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2012-10-26 08:19:45 AM
Abe Lincoln really does look like chuck Palahniuk
photo.goodreads.com
 
2012-10-26 08:28:33 AM
Here are a few I did for Fark Photoshop contests.

i.imgur.com

i1251.photobucket.com

images58.fotki.com

i1251.photobucket.com

www.pbase.com

i.imgur.com

The actual images and file sizes here are ginormous and they took me around 12 to 15 hours a piece.

I don't know the actual sizes the artist in this article deals with on a normal basis but regardless, she has to be pretty good at what she does if she can do some of them within 40 minutes even on the smaller ones. 

I could be wrong though because I have never attempted to colorize smaller images.
 
2012-10-26 08:35:04 AM

fisker: Here are a few I did for Fark Photoshop contests.

[i.imgur.com image 850x692]

[i1251.photobucket.com image 850x692]

[images58.fotki.com image 650x485]

[i1251.photobucket.com image 850x635]

[www.pbase.com image 640x558]

[i.imgur.com image 850x740]

The actual images and file sizes here are ginormous and they took me around 12 to 15 hours a piece.

I don't know the actual sizes the artist in this article deals with on a normal basis but regardless, she has to be pretty good at what she does if she can do some of them within 40 minutes even on the smaller ones. 

I could be wrong though because I have never attempted to colorize smaller images.


How do you do it? Is it software that figures stuff out or do you have to painstakingly go around and colour things in a pixel at a time? Or something in between.
 
2012-10-26 08:39:56 AM

TeamEd: [timethemoment.files.wordpress.com image 735x362]

Honest Abe introducing "Blue Steel"


Someone should substitute the retouched Jesus painting for Lincoln's face.
 
2012-10-26 10:50:22 AM

Slaxl: How do you do it? Is it software that figures stuff out or do you have to painstakingly go around and colour things in a pixel at a time? Or something in between.


You go around and colour things. But not a pixel at a time. Sometimes you are using a broad brush and sometimes a thinner one. And you are adding color layers above the original black and white, so it's quite easy to correct mistakes.
 
2012-10-26 11:14:37 AM
Still better than that yellowish-brown shiat that passes for Instagram.
 
2012-10-26 11:18:42 AM

pisceandreamer:

Hope you don't mind that I used your description (with attribution to being a Farker) when I linked this on my Fb page.


I always assume that if anything remotely intelligent / interesting falls out of my mouth, someone else has said / observed it before :)
 
2012-10-26 11:28:18 AM

johnsmith99: What a pointless exercise. Keep your filthy photoshoppy fingers off my silver halides.


Damn right.
 
2012-10-26 12:35:49 PM

rudemix: Seeing the legs of the Times Square kiss nurse in color makes them even better. Those stockings are intense.


ha! My first thought too.
 
2012-10-26 01:38:58 PM
The kissing sailor, huh? I'm glad to see that TIME endorses mouth rape.
 
2012-10-26 02:36:48 PM
Seeing some of these pics in color is just freakin amazing. You spend your whole life looking at historical black & whites...it's almost like reality WAS black and white back then (at least in some nook of the brain)

Anne Frank and the Lincoln portrait image were especially breaktaking. Seriously, for a brief second my mind did not want to process the image in some way...as if it "did not compute". Brilliant and powerful.

At first I was like, "oh no - not more colorization", then I was like - WHOA.
 
2012-10-26 04:17:48 PM

0Icky0: Slaxl: How do you do it? Is it software that figures stuff out or do you have to painstakingly go around and colour things in a pixel at a time? Or something in between.

You go around and colour things. But not a pixel at a time. Sometimes you are using a broad brush and sometimes a thinner one. And you are adding color layers above the original black and white, so it's quite easy to correct mistakes.


The painstaking part involves tracing or selecting the borders of each area to be colorized. The first time I tried my hand at it gave me a newfound respect for people who do this often.

Some of us use the vector path tool to create a selection, some just take a paint brush, zoom in really closely, and go to work, and some use more complicated methods. In fisker's first picture above, he must have done something clever to get the sky blue and leave the trees gray. Photoshop has a way of creating selections based on color, so that'd be my guess.
 
2012-10-26 04:47:37 PM

Optimus Primate: Seeing some of these pics in color is just freakin amazing. You spend your whole life looking at historical black & whites...it's almost like reality WAS black and white back then (at least in some nook of the brain)

Anne Frank and the Lincoln portrait image were especially breaktaking. Seriously, for a brief second my mind did not want to process the image in some way...as if it "did not compute". Brilliant and powerful.

At first I was like, "oh no - not more colorization", then I was like - WHOA.


In my mind, Russia is in black and white with smoke belching from giant factories beneath steel skies and old mamuschkas hobbling about. I have trouble processing the idea that the nation is in color. Well, at least after the release of Wizard of Oz
 
2012-10-26 07:00:57 PM

Slaxl: How do you do it? Is it software that figures stuff out or do you have to painstakingly go around and colour things in a pixel at a time? Or something in between.


I make layers.

I use a the quick selection tool to select objects and then I make then into layers. Some times I use the polygonal lasso tool and lasso objects. After I have lassoed them and made them into a rough basic layer I use the eraser tool to cut them out. I erase everything that is not the object that I am trying to contain. Everything else will get its own layer later on. Those images above have anywhere from 80 to 140 layers a piece. After I have made a layer, I use the Image adjustments. I never paint or draw. There is NO brushing, painting, coloring, smudging, smearing, drawing, as ALL of those things ruin the integrity of the black and white image.

I tint. I use the channel mixer, the color balance, the hue and saturation, and some vibrance along with an occasional dodge tool in Photoshop.

There is no magic to it. It is painstaking but in a good way. I love it. It's like a journey. Very fun to do.
 
2012-10-26 10:11:01 PM
WhyteRaven74 2012-10-26 01:21:59 AM

Kittypie070: It must take a delicate touch.

It can, but doesn't always. Also it depends on the exact look you're going for, do you want something that looks like it was an actual color photo or something more stylized?

[imageshack.us]

that took me about 20 minutes. But then I was trying to make it look kind of like an old color print ad.


aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh, cry your pardon, 'Raven, but that pale yellow background plus the cyan border is raising massive hell with my colour perception.

The wee bairn's facial colour tones are all washed out to naught.
 
2012-10-28 05:12:20 PM

Shadyman: Your Average Witty Fark User: Shadyman: Hey, they even got Helen Keller.
[timethemoment.files.wordpress.com image 440x489]

/In other news, Time seems to be hotlinking from Wordpress. Hmmm.

Posts like this just tell the world that you're farking stupid.

Congrats.

Your bio is showing. "I hate Fark cliches and memes."
/well there's yer problem.


My problem is you're farking stupid.
 
2012-10-28 09:20:29 PM

WhyteRaven74: Kittypie070: It must take a delicate touch.

It can, but doesn't always. Also it depends on the exact look you're going for, do you want something that looks like it was an actual color photo or something more stylized?

[imageshack.us image 640x450]

that took me about 20 minutes. But then I was trying to make it look kind of like an old color print ad.


Going for the Marshalls Oil look, I see. Love that look.
 
2012-10-28 09:25:21 PM

kenny's mom: http://Shorpy.com/ has dozens and dozens of these (it helps to have started with a large-format negative), ranging from attractive to damned fine--well worth a look:

Link


/Somewhere out there is a beautifully colorized version of a much-reproduced 1940s Hollywood-area photo (traffic, buildings, etc.)...I'll post it I can find it. It looks like a slightly toned-down Kodachrome--very convincing.


Cool pics. This one looks familiar.
 
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