Polycrystalline CdSe films have been deposited onto fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO/glass) substrates by three different techniques, electrochemical deposition (ECD), chemical bath deposition (CBD) and, for the first time, combined ECD and CBD (ECD/CBD). The films were comparatively characterized by photoluminescence spectra (PL), electronic absorption spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The SEM micrographs show that the films involved rod shaped agglomerates with various lengths and widths. XRD patterns show that the three systems involved nano-sized CdSe particles with cubic type crystals. Based on Scherrer’s equation, the ECD film showed larger particle size than the CBD film, while the ECD/CBD film showed largest particles among the series. Similarly, the band gap values varied for different films as CBD > ECD > ECD/CBD. Photo-electrochemical (PEC) characteristics, including photo-current density vs. voltage (J-V) plots, conversion efficiency (ƞ), fill factor (FF) and stability were all studied for different film electrodes. The films exhibited n-type behaviors with direct band gaps. The new ECD/CBD-CdSe electrode exhibited higher conversion efficiency (ƞ% ̴ 4.40) than other counterparts. The results show the added value of combining ECD and CBD methods in enhancing PEC characteristics of CdSe film electrodes, even with no additional treatment.