Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Restoration
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Photo Restoration Repairing damaged photos

Colourising images!

Thread Tools
Old 01-25-2007, 10:45 PM
photowonderPRO photowonderPRO is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2
Red face Colourising images!

Hi All,

I have been working on a few very old black and white images from around the 1900's which have over 15 people in the image. They have several cracks and rips evident over the main part of the image.

Does anyone have any advice on the most efficient way to colourise an image with so many people? I thought of using the brush in colour mode but cant get the exact colours i want.

Any advice or ideas are welcome.

Reply With Quote top
Old 01-25-2007, 11:33 PM
CJ Swartz's Avatar
CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Metro Phoenix area, Arizona
Posts: 3,344
Blog Entries: 19
Re: Colourising images!

Welcome to RetouchPro!

It usually helps to post a copy (see link below for info on size & recommended method for uploading images) of your original work and a copy of your present status to show folks the situation you are facing. It usually helps to let us know which program(s) you are using so that proper terms can be used (PSP, Photoshop, PS Elements, or whichever editing program you might be using).

Colorization/Colourization is easy to overdo for many of us, but using the layer blend mode of color is usually recommended.

For general tips on colorizing, you can do a search of the website, but since you have a specific situation in mind, uploading a sample would probably be a good first step.
Reply With Quote top
Old 01-28-2007, 04:45 AM
sunfly's Avatar
sunfly sunfly is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 54
Re: Colourising images!

Hi there,

I colourized a black and white 1950 wedding photo. It was a formal party of 10 people, 8 standing and 2 seated.

I selected 2 or 3 people from different locations in the photo who appeared to have the same skin tone... created a new curve adjustment layer from the selections... and colourized them. I repeated the process, using new layers and different people, until all were selected and colourized.

In this way... I was able to work on the subjects both collectively and separately. It sped up the process quite a bit and working with curves on individual layers also made it very easy to adjust the skin tones in order to give an apparently 'individual skin tone' to each person.

For blushing, I used two different 'blush' colours, on 2 separate curve layers, applying colour where it was appropriate to do so.

Hope this helps,
Reply With Quote top
Old 01-28-2007, 08:09 PM
photowonderPRO photowonderPRO is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2
Re: Colourising images!

Hi All,

Thanks for your comments i will upload the sample image i have for reference in future. I currently use Photoshop CS for processing images and will look thorughly through tutorials and reference guides for some help,

Reply With Quote top
Old 01-28-2007, 08:43 PM
smiley guy smiley guy is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Cambridge, Ontario
Posts: 112
Re: Colourising images!

Most efficient? I'm not sure but there may be a couple of things I can help with.

As far as colours go, do a google search (or search here) for color swatches for skin and hair. There was a very helpful jpeg that came up as well as a bunch of colour swatches for skin and hair. I just did a colourization and it helped me tremendously to have a variety of hair and skin colours to try out.

As far as the actual colorizing goes, I just creat various layers for each colour that I want in the picture. I choose Solid Color adjustment layers and then add a conceal mask to them. I then paint on the mask with 100% opacity and an appropriate brush to basically make the initial selection. when I am happy with the selection and the colour I will then do a variety of things to fine tune it such as lowering the overall opacity of the layer or going in with the same brush and painting back in in various shades of grey to temper the colourizing.

Like I say, I'm not sure if this is efficient but it gives me some nice results. Doing the initial masking with 100% opacity in the brush allows me to be sure of the selection that I'm making, allows me to easily see where I'm painting and allows me to make judgements on the final colour. Having each colour on a Solid Color Adjustment layer also allows me to very easily change the colour(s) after the fact.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing more in your post.
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Restoration

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help extracting/masking images, WILL PAY Ating Classifieds 7 12-17-2006 07:22 PM
Overlaying misregistered or offset images oz1 Image Help 5 08-11-2006 11:22 PM
Resizing images for RetouchPRO jeaniesa Photo Retouching 18 09-26-2005 12:20 AM
$ for RetouchPro - images roger_ele Website Feedback 0 12-04-2002 10:24 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved