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B&W Colorizing software - suggestions

Discussion in 'Digital Image Editing & Printing' started by Nikoboy, Jan 7, 2022.

  1. Nikoboy

    Nikoboy Active Member

    I have a number of family Black & White photos from the early 1900's.

    Been told to use Colorize app with my smart phone.

    Any suggestions of Colorizing software for a PC

  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    There seem to be a lot of offerings on-line. To do it “manually” as it were I’d have thought Photoshop but you need a lot of skill. If I remember correctly the late Frances Schultz specialised in colourisation, whether she published advice or not I don’t know. I’ve a feeling that the Roger and Frances website got archived somewhere.

    Edit: just a thought. Frances probably painted.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2022
  3. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I have used a digital SLR camera to make digital photographs of old monochrome prints and then used my ancient copy of Photoshop Elements to remove all the marks and damaged areas so that I eventually get an image than can be printed and looks acceptable. Sometimes I have also used the software to add a sepia (red/brown) colour tint, but I've never tried to 'colourise' the images to make them look like a colour photograph. I have seen some examples, and however much time and effort has been spent on them they never look like original colour images.

    I would suggest that you accept that the original images were monochrome, and concentrate on getting the best monochrome copies you can. If you really want 'colourised' images, you could then use the brush tool (or whatever you chosen software calls it) to carefully add some colour to faces, sky, foliage, etc., but I suspect you will be disappointed with the results. This would not be a quick 'one click' process, but if you are at home a lot like the rest of us under Covid restrictions you may have the time to experiment.
  4. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

  5. Learning

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  6. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    The person posting the entry refers to 'how to turn a boring black and white (B/W) photo into a vibrant colored photo using Affinity Photo', but does not realise that the result looks like a member of the Simpsons family. Perhaps that is now the ideal...

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