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Old 08-17-2001, 10:04 PM
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My first effort at coloring an old B&W photo

This is my first attempt at coloring a B&W photo.
My goal was a watercolor rendition of the photo.

This photo taken in early 1930's is of my maternal G.Grandparents. We have very few photos of them. I knew my Mom would like the restored b&w version, but I didn't expect her to like the colored version, because she normally she likes to keep the photos very true to the original, but she surprised me - she liked the watercolored version a lot.

- First I restored the photo using a combination of PhotoImpact 6 and Picture Window.

- Second, I used PhotoImpact 6 to add watercolor brush stokes.
Effect > Natural Painting > Watercolor

- Third, in PhotoImpact, I colored it using the
Retouch > Colorize Pen

I would appreciate your feedback, opinions, tips, thoughts, etc. on how I could make it better.

My BEFORE/AFTER images:

- To see my BEFORE image, click here
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...s=&postid=1931

Or see my post titled "See Lilla's BEFORE image here..." posted on 24 Aug. This shows the original image.

- To see my AFTER image, which includes the changes I made based upon feedback received in this thread, click the link below:

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...s=&postid=1932

Or see my post titled "See Lilla's AFTER image here..." posted on 24 Aug.


Thank you, Lilla

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Old 08-17-2001, 11:55 PM
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You'll need to attach it or give us a URL
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:18 PM
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Doug, thanks. I added a link to my original message.

I tried to upload the file along with the message, but it would not take it even though it was less than 102,400 bytes. I decided it was due to server problems because it was not responding normally, and after I gave up, I found I could not access any of the forums.
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:22 PM
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Yes, there were server probs last night. Sorry you got caught in the midst.

Very nice colorization (great pic, too)

Only advise I could offer is to even out the saturation. Some areas are lots more saturated than others, which is fine for artistic effect, but for realism the eye says 'something's off here'.
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:26 PM
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Lilla; NEAT PICTURE!!!! Have you tried printing it on watercolor paper? I think you've got a keeper there. I like the style and, again, I would suspect that printed on either Watercolor type paper or a felt type would produce exceptional results. ANOTHER PICTURE WINDOW USER---YEA!!! Tom
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:28 PM
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OK, Tom, meet me over in the Software forum and explain what the heck this 'Picture Window' is
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:37 PM
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Lilla,

I like it just the way it is. I am drawn to vivid colors and you did a great job on that one. You really highlighted the trees and shrubs well too. It really stands out nicely and I personally would leave it just the way it is. Excellent job!!
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:53 PM
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Dear Lillia,
Learning to color b&w photos is of particular interest to me.From my trial and error I have learned that less is more. I personally would have made the color values weaker unless you want that particular effect. It's important to use a color blend mode so that the tonal qualities show through. Also start out with a very low opacity when you paint on the new color.Use the skin and hairtone file on this site and take samples of grass color etc. from photos that youv'e scanned in.I also like the effect of creating a sepia tone image and then adding some spots of color. I did this with a wedding picture and it came out beautifully. Something else I did which turned out nice was I took an old b&w photo of my mother as a young woman and placed her(keeping her b&w) in a colorful flower garden.She's been deceased for a few years now and I wanted to create a special gift for my Dad.
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Old 08-18-2001, 01:10 PM
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Doug, thanks for the feedback.

You are right, my goal on this piece is an artistic rendition, rather than a realistic rendition, but perhaps there are places where a more even saturation would be better even for my artistic rendition. I will experiment with this.

I'm glad you like the photo and the way I colored it! And, again thanks for the feedback.

Lilla
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Old 08-18-2001, 01:29 PM
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Thomas, I'm so glad that you like the photo and the way I colored it.

I have, so far, only printed it on Epson Photo Paper, and it looks good. Your idea of printing it on a watercolor paper, or perhaps a felt paper, is intriging. I have the Canon S800, I'll investigage those papers.

Question: Would a matte paper be about the same as a felt paper?

Lilla
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