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#1 USdog

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 08:45 PM

I have been itching to colorize a photo for a while! I just downloaded a photoshop app on my iPad. This is my first attempt. The vegetation was tough to get so it looks sloppy. I hope I colorized the uniforms pretty correct though!

This photo is of two officers of the 70th Infantry Division, April 1945. (From trailblazersWW2.org). The reason why I picked this photo was because I have the dog tags of the guy on the right.

This was a pretty fun and rewarding experience, so hope you all enjoy it!

First is the before.

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 08:49 PM

... and here it is. Sorry for the delay

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 09:04 PM

I attempted to add some blue sky

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 09:41 AM

Man was it that bad??   :lol:  Any input?



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 10:04 AM

That is a really good job.  I am impressed.

Bob



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 10:22 AM

That is a really good job.  I am impressed.

Bob

 

Thanks Bob, means a lot!



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 10:39 AM

Overall, a very good job.

 

On the technical side, the flesh tones seem to be a bit off.  They seem to have a predominant brown tone.  You might try a bit more pink.

 

The shoulder patch and CIB seem to be a bit bright compared to the rest of the photo.



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 12:51 PM

Overall, a very good job.

 

On the technical side, the flesh tones seem to be a bit off.  They seem to have a predominant brown tone.  You might try a bit more pink.

 

The shoulder patch and CIB seem to be a bit bright compared to the rest of the photo.

 

Good input.  Yes, I did use a bit of brown tone on the faces, I could't get the pink right.  The SSI and CIB are bright, I was not sure how to dim it down a bit on the app, still trying to figure it out!

 

Again, thanks for the input, you have a good eye!



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 04:09 PM

Here's my next one I started today. Marine detachment of the USS Indianapolis. Does the skin look better?Posted Image

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 04:42 PM

Looking pretty good...

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 05:08 PM

Looking pretty good...

 

Thanks Tarbridge!



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:25 AM

Good job, the Marine one looks very promising.



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Posted 13 February 2017 - 07:11 PM

Here's my next one I started today. Marine detachment of the USS Indianapolis. Does the skin look better?44b20a07730548fd21a5eae2c450e54c.jpg

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I like this one well done!

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Posted 13 February 2017 - 08:35 PM

Thanks! I actually finished it today and sent it to survivor Ed Harrell, who is in the picture. He wants a few copies of it to keep, so I am going to mail him a few copies. He offered to sign a few for me as well, which is awesome!!

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 07:38 AM

Wow!  Nothing like starting off small!  LOL!

 

That is a lot of detail to work with.

 

I think what you will find is that the more you work with this, the better your results will be.

 

I do not colorize, but I do Photoshop a lot of my color photos for color and lighting corrections.  I also like to work with faded black and white photos and coax out the details. I would like to think I have gotten better at it over time.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:46 AM

Wow!  Nothing like starting off small!  LOL!
 
That is a lot of detail to work with.
 
I think what you will find is that the more you work with this, the better your results will be.
 
I do not colorize, but I do Photoshop a lot of my color photos for color and lighting corrections.  I also like to work with faded black and white photos and coax out the details. I would like to think I have gotten better at it over time.


Lol. I knew this photo would take a while, but I was thinking if I took my time and did it in parts, it wouldn't be so bad. I took a couple stops along the way but for the most part I just plowed through it lol. I wanted to see the end result!

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 02:09 AM

Really nice! Who is the 70th Officer?



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:55 AM

What software are you using?

Are you using a separate layer for each color? If you have something that is coming out to "vibrant", try turning down the saturation of that color until you hit an easy medium. I have found that the more shadow there is, the more you may have to desaturate it to look realistic.

Keep in mind that most colors in life are not full-throttle neon bright, so if you aim for more muted colors to start you will generally have less correction to do after the fact. Also, don't be afraid to use multiple subtly different colors on a single object.

Here's one I did a few years back.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 10:04 AM

I am using an app called "Adobe Photoshop Fix" with my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Probably not even close to the best software to use, but I was just using this to get a feel for what it is like to colorize pictures.

Bright colors in the app do not colorize well and are all neon which sucks. I do like doing it on my iPad though more than my computer. Anyone know any better apps for colorizing photos?

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:11 PM

Really anything that lets you use multiple layers and then gives you options on how to adjust and blend those layers should be usable for colorizing photos like this. The difference between a OK job and a photorealistic job is the amount of time and energy you spend working on it.

The more time you spend adding and perfecting the colors, the better it will be. You can see what I mean about subtle color variations on objects by looking at this fellows coat. This one was tough since the face was overblown in the exposure.

If I had more time I'd do this a lot more. It's a lot of fun.

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