Living color… part 1…

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I told you I had a couple of projects in mind. This first one is just for fun. I was watching a TV show on the history channel called ‘The American Civil War In Color’. They used advanced coloring technology to add color to hundreds of Civil War era photographs. I thought that sounded like fun, so I am going to try it in Photoshop with this picture.

I can turn this into a tutorial kind of thing for anyone who is interested, telling you what brushes and tools I used, and the settings. But I won’t bother if you don’t ask.

So far, all I did was add a base layer of yellowish-brown. I will gradually darken it up, but let some of the bright color show through as highlights… hopefully.

Here is what I did so far…

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Not really much to see yet, but I am hoping this gets more and more lifelike.

I will intersperse this project with posts about my other new venture. Maybe some of one or the other will interest some of you.

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2 Responses to Living color… part 1…

  1. I’ve seen portions of the “World War I in Color” series on the History Channel. They did the same thing: colorized original black & white film footage. I don’t particularly care for that, though. If anything, I feel colorization detracts from the historical value of the originals. Although the first color photograph was produced in the 1860s and the first natural-color motion picture technically was made in 1902, actual motion picture films in color didn’t become more popular until after World War II. In fact, it was World War II itself that led to advances in moving color film.

    Have you seen “The Color of War” series about World War II, also on the History Channel? All of that film footage truly was produced in color at the time of its creation. The U.S. military authorized an extraordinary amount of funding for film cameras to document our involvement in all areas of the war; including color film, which was extremely expensive at the time.

    Good luck with your project, Art!

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