How to Add Color to Your Old Black and White Photos with Google Photos

Google already announced long ago that they would include an option to color your old black and white photos. But now it is finally available. We tell you how it works and how you can use it.

Do you have an old photo of your grandparents? Or a year ago you put that photo that you like so much in black and white and now it doesn't seem like such a good idea? Well, Google has come to put a solution with Google Photos and its new option. Colorize 

Colorize your old or black and white photos

Colorize (or Coloring), is the new feature of Google Photos. This option, through Artificial Intelligence, identifies the scene of the photo and interprets the colors to color it automatically. This option is still in the beta phase and some users have already tried it, and this is how it works.

Colorize old photos
Colorize old photos

At the moment they have withdrawn the option of some beta testers, so at the moment it cannot be tested. But those who have tried it have told us how it works. By clicking on the option to color (which was already indicated that it was a beta function) we will see a warning that explains how this new implementation works. The description is easy:  The color mode analyzes black and white photos and adds color.

By accepting the process of coloring begins, it will take a while, but we will not have to wait long. At the end we will see the photo in color. The results are quite good, but we can finish modifying the photo with editing, either in Google Photos or in other editing apps after saving it.

Although the results are quite good, it is true that it has a somewhat vintage effect that sins a bit of orange in some cases. And sometimes it seems more an orange sepia effect than a colorization to use. Something that sometimes alters the naturalness of skin tones a little. But in other photos it does surprisingly well. We assume that this option will be improved little by little, not only with the definitive launch of the stable version of the function, but also of the updates that it will receive over time.

We look forward to receiving this option globally on our phones and testing it further. Do you think it will be an app that you will end up using to "revive" your old photos? Or what will remain in a simple anecdote? Leave your opinion in the comments!