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Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 27 Dec 2017, 17:22
by RJKD
Thankyou David, your response made perfect sense. I'm learning a lot from this tutorial as I've only ever used channels once before.
I was able to make my selection by subtracting from the teeth and gum channels to give me the lips outlined as a selection. :thumbsup:

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 27 Dec 2017, 18:07
by RJKD
Really happy with a quick run through, thankyou so much David, a whole new world has opened for me.
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Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 27 Dec 2017, 20:18
by david
RJKD,

Congratulations! An excellent result. I'm glad the tutorial is of use to you.
I am sure it can be improved, but it is the method that works for me and I made the tutorial in the hope that it will help others.

david.

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 04:29
by gnerd
Wow incredible work on these beautiful photos, thank you so much for this incredible tutorial!!

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 03 Jan 2018, 05:16
by oldmangrumpy
David - given the wonderful results above, I have just downloaded your tut. Now to find all those very old photos.

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 04 Jan 2018, 09:58
by david
OMG,

I look forward to seeing your photos. With your ability, I am sure you will produce better results than me.
Any improvements you find to the tutorial will be most welcome.

david.

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 05 Jan 2018, 01:37
by oldmangrumpy
David - for my first attempt at your tut, I chose a 50 year old photo of myself when I had just arrived in Oz to work in a large bank. I even found an old banking chamber to add as background.

The tut is excellent in itself David as it features and describes a 'generic' technique. So thanks very much for providing it and, by the way, this was the first time I had ever used 'channels'. So thanks for that too!

First the original B&W photo then the 'manicured' result from the tut which now it is posted, I have noticed that some of my selections were not as exact as I thought :shock: -

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 05 Jan 2018, 10:27
by david
OMG,

An excellent result on this handsome young man!
I can't say that I notice any great inaccuracies in your selections, but the idea of storing the selections as channels was that previous selections are used to define the edges of the next. It also means that adjustments (brightness, saturation, smoothing, etc.) can be applied to individual areas.
It was a difficult decision as to whether the selections should be stored as channels in their "unexpurgated" form, or feathered before saving to a channel. A case in point was the young girl with pearls in her hair - the pearls I could only feather by 2px, but the outline of the hair I needed to feather by 5px to avoid a hard transition with the background.
Of course, I could save the channels in both forms and confuse myself even more!
Having the selections stored as channels in the .xcf file means that if you decide to revisit the picture, you can make the same precise selections and make changes very quickly.

david.

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 05 Jan 2018, 16:30
by Issabella
David, your tutorials are superb! I want to try it too. I'll let you know my results. :photosmiley:
OMG, you did it great. :gimp_clap:

Re: Colouring B&W photos

Posted: 06 Jan 2018, 08:13
by oldmangrumpy
David - thanks for the compliment ... 50 years on and no hair!

Issabella - thank you too.

Now for my second attempt; needed some extra work to handle the wispy hair but that just helps build and refine the workflow.