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Old 09-02-2010, 03:54 AM
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Re: colouring gone all wrong

paulus,
You are really improving in you colourizing!

Since there are so many of them, you could make a Google search about colourizing techniques and experiment until you find the one, or the combination, you like most.

A few tips to remember when colourizing:

Balance Shadow/Higlights first as, most of the times, pure (or nearly pure) black just as pure
(or nearly pure) white can't be coloured.....

As for Coloring, I've collected several of
Vikki's excellent tips on colorizing ... whatever method you decide to use:
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The following tips are based on viewing a LOT of colorings:

  • Pay attention to the details. It really is that important.
  • Don't choose colors that are too bright, go for more muted colors for a more natural look.
  • Don't leave any areas gray, even if you know they probably were. That goes for black and white as well.
  • Nothing is one solid color, unless you dye it, (or make a selection and fill it with color).
  • Nothing is ever just one color
  • Although you would think teeth are white, they really aren't and have a tendancy to look gray unless they are given some color.
  • You might consider applying a light sepia tone to the image before you start coloring. It gives you a head start on the skin tones, and eliminates all the ghostly grays.
  • Don't leave anything gray. Even gray has color in it (often from reflected surroundings). If the job looks tedious, apply a sepia tone before you start coloring.
  • Desaturate some of the color in the shadows. They have a tendancy to grab the color, and it can look artificial if it's too vibrant there.
  • Watch out for high intensity colors. Bright blues, pinks, and such, if not handled carefully can look garish.

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Old 09-02-2010, 04:14 AM
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Re: colouring gone all wrong

Hi Flora,

Thanks for the info - very handy.

I'm now working on a few more images - so hopefully my skills will improve

Cheers
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Old 09-02-2010, 12:05 PM
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Re: colouring gone all wrong

Thanks for your feedback .. and look forward to seeing more of your work!!
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:52 PM
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Re: colouring gone all wrong

Hi Flora,

Just thought I'd post one of the other images I'm working on.

- I'm still having problems with skin tones but I'm quite pleased with it but nowhere near what I want to achieve. Its the prep work before I start painting I think which is catching me out a bit.

This is a soldier from New Zealand who we think had brief er relationship with my great great great Auntie (I think) who was his nurse in WW1

Its a cut out struck onto a paper frame from a photo firm in Stockport (UK) near a fever hospital where my aunt worked (dealing with Spanish Influenza we think).

Many thanks
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:59 PM
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Looks good Paul.
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:03 PM
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Re: colouring gone all wrong

Thanks cupcake.

I'm finding soldiers ok to do
Its the close up portraits where they look like they've been under a sun bed for a day - that I'm struggling with

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:37 AM
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Re: colouring gone all wrong

here is my attempt at coloring it. I might have made the hair too dark but i didnt know if she was a brunette and the photo was faded or a blond.
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:50 PM
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Her hair colour is spot on - looks good

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Old 09-04-2010, 09:48 PM
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In colorization I would use a color matching tools to find a pleasant overall look.
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Old 09-05-2010, 04:26 AM
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Hi Chillin,

Which tools should I use to colour match?

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