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Old 04-14-2010, 11:45 PM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Hello. I´m surprised, I do have a premium account. Please wait a couple of days, the weekend I´l upload them again. I´m so sorry
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:05 AM
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Hello dear friends.
Now, when we`re beginning a new year it`s time for a new post, wright?
As I said this before, we could share some experiences about and why not talk of this, colouring? It`s almost a day by day task.
I`m a selfmade restorer. Where I live and the times when I was beginning had nobody to teach me about. So, reading books, magazines, tutorials (later years, because internet`s forums were not available 10 years ago) etc etc.
Learning ang practicing, acquireing from my own mistakes was my way to understand what I was doing. Took time; maybe a good teacher and knowing people in the brand would help me to achieve earlier skills. But, it`s never too late to pick up something new and improve your technique.
About colouring I knew a lot of ways to do. First, I begun with the selections: make a selection with lasso, for instance, and colour it using changes of the hue and saturations or have a new lyer after and colour(paint) it. Every part of the face, of the body, different pieces of the cloth you should do the bothering selection and so on. I didn`t liked that, was too slow and the borders always were too sharp, not very precise and we talk about waist a lot, lot of time. Also, modifying a selection if later something wasn`t so perfect was more loosing time. So, dismissed.
I thought: the ideal way must be to do it in a short time, using a few and easy adjustable tool, in a fluid mode and have the possibility to edit or change the colour, or retouch the borders quickly without loosing time.
¿What could be the best but using the lyer masks and the fusion mode of the lyers?
So, I started with this technique and I really never changed it in the last 7-8 years. I don`t mean that`s the best, the only one one should use, no, I mean that`s the best for me, for the way I`m working. Maybe other people like the other way and that`s great, everyone must do what he seems that`s ok with him.
So, my routine is this:
1. Scan the image at 800 - 1000dpi at it`s native scale, 100%. If it`s an old one, I mean the colours are bad, scan in the grey scale (1/3 of the RGB Mbytes).
2.Crop to the size, 6"x8", 8"x10" etc.
3.Restore
4.Colour: Every image`s colour is a different lyer. So, above the background I make a new lyer and paint it with the colour of the skin areas (face, hands etc the same). Brush has the 60-65% of opacity. Then I cange the lyer fusion mode from Normal to Colour.. If necessary, put a little down the transparence. Now, the magic touch: make a lyer mask and eliminate (paint brush B, black colour) everything which is out of the rank. If I screw something, turn to the white colour and replace the pixels. Using the soft or the hard brushe`s borders you should have the resoult as you like. Then, a new lyer and do the same, adding a little soft "rose" colour on the cheeks. If you like, can add it on the hands (or body if it`s a streapteese retouch, hahaha) as you like. Cloths must have the same treatment, every part of the cloth has it`s own lyer and colour, generally "soft light" lyer mode, hair too.
I upload today 3 samples in the .psd native file, with all the lyer`s mask, they are originally and just look the lyers and the fusion mode of each. Also you could have the colour samples I used for each:
http://rapidshare.com/files/330295221/Sample-1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/330299211/Sample-3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/330306969/Sample-4.rar
The links were uploaded with a premium account so I hope they`ll be available for a long time. My software is in spanish but I`m sure it`s not a problem for you.
My best regards,
Florin

I am crazy about colourizing black and white photos, I would have liked to see one of your colourized photos unfortunately I cannot open the file it says error. If you don't mind I show you an example of my work. I only use 3 layers blue, Red and yellow.

http://www.pbase.com/mstmart/image/109493959

I look forward to see one of your work.


helen
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:20 AM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Florin...you are saying the layers you color you convert to "softlight"?
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:16 AM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Helen, love your colorization.
I'm with you, color adds so much!!
For those that don't like it, they can
easily reduce it back to black & White.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:28 AM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Hello. Sorry about the files, the premium Rapidshare is of a friend of mine, but now i have a permanent mine. In a little while I´ll upload some files again, right now.
Hellen, very good your work. As I said before, this is not so complicated. Using the blendind (or fusion) modes is a piece of cake. You must avoid the very clear or very dark tones because the blending dos not works so well on them.
I´m uploading the files...
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:18 AM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Here they are (new ones):
http://rapidshare.com/files/382675940/LMejias_color.psd

http://rapidshare.com/files/382685941/4_color.psd

http://rapidshare.com/files/382688008/3-color.psd

http://rapidshare.com/files/382690550/img213_color.psd

I also uploaded the color samples (Muestras_05.2007.aco) I´m using. The final ones have some soft skin colors.
http://rapidshare.com/files/38269209...as_05.2007.aco

Just check the layers palette, everything is there.

