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Old 11-11-2006, 10:27 AM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

solitear, I actually like your first post the best (love the chair!). My guess is, the problem is with the method you are using to colorize. That causing the pasty look. Using "soft light" and other blend modes changes the luminosity of the image in an unnatural and uneven manner. I've posted your colorized image next to the original, removing the color so just the luminosity is showing. Can you see what is happening? I would put your color image on a color mode layer over the original (desaturated), and work from there.
I've also posted a semi finished color version using the method I always recommend, Primary Colorization.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:43 AM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Hi Beth,

Looks great but a tad flat, maybe introduce some new midtones, skinwise that is
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:15 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Vikki,

I absolutely could see when you placed them side by side..... and never knew about Soft Light, etc.. messing up the luminosity...... I would use it, think it looked livelier but would ultimately wonder why the people didn't look 'real'....
I looked at your colored version and it was a photo not a painting..... exactly what I would hope people see...

Thank you for the direction this gives me......

Beth

PS....... Vikki, I sit and study your beautiful work trying to emulate your art but you truly have a gift you've gone on to develope and that, frankly, has become 'the' standard we use to judge our work by.......
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:22 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Hi Cass....... I'm with you on this one....... I think next time I'm gonna approach it from a completely different direction..... maybe go for a live, human look instead of the alien droid look......

Beth
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Old 11-11-2006, 04:09 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Had a quick go at this lovely picture. All curves adjustment layers. Maybe a little over saturated though... i keep looking at it and changing my mind lol

John.
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Old 11-11-2006, 06:28 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Hi John...... I like it!! The dress color especially is perfect..... they have depth without being too saturated at the bottom as mine were......

Did you use the original scan....... I'm asking since I notice your skin tones are nice and not too harsh....... really a lovely version..... I've played with color and curves adjustment layers but not enough to know when or which way to pull the curve..... any 'close' color for me is purely accident.....

Thank you, I know my mother-in-law is going to love it...

Beth
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Old 11-12-2006, 02:39 AM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Yes, I used the original scan.
I haven't made as good a job on the chair as you did, though.
Also, the angle of the picture on the wall seems different somehow to your original colourized version...! Must be down to my amateurish selection technique..! lol
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:02 AM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Beth,

Had a look at your first posted pic and the colourisation is beautiful but somehow doesn't look quite right. Finally I tried a few things and realised the dresses and everything to my eye looked a little flat, so I created a greyscale copy and then equalised it and set it in overlay mode at 23%
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Old 11-20-2006, 12:37 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

I use the RED in selective color adjustment on an image that has been run first thru Vatriations adjustment.
I turn the whole image as share of red using vatriations...(similar to HUE/Sat colorize it red) Once its redish then I use the Selective Color Adj. Again similar to the Hue/Sat but with a little more control, because of the white/nutral/black controls.

Anyway hope it adds something to the mix.

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Old 11-20-2006, 01:28 PM
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Re: Colorized old photo but need input re: skin tones

Hi Lasa....... that's beautiful and what an interesting and fun sounding way to colorize the photo...... I think I'm going to have to try that...... thank you!

Beth
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