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Old 02-06-2006, 12:59 AM
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My first attempt at colorization

My neighbor recently gave me a few pictures to work on. One of them, taken in the early 1950s, was of her and Ed Sullivan. I'm not too worried about the areas I haven't colored yet, as they won't require the nuance that the skin tones do. I'm relatively happy with the way she came out (with a woman I guess you can add some makeup...) but he looks monotone and bland. I'd appreciate any suggestions, tips, or critique. For the colorization I made color layers, black mask, paint with white...

I know I still have some cleanup and cloning to do, but I started colorizing it and became so engrossed I couldn't stop. She described what she was wearing so I know the colors I'm using for her are fairly accurate. With Ed, I just winged it. [As an aside, she still loves green. Her entire livingroom is done in different shades of green -- being there is sort of like sitting inside a lime].

Thanks for whatever help you can offer.

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Old 02-06-2006, 03:21 AM
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I've done a quick job using colour replacement brush and colour replacement adjustment. I tried to make the guy have more of a sun tan, as he seemed darker skinned in the original

PS: not done anything to fix damage etc
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Old 02-06-2006, 02:35 PM
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Wow, I love that blue suit! I was trying to keep him in a drab color so he wouldn't outshine her, but that looks great. For the toning, did you use a HSB adjustment layer?
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:55 PM
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i'm not much on colorization and i know that's what you wanted critiqued, but if that name, 'ed sullivan' is an autograph, i'd be SURE to leave that in.

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Old 02-06-2006, 05:16 PM
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mashny, I did nothing other than desaturate the image and use colour replacement brush, to colour them in. I did use burn and dodge tools to fetch out details a bit and add tone, but thats it. No layers, adjustments or anything like that.
Keeping it simple is my way, as sometimes complex methods can just give you a headache and bad results

I based colour of his suit on photos of him found on google
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:37 PM
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Thanks for all the help. Actually, the "Ed Sullivan" is not an autograph. My neighbor (who is quite a character) wrote his name on the picture years ago, just in case she got old and senile, and couldn't remember who that guy was with her in the picture. Had it been his autograph, I certainly would not have removed it.

Thanks again for the help so far.
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