Hand Painting a Photograph

Hand Painting a Photograph

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Hand Paint a Photograph in Photoshop



Hand painting was originally used to colorize images taken with black and white film. If done properly the effect is still quite stunning.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open).

Step Two

To convert the image to black and white, click the Create Adjustment Layer icon on the Layers palette and select Black & White.

Step Three

Adjust the sliders to enhance the image contrast and detail.

Step Four

Add a new blank layer above the image and adjustment layers and set the Blending Mode to Color.

Step Five

Select a new foreground color for your brush. Lower the brush Opacity and paint on the Color layer

Step Six

Add additional layers for each of the new colors. Make sure to set the Blending Mode for each layer to Color. If one of the colors overlaps another color, use the Eraser, set to Brush, to contain the painted color.

Sampling the Original Colors

Prior to converting your image to black and white you can sample the image multiple times and build a limited color palette with the original colors.