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Colouring B&W photos

Post#1 by david » 23 Dec 2017, 12:18


A tutorial for colouring black & white photographs. Written after a query by Sallyanne on GC.
I hope it will help her and others.
david.

edit: updated the file.
edit: minor change to explain how feathering produces smooth transition.
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RJKD
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Post#2 by RJKD » 23 Dec 2017, 14:21


Thankyou David, this will prove to be very useful.
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Pat625
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Post#3 by Pat625 » 23 Dec 2017, 14:44


David, thank you so much for your tutorial. I saw Sallyanne's post and was amazed at your work. I am sure that I will use this often as I have many old photos that have faded or developed a reddish color and need repaired. Thank you again!
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Post#4 by david » 23 Dec 2017, 15:06


RJKD & Pat625,
Glad you think this is useful.
On my computer I have corrected a couple of "typos" and added a note about adjustments within selections. I will wait a few days to see if anyone has any suggestions to improve the tutorial and then upload an updated version.
david.
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Post#5 by david » 24 Dec 2017, 15:44


I have updated the file at the start of this thread - a few small additions, tidying-up and correcting my typos!

To try and prove to myself that the tutorial is OK, I have done another image. To produce the first result - about one hour. For the second, with all the channels and layers available - about five miutes!

david.
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The original image
The original image
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Image desaturated and anisotropic smoothing
Image desaturated and anisotropic smoothing
young-girl-desat.jpg (85.49 KiB) Viewed 1217 times
Result 1
Result 1
young-girl-brown-eyes.jpg (64.41 KiB) Viewed 1217 times
Result 2
Result 2
young-girl-blue-eyes.jpg (72.64 KiB) Viewed 1217 times
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Issabella
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Post#6 by Issabella » 24 Dec 2017, 16:48


David, your work about this photo is really amazing. I'll try to follow your steps and practise the flow. Thank you so much for your tutorial. :gimp_clap: :award_trophy:
Issabella

Don’t be afraid to start over. It’s a new chance to rebuild what you want.
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david
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Post#7 by david » 26 Dec 2017, 17:14


I couldn't resist one more try!
The photo of this elegant young lady I downloaded when I was looking for a picture for the tutorial.
This one was a challenge, because of the fine detail and the low resolution of the original. I also removed some details which I thought distracted from the face.

david.
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RJKD
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Post#8 by RJKD » 27 Dec 2017, 10:18


Stunning results David, thankyou so much for sharing your knowledge, priceless.
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RJKD
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Post#9 by RJKD » 27 Dec 2017, 15:30


Can someone please help me with my selection.
I am trying to select my lips, however when I try to make the inner selection of the lips in this image - nothing happens. I have the selection option at Add to the Current Selection :hammer_head:
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david
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Post#10 by david » 27 Dec 2017, 16:12


RJKD,

When you have previously selected the outside of the lips, you then need to use Subtract from the Current Selection to exclude the teeth.
Shift plus the select tool will give you Add to Selection.
Ctrl plus the select tool gives you Subtract from Selection.

Because I am very inaccurate at drawing, I rapidly go from one to the other to make corrections!

If you are following my tutorial, I would first select the inside of the lips (the teeth) and save to a channel. Then select the outside of the lips, go to the "teeth" channel, right-click and select "Subtract from Selection" from the drop-down menu. That way you know that you are getting exactly the same dividing line between the two selections.

I hope this makes sense! Any problems - just ask.

david.
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