Join John Derry for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the project, part of Recolorizing a Photograph with Photoshop.
In this mini project, we're going to utilize a technique that I have found to be highly useful for sharpening your colorization skills. Recoloring a photo that has been decolorized. You may be very well asking, why colorize a photo when I already have the original color version? Well, it's one thing to colorize a photo in which you don't have access to the original colors. After all, who can definitively say for sure what the correct colors are. But when you are attempting to match the original photographic colors on a black and white copy, there is no fudging the applied colors.
You have to match the original. By performing this practice technique, you will dramatically improve your colorization skills. And it makes colorizing an image with no color original to compare it to, a piece of cake. Take a look at these two photos. One of them is the original. And the other one is the one that I colorized from its black and white version. You can see you can get pretty close. And at the end of the course I'm going to reveal which one is the final colorized version. Versus the original that I used as my source.
So let's look at how we go about getting set up to be able to do this. And I'm going to go ahead and switch over to the image we have here. And what we want to do is, I'm just going to go ahead and do a Cmd+j on this. And that will instantly make a copy. Now, I want to go down and I'm going to to the bottom. Let's turn this off temporarily. And we're going to go up to the image Adjustments. And we're going to go Black & White. Now there are all these different things you can do to bring out the reds or the greens or the blues in an image.
I'm not going to do any of that. This is just going to be the default setting. So that is the base image we will be colorizing. And in here I'm going to call this Reference. And we're going to be looking at this as we go. And you might think it's cheating, but I just want you to be able to see even with the original image available. And actually right in place that you can turn on and off. You'll see that it's not just sampling colors and coloring an area. There's more to it than that. Feel free to toggle on the visibility of the color reference while you are colorizing.
You can use it to sample colors. You may think that it is cheating to have access to the original while you are colorizing the black and white version. But you'll quickly find out that it is not as straightforward as you might think.
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