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Old 01-28-2002, 08:27 PM
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Hi all!

I'm wondering if you can help me. I'm just learning how to hand color Black & White photos. I have the basic concept and use the method of layering and selections and targeting the color (adjusting the opacity). What I'm wondering is, how far do I go? I'm sure it's a matter of taste, but say I'm working on a family picture... It takes a fair amount of time to color each person. Would you go the next step and color the entire background?

Here is a picture of myself, sister and brother. I have will attatch the original, hand painted without background and finally the starting of my painting the background ie: wall and painting.

I'd love your oppinion.

I'll have to attach the photos seperately as it says the size exceeds the max amount
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Old 01-28-2002, 08:31 PM
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Here is the original....
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Old 01-28-2002, 08:32 PM
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Here is my first attemp at hand coloring - no background colored...
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Old 01-28-2002, 08:33 PM
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Finally, the background being colored. So far only the painting and wall....
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Old 01-28-2002, 08:35 PM
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I like the background colored. I think you did a good job on that wall.

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Old 01-28-2002, 08:37 PM
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Hi Again!

Just noticed the resizing of the pictures makes them look very pixellated. The originals were saved as tiff's and are an additional 25% larger.

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Old 01-28-2002, 08:40 PM
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Thanks Sharon,

I know the original wall color was a drabby cream! When I layered cream over and tried overlay - it looked horrible. I tried using a verigated color so it wasn't as noticable and it hid a lot of the noise. Do you think I should color the couch and the rest??
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Old 01-28-2002, 08:56 PM
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I don't know. I'm no artist, I have to try it because I have trouble picturing it. I know if I like it when I see it.

My grandparents had a photography studio and they had a woman who worked for them who did all their "coloring". She was incredible, could open closed eyes, etc.

If it's that kind of effect you want, it has to be very subtle, which I think yours is.

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Old 01-28-2002, 09:16 PM
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First of all, I think you did a great job with coloring the kids. As for the cream colored wall, remember that the flash illuminates the foreground making the background seem even darker. To apply cream color over that won't work because it is darkened too much. Now ask yourself what it is in the image that is important to you. Is that small section of couch important? Or the wall color? You have the kids just about popping out at you and that's what I would think was what you want to bring the viewers eyes too. I'm no photographer but I know when I look at this photo what I remember seeing is the faces of those children and the vivid red dress and dark blue suit offset by that creamy yellow dress. Give your self a pat on the back for doing a great job coloring them and forget the unimportant parts. In my opinion, it's alot of work for not much gain. What's that saying?? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."?
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Old 01-29-2002, 01:01 AM
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Well, I tried coloring the couch, pillow and straightening the picture. I guess coloring the background is a matter of personal taste. Although, I'd love to hear how others tackle a picture like this and if they recommend coloring the backgrounds.

P.S. That's me in the red dress! ha ha
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