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Old 01-04-2010, 05:10 PM
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Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

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:
updated 05.02.2010:
http://rapidshare.com/files/382675940/LMejias_color.psd

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

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

colors i´m using:
http://rapidshare.com/files/38269209...as_05.2007.aco

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

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Old 01-12-2010, 01:40 PM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

The links are always busy!
I will check again later.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:16 PM
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Yeah. I see a lot of enthusiastic and excited people around this post. ¿Is this "share" and "interchange experience"?
Next time I`ll think twice before write a post.
My best regards
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:43 AM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

I don't think the problem with the links is "busy" as much as you have to wait a minute if you don't have a premium account.

Florin, thanks for the rundown on your coloring efforts. I like your enthusiasm. You remind me of myself when I started out. Mostly trial and error with eventual success. That process today is still mostly trial and error and learning with each new project. Trial and error just might be the best educator on planet earth.

I agree with what you said "But, it`s never too late to pick up something new and improve your technique." Fortitude and Perseverance and not giving up makes many things possible!

I like your work and am glad you have posted and shared your personal experiences with color rendered restores. Thank You!
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:11 PM
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Tkank you too.
These days I´ve been extremely busy in work and personal, we´ll be in touch anyway.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:04 AM
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How do you open the file?
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Old 01-17-2010, 03:06 PM
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Download the .rar files to a folder. U must have the Win Rar or Win Zip previously installed in your PC (if not, look for with Google, you´ll find them quickly). Right click one by one with the mouse an choose "extract here". That´s all.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:01 AM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Thank You Florin.
I looked how you color the pictures.
It is very close how I do it.
I also use multiply on some of my layers.
I use Painter 11 sometimes.
They have Gel and Colorize. Try a trial 30 day down load.
I use it for eyes and etc.
Do you print yourself or do your customers want the file.
I keep my file.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:47 PM
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

Hello, my friend.
I don´t print my online jobs, just send the file.
Locally, my photo studio clients have their own digital printers and plotters. I deliver the job, they pay me at once and that´s all. Always keep a backup copy, many times they ruin some hard drive and loose the jobs.
Digital printers are very expensive here in the 3rd world, no man, I never should buy one.
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Re: Colouring the pictures: ¿How to?

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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 best regards,
Florin
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