Colorizing Old Photos & extracting
I have tons of old black and white photos...sepia..and every color inbetween. I have successfully recolored photos in the past, because I like to use them with my LOs, art journals, etc....but it seems that only super bright colors seem to work on them...(pink is actually the best)
Does anyone know of any good tuts or know how I can better recolor or colorize photos??? I have PSE9 and I would like to be able to colorize them more realistically.
Also does anyone know what the best way to extract is? I use the magic extractor alot...but i still end up having to erase and then my lines end up all bumpy and not real smooth....any hints or tips on doing this an easier or better way?
Extracting and Colorizing
A good way to extract an image with lots of colors in it that has similar colors in the surrounding area is to create a new duplicate layer and paint around the image with an off color that is not even close to anything in your photo; zoom in and change brush size (use a hard round brush generally or a square one on straight edges) to get all the outside area around your image. If you make a mistake, switch to erase. Save often so you don't have to redo from scratch. Then set the tolerance to a value that works and check the Contiguous box. When you are satisfied with your result, extract using the Magnetic Lasso tool.
I haven't done colorizing, but I have a great book, Digital Restoration from Start to Finish, Second Edition, by Ctein that will show you how to do it.