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Old 04-26-2009, 08:23 PM
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I have a friend that took this wonderful photograph of Jennifer for her husband. His name is Ron of Thomason Photography. To give him credit. so duly deserved.

I thought it would be fun to colorize it. Fun for practice or testing a new skill!

I've attached the Black and White version along with my attempt at colorizing. I've only attempted colorizing a few times and enjoy any time I get a chance to practice. Let's see what everyone comes up with.
You can use any color that you feel like.
Most of all have fun at play!
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File Type: jpg JenniferBW V 0564 8x10.JPG (69.0 KB, 251 views)

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Old 04-26-2009, 09:15 PM
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Re: Colorize project

so what technique did you use?
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:22 PM
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Re: Colorize project

Honestly I do not know what I'm doing. This is only my second attempt of this and have no idea of how to properly do it. Im sure I did it the hard way. but here goes.
hue/saturation - colorize is what I used to change the BW to the color I wanted then cloned it onto my copy. I kept doing that with every color change until I liked what I saw.
Then used curves to tweek it a bit more.


ok, you can laugh now.

I am very sure others have a more simple conventional way of doing this.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:41 PM
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Re: Colorize project

looks good, kate

uhm, we can laugh if that's what you really want

there are a number of techniques for colorizing. the worth1000 tutorial is the first one i learned. i think that's the one vikki recommends, also. but since then, i've simplified my own technique by simply airbrushing on a blank layer set to 'color' blend (usually-depends on the image and the results, of course).
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:45 PM
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Re: Colorize project

Thanks!
Oh no - no laughter needed...
I just found it for me simpler to change the color in the black and white and clone it onto the copy I was doing. Something I just came up with myself.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:46 PM
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Re: Colorize project

yup, that's fine. whatever works just threw mine in there for extra info, not to say you did anything wrong
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:42 PM
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Re: Colorize project

I used gradient maps to color everything but the background. I found made different gradients for the skin. This is a very good picture to start with so the coloring was pretty good when applied.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:44 PM
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Re: Colorize project

that looks great, unimatrix. care to elaborate on the use of gradient maps? some examples maybe, or some step by step, at least in part?
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:07 PM
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Re: Colorize project

I made my gradients from this chart. I named them as they are listed on the chart. I only have them in cs2 and have to recreate them for cs4.{will get around to that someday} I use quick mask mode to color mask the face. then with the selection showing i use a gradient map from the chart choosing which ever one looks the most natural. I change the blending mode from normal to either softlight, overlay, or color. I will also put a check in the reverse box and check out the different blend modes to see what looks the most natural. I will also use two gradient maps for one area and adjust the opacity and blend mode to get the color right. Here is a link to the original skin chart.
http://www.idigitalemotion.com/tutor...e/skintone.jpg
I will also mix and match the colors for the gradient, you get some interesting gradients.
Here is another picture with my workflow attached.
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File Type: jpg colorized-2.jpg (99.5 KB, 195 views)

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Old 04-26-2009, 11:43 PM
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Re: Colorize project

There is nothing wrong with using the hue/saturation method for colorization. It's the the method I often prefer. Instead of using it to find your color and then clone it on though, try adding your hue/saturation as an adjustment layer, and add a layer mask to restrict your adjustment to just the area that you want to adjust. by doing it this way, you can also apply more than one adjustment to an area if you want, or remove it if you don't like it later, and use the opacity setting, and blend modes to adjust your adjustments.
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