Thread: Photoshop help, colorize pic?
December 31st, 2003, 07:27 PM #1
Photoshop help, colorize pic?
Is it possible to colorize and sharpen a b/w photo? I need a b/w made into color for a retirement party. I need help from the Photoshop wizards out there. OuT?
The fire truck is red and his shirt is navy blue, big hose is yellow and hose cover is red. Walls and whatever else can be any light color. (No Pink!)
Last edited by jerrygarcia; December 31st, 2003 at 07:30 PM.
January 1st, 2004, 05:21 AM #2
January 1st, 2004, 07:24 AM #3
I'm not sure what skill level I'm at with colorizing images; but this is what I came up with... I have no idea if it's even remotely satisfactory. (I doubt it.)
If not, maybe it'll at least give OuT some ideas.
January 1st, 2004, 07:33 AM #4
January 1st, 2004, 07:45 AM #5
It doesn't look very realistic, IMO. I'll try again tomorrow.
January 2nd, 2004, 08:16 AM #6
If I could do it, I would. Brandon, you got parts of that pic almost back to the original. Wow, didn't think it was possible. You got the lockers the right color too.
I don't want to sound critical because I'm asking for something I cannot do myself. Is there any refinement?
The story behind the pic is; my driver at the fire department just retired after 33 years. He bought a Harley last year and driving it to work, he hit a deer on the highway. Killed the deer, banged him up. Cleaning the station one day, we found this styrofoam deer target and someone had ridden their motorcycle. We ended up with this deer's revenge picture. I had the original on my PC at work. I ran a cleaning program that Fyxxer32 suggested and it wiped all of my pictures off of my machine. (Fyxxer32 is a personal friend of mine, he drives Pumper 32 and is here on the forums. Actually, he's the one that got me to TechIMO after the blow up at the 'other' place.) This pic is for a collage for his retirement party on the 10th.
I printed this pic the day I took it on an HP 2100 B/W laser printer. It is the only pic left and it is a scanned image. The only way I could get this was to have it scanned and emailed to me. If someone wants the original scanned image, I could email it to them.
Thanks for all of your help and efforts.
Last edited by jerrygarcia; January 2nd, 2004 at 08:22 AM.
January 2nd, 2004, 08:08 PM #7
January 2nd, 2004, 09:27 PM #8
Sorry - I have strange hours.
I'll work some more on it and see what I can do.
January 2nd, 2004, 09:28 PM #9
The thing is, the quality of the image is so atrociously poor, I find it difficult to believe it's worth anyone's time. Sorry but that's the truth, it's a really bad image.
I only just begun some preliminary coloring steps (attached) but geeez, even the best colorization isn't going to help the image that much. It's too low res, and too poor quality.
But now I'm confused. What are you saying? That there's a higher resolution scan available? Why would you wait till now to mention that? After people, including myself, have already spent (wasted) time on this poor quality low res image? Or maybe the scan is poor quality too and really makes no difference? I don't know.
But I'm certainly not investing any more time until I know what's going on. Please clear this up and maybe me or someone else will still be willing to help you out. Bottom line, this image is practically worthless, we NEED a higher quality image.
January 2nd, 2004, 09:57 PM #10
Yeah.. A higher quality image would make the process a lot easier.
The attached is based upon improvements from my last copy.
Last edited by brandon184; January 2nd, 2004 at 10:00 PM.
January 2nd, 2004, 10:59 PM #11
Here's my try I'm no expert but I figured I could donate some time to some fire fighters
January 3rd, 2004, 12:58 AM #12
I thank you all for your help. I'm sorry if I confused the situation with the story of the pic, the printer and the scanned image.
I have no actual picture.
The only thing I had was a very low quality print on paper. What I posted was the best I could do to present a 'good' copy to work with. Thank you for working with nothing to make something that I wanted.
I am humbled by your talents. Thank you OuT and Brandon184.
I really appreciate what you've done for me. Please don't spend anymore time. I'm am in your debt.
I also realize how precious favors are and I owe you.
January 3rd, 2004, 07:26 AM #13
Well, if this really is the best of this photo that you have then I'll take some time tomorrow and finish it up. I just didn't want to invest any more time only to later find out I should've been working on the higher quality image. As you might understand that would have been frustrating.
I don't mind at all working on this some more, especially since it's for firefighters. The amount of respect I have for you and everyone in your line of work is simply immense. So I'll be happy to do what I can, but I just want you to understand that no matter how good we can make this look on our little computer screens, when you go to print this out it's not going to reproduce very well at all. Just so you are warned.
January 3rd, 2004, 10:16 PM #14
Alright. Here. I think this is as good as mine is going to get. Hopefully it (or one from someone else) will be good enough for your usage.
January 7th, 2004, 02:17 AM #15
Thank you for all of your help. I did get what I needed. Thank you OuT for your outstanding efforts where I asked the impossible.
January 7th, 2004, 02:36 AM #16
you guys really amaze me, it's like you guys say some magic words and make these images suddenly become color. Really amazing skill you guys have.
January 7th, 2004, 02:55 AM #17
January 7th, 2004, 07:54 PM #18
btw, here's my crappy try at this:
January 7th, 2004, 08:35 PM #19
Practice makes perfect. Just imagine how long it took OuT to master Photoshop.
Might as well try, that's how to get better. I'm going to give it a shot also when my schedule slows down.
January 8th, 2004, 03:12 AM #20
Those of you interested in colorization, there are 3 tutorials on the subject over at Worth1000. This first one is the method I most often use because it gives good results and is fairly easy and straightforward to do. The most difficult part of this technique is the masking. And even a novice can do decent masking if they just go slow and take their time.
Yet Another Colorization Tutorial - Colorizing Using CMYK Adjustment Layers
This next method I'm not very familiar with. I've ran through the tute once but it seems like it's more trouble than it's worth. The previous tutorial produces results just as nice and is easier to do (IMO).
Down and Dirty Colorization - Using Gradient Maps to achieve natural colorizations
And if you really want professional looking colorizations then this final method is the one that will do the trick. Only problem is you gotta have ths skillz if you want to produce good output with this tute. I've seen some images colorized with this method that simply left me speechless. You literally could not tell that they were once a black n white photo. But so much of this method involves freehand painting and making judgements on very subtle changes you shouldn't be disappointed when you find you can't master this technique. It'll take plenty of time and patience...and practice.
Primary Colorizing - Colouring black and white images using red, blue, and yellow
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