icon in the upper-right corner of the interface to export the edited photo. You can choose your desired format, quality, and destination folder and rename the file if you want. Then click the OK button to start the export process. The destination folder will open automatically after the export is complete.

Now you know how to add color to a black-and-white photo. With Movavi Picverse, you can also create collages, replace backgrounds, and adjust photos to your needs. Download the program and boost your creativity today!

*The free version of Movavi Picverse has the following restrictions: you can save up to 10 images with added watermark, screenshots are disabled. Learn more

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