Skydog, I´m sorry to answer so late. It´s for the work. In the RGB mode, you´ll create a layer for every color. Just fill it with the one you choose, change the blending mode to color, soft light, multiply etc, make a layer mask and erase the excess with the paintbrush (B), in black. White will revive some detail if you´ve erase too much. Changing the transparency of each layer is your taste.
Finally you save the .psd, make a copy of the file, join the layers and the background into a .jpg file. Adjust the saturation if it needs so.

One of my favorites are the vintage pics. In my site samples gallery http://restorations.yolasite.com/samples-gallery.php there is a really nice one, with two ladies. The colors are very easy, I just used golden, blue and olive green in color and soft light layers blending mode. Too bad I´ve erased the .psd file but I´m sure you´ll like this combination.

Cheers

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Old 05-02-2010, 12:03 PM
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Sorry, the pic http://www.pbase.com/mstmart/image/109493959 is from sergio2263 or Helen? I´m so lunatic sometimes....
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:57 PM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

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Here they are (new ones):
http://rapidshare.com/files/382675940/LMejias_color.psd

http://rapidshare.com/files/382685941/4_color.psd

http://rapidshare.com/files/382688008/3-color.psd

http://rapidshare.com/files/382690550/img213_color.psd

I also uploaded the color samples (Muestras_05.2007.aco) I´m using. The final ones have some soft skin colors.
http://rapidshare.com/files/38269209...as_05.2007.aco

Just check the layers palette, everything is there.

Skydog, I´m sorry to answer so late. It´s for the work. In the RGB mode, you´ll create a layer for every color. Just fill it with the one you choose, change the blending mode to color, soft light, multiply etc, make a layer mask and erase the excess with the paintbrush (B), in black. White will revive some detail if you´ve erase too much. Changing the transparency of each layer is your taste.
Finally you save the .psd, make a copy of the file, join the layers and the background into a .jpg file. Adjust the saturation if it needs so.

One of my favorites are the vintage pics. In my site samples gallery http://restorations.yolasite.com/samples-gallery.php there is a really nice one, with two ladies. The colors are very easy, I just used golden, blue and olive green in color and soft light layers blending mode. Too bad I´ve erased the .psd file but I´m sure you´ll like this combination.

Cheers
I've just visit your site your restorations is absolutely wonderful. I love the way you colourize your photos. I've managed to download one of the file to have a look it's very good and quite different. Would you mind if I ask how you do your restorations? please you don't have to answer if you don't want to but I am very curious with your restoration results.


Many thanks


helen
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:17 PM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Hi, Helen. I´m some crazy guy which spent 4 or 5 more time to restore a high level pic. I´m talking abut some very damaged ones like this: http://i40.tinypic.com/xeqt89.jpg
Easy pics never come to me. So, I have ipmroved the clone-brushpaint technique all these years just because leave behind a lot of details in a "fixed" pic is not for my taste. Maybe I´m too exagerate, that´s true, but I get accustomed to paint. This started when I knew what the clonebrush can do. It´s much more better than the paintbrush (B) because you can have blended pixels, transitions etc and not so flat colors as "B" brush. It´s just a skill technique, nothing more. I also study or look a lot abuot the human physiognomy. This helps me to rebuilt (like the pic above) the fadded and missing parts of the image. I always start with the eyes, rebuilt and expression. If you´ll do good eyes you´ll have inloved the client. Then, go down little by little, painting the nose, mouth and cheeks. It´s so slow but sometimes the damages are so extended and no tool could remake the image. Work hard with the clonebrush and you´ll see in some middle-time the best resoults.
Cheers
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:42 PM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Hi Florin,
My technique is very different. I use gradient maps. I also prefer to use less damaged originals whenever I can.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre_...7602326123652/
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