Calicajun wrote in post #18625890
You may be right. Just so many Youtube videos and they all show a different way of doing the conversions it gets confusing.
Damo77 wrote in post #18625905
That's because there are a lot of different ways. I've done some of this work, and there is no single method that works for every photo, or even every part of a photo. In any given photo I'll use any or all of Levels, Hue/Saturation, Photo Filter, Solid Color layers with blend modes, etc.
There is this, which is perfectly true, but also colourisation of black and white images also covers a very wide area, with a lot of different styles. You go from simple spot colour, with a single colour, through replication of Victorian period hand colouring with dyes, all the way through to a full hopefully accurate colourisation of the entire image. I have even seen TV shows where they have attempted to fully colourised WWII newsreel footage for a modern audience. The problem being that in all probability a simple search for the current thread title is likely to provide hits on all of these possible variations. This is going to be one of those situations where you will need to significantly increase the specificity of your searching.
When it comes to teaching materials I also have to say that I really do like written content, and prefer it to be printed on paper. I come from a time when if they wanted to show us AV content in school they had to set up a 16mm projector, or the program was being broadcast live. The BBC did used to have a schools service using the BBC2 network that did just that during school hours. So I grew up with mostly using books, and now that I have a health condition that affects my short term memory I like them even more, as I can consume them at my own rate. The text based nature of places like POTN is one of the reasons I like it so much. I can read posts at my speed so that I can assimilate the information at a speed that suits how my brain is operating at any given time.
Then you come to the other issue with learning from the internet, the accuracy and veracity of the information you are looking at. Unfortunately there are no really good ways to know if what you are being told is in any way correct or accurate. When I look at information on the web about subjects that I really do know about, and see so much absolute rubbish spouted, it makes me realise just how bad it must be for all subject areas. One advantage in my mind of the old school publishing process was that in some ways it helped to weed out some of the more wacky and way out stuff. Since you did have to get it through the publishing process. Most reputable publishers will have built up a reputation for publishing good work that they will try to be a bit careful to maintain that reputation. The web gives you nothing, although I its guess not such a huge issue for areas like image editing, since in general following not so good advice is mostly only likely to waste your time, not your money, and at least you learned how not to do it.
So when it comes to instructional material on say Photoshop I would start off looking at the tutorials on Adobe's own website, also Adobe TV as they call it is very good. I would look to see who is producing stuff for Adobe, and then go look at their own content. It should at least get you started with people who know what they are talking about.