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Offline garydevine

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how do i colour photos
« on: Monday 23 January 12 19:19 GMT (UK) »
I have uploaded loads of photos and a hate to bother people, even though they like doing it, but i would like to learn how to do it.

Is there any free sites i can use to colour my photos and such and tutorials on how to do it?

Any help would be great,

Gary
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Re: how do i colour photos
« Reply #1 on: Monday 23 January 12 20:18 GMT (UK) »
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Re: how do i colour photos
« Reply #2 on: Monday 23 January 12 21:32 GMT (UK) »
Hi Gary

Before you colour, you need to make sure that the image is thoroughly cleaned - i.e. a full restore.

Colouring emphasises any defects in the image and these are easily seen in the resulting colouring.

There are many different ways to colorize and Googling brings up some very good video tutorials. Choose the method that best suits you and the graphics programs that you have.

But learn to restore first, then learn to colour.


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Re: how do i colour photos
« Reply #3 on: Monday 23 January 12 21:41 GMT (UK) »
I am going tot be using the programme GIMP.

How do i restore something then, where would i get a video or tutorial on how to restore gnu?

Gary
Hamilton, Lanarkshire - Devine, McGarry, Daisley, McGuire, Mullen, Sheridan, Ford
Blantyre, Lanarkshire - Gibson, Hamill, McInulty
Avondale, Strathaven - Mulligan, Dempsey
Glasgow - Sinclair, Allison, McFarlane
Renfrewshire - Allison
Perthshire - Sinclair, Roy, Donaldson
Edinburgh and Caithness Thurso - Sutherland
Edinburgh and Ayrshire - Sheridan

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Re: how do i colour photos
« Reply #4 on: Monday 23 January 12 21:49 GMT (UK) »
Hi Gary

I think The Gimp has a help section which might give you the basics. Also, again, there are various websites and video tutorials for Photo Restoration. I'm quite fond of this book as well:

Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching
by Katrin Eismann

I've had it for about 6 years and I still dip into it. Although it's geared to Adobe Photoshop, it might be possible to adapt the techniques to other packages.

I first started restoring old photos in the early to mid-1990s when I was 'playing'  with graphics packages at Art School but I'm still learning new things  :D


Watch the eyes though. I have to restrict myself to 3-4 hours a day with breaks every half an hour.


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Re: how do i colour photos
« Reply #5 on: Monday 23 January 12 22:06 GMT (UK) »
P.S.

I think that there might be some evening classes etc., that cover restoration. It might be worth checking in your area. Not sure how you're placed as I think you're still at school  :-\

Do you have an Art/Photgraphy dept at school that you might be able to get help from?
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Re: how do i colour photos
« Reply #6 on: Monday 23 January 12 22:42 GMT (UK) »
yeah i will go and speak to the graphics dept tomorrow in school, they might let me play around with their photoshop at lunches or whatever.

Thanks for the help gnu,

Gary
Hamilton, Lanarkshire - Devine, McGarry, Daisley, McGuire, Mullen, Sheridan, Ford
Blantyre, Lanarkshire - Gibson, Hamill, McInulty
Avondale, Strathaven - Mulligan, Dempsey
Glasgow - Sinclair, Allison, McFarlane
Renfrewshire - Allison
Perthshire - Sinclair, Roy, Donaldson
Edinburgh and Caithness Thurso - Sutherland
Edinburgh and Ayrshire - Sheridan