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June 2008 Contest - Colorization

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Old 06-02-2008, 07:53 AM
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June 2008 Contest - Colorization

June 08 – Contest

This month is a colorization contest. Colorize the provided Black & White photo.

Download Image: Ballet
~Photo from the Library of Congress Web Site.

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Prize: Coloriage v5 Home Deluxe (Plugin+Standalone) donated by AKVIS

Prize Description: Breathe life into your black and white photos with AKVIS Coloriage!
  • AKVIS presents the cutting edge technology of automatic photo colorizing that will change your ideas about image colorization forever!

  • AKVIS Coloriage manipulates colors of an image: from colorizing old black and white photos from your family archive to replacing colors in your color photos.

  • Make a present for your grandmother by adding color to her school photo, replace the colors of your car to see how it would look in scarlet, see how you will look if you dye your hair red.

  • AKVIS Coloriage is as easy to use as a coloring book. No layers manipulation, no complicated techniques, no more hours of frustration attempting to get just the look you want - everything is done with a few brush strokes. Indicate the desired colors by the stroke of the brush; the program does the rest of the work: recognizes the object's border and tailors the new color to the grayscale tones of the initial picture.


1. Contest will run from 2 June to 23 June 08. Deadline for entries is 5pm EDT.

2. I will not answer questions concerning the rules. Interpretation of the rules is as important as execution.

3. Tasks:

*Realistically colorize the provided photo.

*Do not add a frame

*Final image must be exactly 800 pixels wide and 600 pixels high (cropping may be required).
4. When you submit your entry put your username in the filename (ie: tpaul.jpg). This is so users can save the images to a local directory and remember who did what--important when it comes time to vote.

5. Post your entries to this thread. Links will not be accepted. Please restrict your comments, questions or discussion to the June 08 Contest Discussion thread. Inappropriately placed posts will be deleted.

6. Only one entry per person. You can change your entry up to the deadline.

7. Voting will run from 24 June to 30 June. Only those with entries may vote.

8. Voting:
* Submit the 5 best entries (by artist name) in order, starting with your favorite.
* You cannot vote for your own image.
* Once you have voted, you cannot change your votes.

Finally, please remember that this is a friendly contest and suppose to be a learning experience. Tips and suggestions to help others are highly encouraged. Also please don’t limit your comments to just the top 5 when you vote. Most members are eager for feedback about their images, so remember to help each other out.
Old 06-02-2008, 08:09 PM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

hi everyone, this is my second entry to a contest in here...
im excited about this one... it took me 2 hours to finish..
i used lots of layers in color blending mode... and
another adjustments layers...
so hope you like....
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:24 AM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

Hi everyone,
Love the image r dg.
Nothing new from me, I just hand coloured this one. It's my first entry here.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the numerous ways we all attack it.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:23 AM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

Finally, a little time to play.

This was a fun (and learning) project. Thanks T.
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:24 PM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

Just tried to stay within the lines
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:30 AM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

I debated how i wanted to color this. But then i noticed the rules say "Realistically colorize the provided photo"
Then i thought does that imply all the amazing stuff you can do in photoshop? Or if someone during that time frame was to hand color the image?

So i decided to go with a look that would look like a person hand colored the image during the time the photo was taken. Looks colorless compared to some of the entries, but i was trying to stay true to a hand tinted image look.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:57 PM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

Updated my entry on June 22nd. Sure are a lot of wonderful entries. All critiques welcome! Only my second attempt at colorization and it was alot of fun.
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Last edited by dweekley; 06-22-2008 at 06:55 AM. Reason: Tryed to fixed a few spots that were bothering me
Old 06-05-2008, 05:00 PM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

Here is my take
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:30 AM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

This is my color version of the ballet dancers. While working I imagined they were Prima Ballerinas at the Diaghilev Ballet Company...

Good luck to all participants.
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:41 AM
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Re: June 2008 Contest - Colorization

Wow been ages since I've done any colourisation, so here's my attempt
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Last edited by Cassidy; 06-11-2008 at 05:40 PM. Reason: Slight clean up
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