Jump to content

My first attempt at colorizing a photo...


Recommended Posts

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.

post-93633-0-10522800-1486874700_thumb.jpg

Check out my online collection of dog tags... http://historicdogtags.com LOOKING FOR DOG TAGS.... CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII, KOREAN WAR, AND VIETNAM.PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING! I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IM INTERESTED.THANKS,USDOG
Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

donation2017.gif

donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif
donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif


Link to post
Share on other sites

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!

Check out my online collection of dog tags... http://historicdogtags.com LOOKING FOR DOG TAGS.... CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII, KOREAN WAR, AND VIETNAM.PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING! I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IM INTERESTED.THANKS,USDOG
Link to post
Share on other sites

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

 

Posted Image

 

 

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Check out my online collection of dog tags... http://historicdogtags.com LOOKING FOR DOG TAGS.... CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII, KOREAN WAR, AND VIETNAM.PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING! I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IM INTERESTED.THANKS,USDOG
Link to post
Share on other sites

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!!

Check out my online collection of dog tags... http://historicdogtags.com LOOKING FOR DOG TAGS.... CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII, KOREAN WAR, AND VIETNAM.PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING! I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IM INTERESTED.THANKS,USDOG
Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

donation2017.gif

donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif
donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif


Link to post
Share on other sites

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!

Check out my online collection of dog tags... http://historicdogtags.com LOOKING FOR DOG TAGS.... CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII, KOREAN WAR, AND VIETNAM.PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING! I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IM INTERESTED.THANKS,USDOG
Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

post-97349-0-96144800-1487354018_thumb.jpg

-Todd

Currently looking for WWI items, specifically photos of the 116th infantry regiment, and any material related to the USS Olympia.

Always on the lookout for any rations, miscellaneous personal items, pack filler, care package stuffers, knit Red Cross material, and oddball equipment to supplement the Doughboy display.
Have some extras? I help friends fill out their living history kit, and could always use more loaner gear!

Link to post
Share on other sites

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?

Check out my online collection of dog tags... http://historicdogtags.com LOOKING FOR DOG TAGS.... CIVIL WAR, WWI, WWII, KOREAN WAR, AND VIETNAM.PM ME IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING! I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF IM INTERESTED.THANKS,USDOG
Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

post-97349-0-50104700-1487362279_thumb.jpg

-Todd

Currently looking for WWI items, specifically photos of the 116th infantry regiment, and any material related to the USS Olympia.

Always on the lookout for any rations, miscellaneous personal items, pack filler, care package stuffers, knit Red Cross material, and oddball equipment to supplement the Doughboy display.
Have some extras? I help friends fill out their living history kit, and could always use more loaner gear!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.