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Old 08-28-2001, 12:48 PM
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My first ever colorization

Well, with Susan's lead, I decided I needed to try a colorization. Something I never really thought about doing, but Susan inspired me. I decided to work on my grandparents' wedding photo. I've always loved the photo, but it is starting to yellow and needed a little touch-up work before I even got to the colorization.

I spent WAY too long doing this - about 6 hours total, I think. (Does practice help reduce that to less than an hour? I can't see people paying me for that much time just to colorize a photo.) I should have been reading Eisman's book instead (which may have given me some tips to reduce the amount of time I spent on it) or working on my business challenge entry. Instead, I spent hours analyzing and second guessing myself on skin tones, lips (what a pain in the butt!!) and hair color.

Anyway, I'd really appreciate feedback - esp. any comments on how it could be better. Thanks, Jeanie
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Old 08-28-2001, 12:59 PM
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Nicely Done

Fantastic job!

The background looks nice, the skin tones are great, even the brass buttons glow! My only criticism is that her teeth look a bit blue. Other than that I am most impressed. In fact, you have inspired me, and I think I will have to try my hand at a colorization! And I must add, what a cute couple!!!
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Old 08-28-2001, 01:06 PM
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The teeth! Of course!! I didn't touch them with the colorization, so they're actually straight grayscale. But against everything else, they do look out of place. Well, I thought I was tired of working on it, but just one more little tweek couldn't hurt, huh? -Jeanie
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Old 08-28-2001, 01:07 PM
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It makes me feel so good to watch y'all inspire each other

This is a good colorization. Not even 'good for a first attempt'. Just plain old good

I do agree that the blues appear to be a bit prevalent. Overall a cold cast. Rather than toning down the blues, maybe crank up the saturation on the warm tones a tad? But not if it compromises those nice blues.
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Old 08-28-2001, 02:16 PM
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OK, I lightened the teeth and increased saturation (too much?) on the faces/hair. (I've got so many different selections saved for this photo that it's easy to isolate just about any part in an instant.) Definite improvement! Thanks for the tips, T Paul and Doug.

I tried changing the background color to more of a pink to warm the overall picture tone, but it just didn't look as good. So, I think I'll stick with the blue background.

For those following this thread, I've attached the "new & improved" version. (Doug, please let me know if I attach too many pictures to my posts.)

Susan, as for the color of the brass - it was complete experimentation. Pure yellow looked fake, so I kept adding a little orange into the mix until "looked right" to my eyes. (I also played with the opacity quite a bit on ALL of the colors.)

Thanks for all of your encouragement! Now I eagerly await a response from my mother (whose parents these are.)


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Old 08-28-2001, 03:20 PM
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Jeanie,

Your mother just called me. She is *VERY* impressed, as we all are. Excellent work!

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Old 08-28-2001, 03:35 PM
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Jeanie

Great job!!!! You really did superbly on the coloring. It looks like it was originally color. Keep up the good work girl. We need that kind of inspiration.
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Old 08-28-2001, 03:57 PM
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Jeanie,

The teeth look a lot more natural now. Nicely done. I am sure your mother will be thrilled with what you have done. In fact, you have given me some ideas for some gifts for my relatives.

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Old 08-28-2001, 04:31 PM
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Good job, it looks great
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Old 08-28-2001, 04:51 PM
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my first ever

I think it looks great. Love the shot and love the color. Not overdone just right.
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