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12/25/2007 10:41:49 PM · #1
I know there's lots of techniques for converting an image to black and white, but have many of you tried the opposite? I found an image I took a while back that didn't have its color partner...so I thought I'd try and colorize it. I played around with lots of different blended layers, dodge and burn layers, and some lens flare to blow out the sun a little more. Let me know what you think, and I'd love to see some other examples!!!



and the original:
and a screengrab of my layers:
12/25/2007 10:51:00 PM · #2
I think you have done a great job.
12/25/2007 11:16:40 PM · #3
Originally posted by Monique64:

I think you have done a great job.


I agree, great job! I couldn't have done it. :-)
12/25/2007 11:57:47 PM · #4
Awesome work! Looks like a great tutorial for the community, hint, hint!
12/26/2007 12:16:32 AM · #5
I think your image works great too. I often "colorize" images which have little or no color to start with, almost always using Curves to accomplish it; the picture of the Golden Gate was done in Duotone mode (it's a tritone using Black, Cyan, and Yellow).

This portrait of my friend Kate, which started as an actual B&W print, is probably my best; unfortunately, I did it about 12 years ago and can't remember all the steps, though I'm sure I was up near 20 layers (more than colorizing going on here) by the time I finished.

Original: Final:

Here are a variety of others, with varying degrees of modification; they are all color originals shot under "gray conditions":







Message edited by author 2007-12-26 00:19:14.
12/28/2007 04:16:25 PM · #6
Thanks for the replies! Anyone else with any examples?
12/28/2007 04:56:15 PM · #7
I did one once:


The original is the size seen and was only about 40kb.

Much of this one had to be turned into a B&W, then hand-toned.
(Yellow sodium lights are murder! No white balance can correct it before or after the click)
From RAW conversion: After desat & hand toning:

Message edited by author 2007-12-28 17:01:52.
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