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Old 08-23-2005, 07:39 AM
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Colorizing baby pic

Hey everyone,

I found this photo in a my family's old photo album, actually it was a large black and white negative at the time. It was a negative of a photo of my mom as a baby, but I have never seen the actual photo before and neither had my mom. So, I decided I would try to scan it and invert it in photoshop. What do you know-it worked! (I just have a regular scanner, no film adapter.) So I thought I would try coloring it to see what it would look like. I feel like there's something lacking, I have fiddled with the contrast going from one extreme to the other. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them!

~Amber~
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:11 AM
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Looks great to me
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Old 08-23-2005, 10:52 AM
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Congratulations!! You did a real nice job here.

Seems the only thing lacking is some details in the darkest parts, but as these are lacking in the original then best leave alone.

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Old 08-23-2005, 11:10 AM
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I agree, you've done a fabulous job.

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Old 08-23-2005, 01:30 PM
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amber,

incredible job of coloring! i only wish i could do as well.

as for other things you might do, i played with this a bit. if you like it and think it's worthwhile, i'll include the steps. if not, why ok

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Old 08-23-2005, 01:54 PM
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Craig,

I like it! Appears to have more density?? I don't know what to call it.

The only thing I'm not sure about is the detail is lost in what appears to be a cabinet behind her, and I kind of thought that was a pretty backdrop. It just might be my monitor though.

Nice Job

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Old 08-23-2005, 01:59 PM
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Thanks for all the kind replies!

Craig- I would be interested in hearing the steps you took. It looks higher in contrast than mine, was this achieved using an Overlay colors or was this done with levels/curves?

Is there a rule for how much contrast should be used in Colorings? That was something I battled with for a long time.

My biggest inspiration has to be Vikki, but I am not sure how she achieves such realism! Honestly her stuff looks like it was originally a color photo and she just turned the photos black and white..lol! She's that good. That is the look I am trying to achieve. Realism, not a photo that has been colored. Open to suggestions...

Thanks again,

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Old 08-23-2005, 02:59 PM
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annabel,

yes, it was contrasted and that tends to add more 'depth' (i think that's the word you may be looking for there). and yes, by contrasting the overall, the dark of the cabinet became more dark.

as for the crop i did, that would certainly be a personal choice.

amber,

i've attached my workflow image. it doesnt show everything done as the history is already erased.

the unsharp mask was fairly light, about 15/15/30 or so.

after doing the sharpen more layer i used a soften brush to take out noise on the face.

the 'hair clone' layer was a treatment around that one area of the hair that looked sort of monotone, right in the top middle of the head. i tried to add a little texture there and blend things a bit. not sure i succeeded on that one.

each layer, moving upwards, was a duplicate of the previous layer. so all those treatments were duplicated in the last raster layer.

with the curves layer i wanted to reduce the very bright whites of her dress mostly and get a bit of contrast and soften some of the shadows on the dress. so, lower the whites and some of the midtones. so, it was pretty selective and not very severe.

the brightness/contast layer was to bring more contrast to the overall.

oh, and i also did a bit of 'push' on the baby's face where the whites were a bit blown out. just 'pushed' some pinks into the whites. and i added one line with a simple brush under her right cheek to highlight that edge a bit.

and that was pretty much it.

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Old 08-23-2005, 05:56 PM
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Thanks Craig! Although, I always forget that you use PSP instead of PS. I know-it says it right there in your signature, but sometimes my brain dumps useful information, but I will see what I can hook up with your techniques in Photoshop. Thanks for the details!

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Old 08-23-2005, 10:34 PM
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Nice job Dreamypix! I also think you did a nice job with colorizing but like you, I would always defer to Vikki's advice. Perhaps my only concern was the purse, second only in interest to the child. Perhaps instead of a black blob, a lighter rendition showing it's character might be interesting. Of course, some of what I think is character may only be a fingerprint. You decide.

Cheers

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