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Old 03-08-2004, 06:52 AM
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Yes, taken in Germany in 1958. I'd like to try coloring it but cannot find a tutorial that explains everything to someone new at coloring. Like the best way to make the selections. A tut that hits every detail.
On the edge of the photo I have a sample of the womans dress and a small sample of the background.She also said she was blonde but this photo doesn't seem to support that, Lokks more to be light brown to me.
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Old 03-08-2004, 07:56 AM
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The absolute bestest colourising tutorial I know (although it takes a different approach from almost all the others out there) is the Primary Colorizing tutorial at Worth1000 (if you try that one and it doesn't suit you, there are a couple of other colourising tutorials at Worth1000 in their Tutorials section). The only thing I would say is download the sample image they use in the tutorial and work through the tutorial using that first, because that will make things a lot clearer. It's not an immediately intuitive process, but it is easy to follow and seems to produce better results than many other techniques out there.

A lot of people with light brown hair seem to get described as blonde - I guess it sounds better than "mousey". If you aim for the blonder end of light brown/browner end of blonde you'll probably be in the right ball park.
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:20 AM
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Hi pcbrown,

Welcome to RP!

An excellent Tutorial on colorizing black & white pictures is to be found right here at RP.

I colorized your picture using the technique described in the Tutorial.

Not knowing what the original colours were, I used my imagination ....
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:39 AM
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Hi pcbrown,

Welcome to RP!

An excellent Tutorial on colorizing black & white pictures is to be found right here at RP.

I colorized your picture using the technique described in the Tutorial.

Not knowing what the original colours were, I used my imagination ....
That was an awesome job. How long did it take you to learn this.
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Old 03-08-2004, 09:01 AM
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That was an awesome job. How long did it take you to learn this.
Thanks pcbrown!

The first time I started working with pictures was nearly 4 years ago .....

Colorizing isn't really my 'cup of tea' .... There are many, here, who can work magic in colorizing pictures .... I only wanted to show you an example of what can be done.....

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Old 03-08-2004, 12:38 PM
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Do you have any idea about the correct colors? I just guessed at these. I think her dress may have been pink, but I was going for a bit more contrast.
The best thing to remember when coloring is that there are millions of colors, so don't limit yourself to just a few.
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Old 03-08-2004, 12:59 PM
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Leah,

I had seen that tutorial ... and tried it only once on the same picture downloaded from the tutorial site .... as I said .... colorizing is definitely not my cup of tea ... compared to Vikki's beautiful, very natural result, mine seems a made-up doll....


Vikki,

I always admired all your work .... but the pictures you colorize are really breathtaking ....

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On the edge of the photo I have a sample of the womans dress and a small sample of the background.She also said she was blonde but this photo doesn't seem to support that, Lokks more to be light brown to me.
I do hope he finds a way to let you know ....

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Old 03-08-2004, 01:35 PM
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Flora, thank you! Your coloring looks great. It's just a different style.
I don't care for the tutorials where you are instructed to select areas, or the hue/sat method. The one I use it the Primary Coloring method at this site (it's not easy, but I like the results).
http://www.worth1000.com/tutorial.asp
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Old 03-09-2004, 12:33 PM
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Vikki showed me the primary colorization method from worth1000.com a while ago, and I've use it a lot, and feel it produces very nice results. Like Vikki I used it on this image. I find that the primary colorization method doesn't always give me the best skin color, so I usually add additional layers (blending mode color) to tweek any colors that need adjusting.

I also compared some methods for converting to grayscale before I started colorizing: image/mode/grayscale, channel mixer (with monochrome selected), and then the channels. I went with the green channel which looked the best to me, and opened it up a little with a levels layer.

Flora, I couldn't agree more about Vikki's tremendous skills in colorizing.

Alan
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Old 03-09-2004, 01:45 PM
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Vikki,

Thank you very much for the link .... I had been there once already and tried it ... Been back yesterday and I'm going to try it again...

Alan,

Wow!!...Just beautiful .... Gosh ... I really have to try it again....
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