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Any tutorial on how to color a black & white picture?

 
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Oct 17, 2013 03:15 |  #1

I am trying to convert an old 50~60s family portrait from Black and White to Color.
Any one can guide me in right direction?


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Oct 17, 2013 05:30 |  #2

I've been having a go myself at this and at first I used the method by adding a new layer set to 'overlay' mode for each colour to paint over with opacity set between 50 and 70% and painting over, but I've been trying the method in this link,
http://www.image-restore.co.uk …ting-an-old-photo-part-1/ (external link)
especially for the skin tones, where you add a new layers set to 'colour' mode and mask it inverted, with different skin tones and paint over.
Here is also a link for some skin tone swatches for photoshop. http://deviantnep.devi​antart.com …n-Color-Swatches-23379123 (external link) (There is also some hair colours for download too).

This is my first attempt using this method for the face and hair, the rest of the colours were done using the 'overlay' layer method. I think I will try the 'colour' layer method for it all next time as it seems to give more natural looking colours. I do find it hard getting the skin tones just right, I guess it just takes practice!

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Oct 17, 2013 09:36 |  #3

Thank you Brian, working my way up.


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