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not an artist, just a beginning colorizer

Sep 10, 2014, 16:37
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not an artist, just a beginning colorizer
    Hello-

Love this program. Heart I have absolutely zero artistic training (shudda gone to art classes in school) so now I'm hooked on colorizing as a past time.

Here is possibly my best work so far, a brilliant image of the Zuni Elder Si Wa Wata Wa, taken by photographer E. Curtis, 1903.
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Sep 10, 2014, 19:50
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RE: not an artist, just a beginning colorizer
"so now I'm hooked on colorizing as a pastime." - WoodGoat
Me too! Smile
Although a long time has not anything more colorful.
Nice work. Colorize
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Sep 10, 2014, 21:32
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RE: not an artist, just a beginning colorizer
(Sep 10, 2014 19:53)ofnuts Wrote:  Impressive. Just one remark: the strand of hair across his left cheek looks like the edge of a piece of cloth, possibly because it is also the frontier between two rather different skin tones. Lightning the lower cheek a bit could mitigate this.

Thanks!

That's something I don't know how to do well as of yet...when I try to adjust for too dark or too light I usually make the image worse...it goes all wonky and I'll have lines of separation in the color.
What's the best way to lighten and/or darken an area? Is a layer mask the best choice for an area? Should I do it via the threshold or curves adjustments or building color slowly with layers specific to the problem area?

Thanks again!
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Sep 10, 2014, 22:24 (This post was last modified: Sep 11, 2014 12:18 by Akros.)
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RE: not an artist, just a beginning colorizer
There are some good sites about this theme.

https://colorostariu.wordpress.com/categ...n-indians/
http://twistedsifter.com/2013/08/histori...colorized/

Perhaps in an image with many small details that task is arduous, but if isn't a restoration that needs to be perfect with G'MIC there are good options Colouring images.
Colorize (Comics / Photographics)
The process gains speed and the result surprised.
   

Although laborious and meticulous when finalized these colorized images look great.
Although black and white remains immortal.
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