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Free colourisation of photos!
« on: Monday 07 January 19 00:32 GMT (UK) »
Hello everyone!

I've been learning to colourise photos for only a few weeks now (which has been helped along by my general interest in art) - mainly pulling random photos from the internet but have done a few whom are my own family members. My preferred pictures to colourise/restore are those from the Early and mid Victorian era; and since I collect antique clothing (which is what sparked my interest in these pictures) I can also have a go at dating them for you :)

Anyhow - what I really wanted to do - was to colourise a photo of somebody s ancestor, and have the honour of bringing that photo to life for them! My work is in no way perfect, and I do take some artistic liberty in choosing the colours etc.

All I need is a high res. scan/photo of the picture and I'll get to work right away! I use Adobe photoshop to colour the pictures, so if you wish I can also supply you with the original PSD file that I create. P.s The bigger and clearer the picture - the better the final result will turn out.

Below are some examples of my work...









^ Is George Bennett - brother to James Bennett who is my 6th generation direct ancestor! After finding a newspaper article of the two - who were fined for poaching, I did a little more research and found out  that George Bennett was in fact a habitual criminal and had later been convicted in 1861 for 7 years at Bedford Gaol - and that is when I found that a 'mugshot' had been released publicly by the Hertfordshire Archives (http://bedsarchives.bedford.gov.uk/CommunityArchives/Luton/EstablishedChurchinLuton/ThievesAtSaintMarys.aspx) . The colours are a little different in the 'progress' screenshot since I was having a hard time nailing the 'sallow' complexion described on his criminal record and couldn't decide on the colour of his neck-tie.

And lastly here is another photo that I am currently still working on!





I'm still yet to add a little more 'life' (colour) into her face and refine the colouring on the passementerie tassels, and curtain - but so far she's looking pretty good!

So that's all - feel very free to post any pictures you would like colourised or restored :D and I promise that I will try my best with them.




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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #1 on: Monday 07 January 19 12:24 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat

Why not join the others on here that colourise and repair photo's that are posted on the restoration boards. They also do it for nothing  ;D
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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #2 on: Monday 07 January 19 12:49 GMT (UK) »
I agree Rosie, this is a free restoration service provided by Rootschat and is open to all people who like restoring photos which is available to anybody who would like their photos restoring and/or coloured.
If russell2 wants to only colour Victorian era photos, which incidentally I think we all enjoy doing, he will find some posted on here from time to time. This site offers the owners of photos a choice of restorations and colourizations and they can choose the one they prefer.
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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #3 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:10 GMT (UK) »
Nice work Russell12. Welcome to rootschat.

Do you know if the girl in your first photo and the older woman are related? They have a similar look to them I think.

George Bennett looks like a bit of a handsome bad boy doesn't he?  :) I would say a "sallow" complexion would be pale but with a touch of yellow to it rather than pink tones.  :)

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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #4 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:11 GMT (UK) »
Ahhh o.k I wasn't sure how it worked - Sorry about that (I was just a bit worried about imposing on other peoples work). But it makes sense that the owner gets a number of different interpretations of the photo to choose from :)

Im a girl btw :P

Thank you for your response.

@Ruskie; The photo of the girl was taken from the internet, and the older woman is a CDV I own :)

I did experiment with a yellow undertone but found he looked very 'dead' and unhealthy... it's quite a difficult complexion to capture. The criminal record also describes his eyes as being 'grey' coloured - I tried to find out what exactly this meant (is it a light bluish grey? Or simply a dark brown since I find the description of 'grey' eyes to be sued quite frequently by the victorians, yet grey eyes is quite uncommon).

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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #5 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:20 GMT (UK) »
Hi Russell and welcome to Rootschat, as others have said, we are a band of volunteers with varying levels of experience and ability. How it works is, you choose a photo to download from one of posts and work on it and post the results, there is a 500kb limit. It is an open forum where any member can join either by restoring and/or colouring a photo, or offering a date or opinion on a photo. Have a look around and see if you like any that has been posted already and have a go  ;D
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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #6 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:39 GMT (UK) »
His eyes are pale and I expect the description of "grey" eyes might be subjective, but I think you         might be right in thinking they are a pale 'bluish' grey (but with no brown tones).  :)

Added; on this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_color#Gray about 2/3 of the way down the page is "spectrum of eye colour" and I think the second and third photos could be classed as "grey".  :)

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Re: Free colourisation of photos!
« Reply #7 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:43 GMT (UK) »
Nice work.
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« Reply #8 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:44 GMT (UK) »
Just so that you know Russell, we are advised not to post or manipulate photos taken from the internet without the owner's permission as it contravenes Rootschat rules.
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