The hand-coloring gallery is the latest addition to the Reader Gallery pages. In fact I was quite surprised and inspired by the many examples reader's have sent me. You all have more patience than I do when it comes to hand-coloring! Congratulations and thank you all very much.
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Please mouse over an image to see the before and after.
Mancini from Italy wrote:
like to show you my first attempt to photo retouching and colorization
after I read your wonderful book.
is a 1964 photo of my mother, Graziella, when she was 18 years old.
I used a lot of your techniques described in the book, first to repair
wrinkles and stains, and then to colorize the photo. After I scanned
the photo, I converted it to grayscale with 'Channel Mixer', then
I used the 'Clone stamp', 'Healing brush' and 'Patch tool' for repair.
I add some details in the eyes and the lips painting with 'Dodge'
and 'Burns' tools. Then I used 'Levels' and 'Curves' adjustment layers
to increase the contrast. When I was satisfied with the corrections,
I added colors with 'Color Fill' layers set in Color blending mode
and painting with white in the layer's masks.
palette (37 Kb): http://members.xoom.virgilio.it/demex/graziella/graziellaLayers.gif
above is my latest job with Photoshop. It has a lot of work as you
can see. It was the addition of color that took more time and effort.
There are dozens of layers for every colored element. For instance
I used different colors for the flesh on some parts such as the cheeks,
the lips, the tongue. I decided to substitute the background. I also
added several shadows. The original high resolution photo also had
a horrible problem of texture which cannot be seen in this reduced
image. I was able to reduce it, and even add some focus. I still have
so many things to learn, specially with color and light (I have no
idea of photography). This program is always challenging. I'm eager
to have more and more photos to retouch, specially now that I'm learning
so many useful skills from your book.
to thank you very, very much for your fantastic book "Photoshop Restoration
and Retouching". It's a great source of tips and profound knowledge
to me which I won«t miss anymore. It«s not just another simple manual
of Photoshop and it's functions, but rather a superb tutorial how
to work with Photoshop in that very special environment of digital
photography and scans.
little evidence I sent you a picture of my parents. This picture was
shot about 40 years ago and is originally b/w picture (or better said
a brown and beige picture after all those years). As you see I colored
it - and as I think, it«s not too bad for my first great project with
PS. When I finished this picture, I could understand, what you meant,
when you talked about the meaning of personal pictures for oneself
and how important they are to understand who you are and where you
come from. I«m curious to see my mother's face when I present this
picture to her next month on her 60th birthday.
background on this project. I decided to bring this old family photo
from the early 1960s into the modern times of color. I did not have
any color information about the people and their clothes and skin
color, so I had to guess. I also guessed on the parts of the house
and yard decorations. I used adjustment layers on each of the people
and the non-people objects and also created layer groups for each
person to keep things organized. Once I completed the colorizing process,
I went into the curves and levels tools and adjusted them just right.
This was a fun project to work on, but it took me a little over a
month, although the results were quite pleasing for those family members
who are still alive that were in the picture.
for your help,
Restoration by Susan Charnock
Zirbes is a wonderfully talented and generous professional retoucher
with numerous examples in the Reader Gallery, including these four
excellent examples of hand-coloring. Lorie's
website is www.RetouchingByLorie.Com
Ihnen kurz eine Arbeit von mir vorstellen, die ich in den letzten
Tagen durchgefhrt habe. Ein Schwarzwei§ Bild, da§ ich vor einigen
Jahren aufgenommen habe, sollte auf Wunsch zu einem Farbbild umgewandelt
werden. Zuerst habe ich das Motiv von seinem Hintergrund freigestellt.
Dann den Krper etwas gedreht. Danach mit mehreren Farbebenen und
Verrechnungsmodis, die einzelnen Farben aufgetragen. Zum Schlu§ das
Bild partiell etwas geschrft.
freundlichen Gr§en aus Saarlouis,
like to quickly show you some of my recent work that I did in the
last few days. It started with a black and white picture that I took
a few years ago and for the fun of it I turned it into a color photograph.
I started by separating the subject from the background and I turned
the body a bit. After that I used numerous Color Fill layers set to
Color and Multiply blending mode to add the individual colors. In
the end I applied some partial sharpening.
friendly greetings from Saarlouis,
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