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Old 11-10-2006, 03:04 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Butch....... your skin tones look beautiful on my monitor...... now, that may or may not be a compliment

I feel sheepish since I'd forgotten to say their dresses were a 'dusty rose' color......... that, combined with my harsh lighting is causing me my own trouble...... ha!

Thank you for your help I've got quite the toolbox now!

Beth
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:09 PM
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Thanks David for the link...... think I'll go visit there....

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Old 11-10-2006, 03:15 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

hi beth,

the skin tones lack a bit of red 'blush', particularly for contrasting. the faces are a bit monotone. some reddish shading would do wonders.

the ruffles of the dresses in shadow look a bit over-saturated also.

you're not far off on either point. a little will go a long ways on both points.
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:27 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Hi Craig....... you're right about the reddish tones...... last night I added some to my version but didn't upload it because now...... I think I'm leaning towards re-doing it....... and, you have a keen eye because when I was coloring their dresses, I added a gradient map to that layer which caused the dresses to be very saturated at the bottom......

You just can't put anything over on you guys!

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Old 11-10-2006, 04:49 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Hi Beth

I long ago decided to match my monitor with my printer since I print mostly at home and the heck with the net

Here is a trick... put your photo away for a few days. Then with fresh eyes open your photo and make note of your first impression... write it down and make corrections. Do this at least one more time until your first impressions of skin tone is on.

Do the same with a print if you print at home.

I would not worry about how much of this color and that color for the correct blend. There are just too many variations of skin tone to make any one THE tone.

I have found that working on a tone for too long messes up color perception. You are better off closing it for awhile. You will be surprised at the color castes you will catch that way.

Butch
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Old 11-10-2006, 05:50 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Butch - you're certainly right about that getting away thing - I can't tell you the number of times I've had prints made or posted things on the net, only to see it days or months later and am horrified!!!!

I guess when you're looking at something that close for that long you're bound to lose perspective...... I wish someone would invent something that would 'cleanse the palette' so to speak, for eyes...... hey, with the right marketing, you could bottle your remedy and get really rich....... 'course then I'd probably want a cut

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Old 11-10-2006, 06:12 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Someone already did that Beth... it's called LSD...
Myself I just bang my head against the wall a few times... when the stars go away my eyes are reset.
Now if I could figure out how to reset my fingers and brain when it comes to spelling.

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Old 11-10-2006, 08:12 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Butch......that's probably a form of generic LSD....... I'm thinking your first idea sounds better..... although, that 'stars' part sounds pretty tempting!

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Old 11-10-2006, 10:52 PM
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This is the best I could come up with.
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:43 AM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Chillin...... that's beautiful.... I'm guessing you started from the original scan and I'm seeing the difference in your version....... softer and more believable....it's very good.....

I'm going to send my mother-in-law, Carolyn, the link here for her to see all the beautiful colorizations......... her sister, Joan Belle should have her first computer by now and I want her to see these too!

Thank you for your work!

Beth
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