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    Photo Colorization

    I've taken to manually colorizing photos for fun and relaxation (it's surprisingly relaxing) using only photoshop and no plugins or tools. I do touch up the final product, though. Here's some of my favourites that I've done;

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Beautiful work.

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    I might suggest that your work is superlative.

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    Really like your work.

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    Those are simply fantastic

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    I really like what you have done with these old photos.

    I'm going to pull out some of my parents old photos and see if l can achieve what you have.

    Well done!!

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Thank you, everyone! I really enjoyed doing them. I want to get into doing more complex images eventually.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    I have thought about doing it but never tried. It is great to see such wonderful examples. It would be interesting to know your general approach and maybe a screen shot if you are using layers with colour blending etc.
    There is obviously a bit of skilled artistry involved.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Below is a screenshot of my first photo above. The effect is quite easy. After opening the original black and white photo, I make a duplicate layer of it to work from. Then, for each color, I create a new layer, fill it with the approximate color I think it should be, create a mask for it, and begin painting white on the mask. Once done, I click the color, set it to soft light, and use the hue/saturation adjustment and set the color to what looks right. Some sections need more than one color, like the background wall and carpet below. It takes a little time, but it's so satisfying when done. One note of advice, the more saturation you apply a color, the more it merges with the shadow colors.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Thank you Jim. I think it will interest a few others as well. The active layer is set to soft light - do you use other blend modes as well?

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Right now, soft light seems to do the trick. I haven't experimented with any others. Still getting a feel for it.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Hi Jim. I have to say I'm also impressed with your work. I would love to stand over your shoulder and watch you do one of these.

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    Bravo, Jim. You are a true artist.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Thank you, everyone! I think I might try to put together a tutorial video just for this site, to let you "look over my shoulder" as it were.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Here's my tutorial video. Sorry for the crappy quality. Set it to 720 at least.


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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Very nice.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    I've discovered I can do the exact same thing in GIMP, and the results are actually better!

    I've only done his head, he's a work in progress.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Just to add my compliments to those already given above, Jim. Superb skill and artistry. A joy to view.

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    Re: Photo Colorization

    Thank you very much, Donald!!

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