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a-m-k
Sep 2, 2010, 10:09 AM
I've always liked the black and white pictures with certain parts colorized, can it be done in photobooth? If not, is there an app on the MPB or MACS that can/will do this. i was told to download a program and was adivised to come here for more opinions.

Thanks!



webmunki
Sep 2, 2010, 01:57 PM
The GIMP is pretty good photo retouching software http://www.gimp.org/ maybe give that a shot.

miles01110
Sep 2, 2010, 01:59 PM
If the original photo is B&W you aren't going to be able to recover the true color...

a-m-k
Sep 7, 2010, 01:06 PM
If the original photo is B&W you aren't going to be able to recover the true color...

That part I kind of figured. So you are saying that if I had a picture I had and switched it to B&W, I can do that? That's what I am saying.

jampat
Sep 7, 2010, 01:53 PM
That part I kind of figured. So you are saying that if I had a picture I had and switched it to B&W, I can do that? That's what I am saying.

If you still have a colour copy of the photo, this is easy with almost any photo editing software (gimp, photoshop express, and many others). If you saved the B&W over the only colour copy, you can do it, but it's 50x the work (you have to paint the colours back in manually). There are many different ways to get the look.

1) Create two layers, top layer is b&W version of colour image on bottom layer. Black out layer mask to let colour shine through.
2)Colour image in 1 layer, adjustment layer to B&W on top, black out layer mask to let colour through.

There are many more ways, this is just something that can get you started.

BTW, you may get flamed for this approach (selective colorizing). Many people regard it as tacky and played out at this point. If you like it, go ahead and use it, just try not to overdo it.

a-m-k
Sep 7, 2010, 10:32 PM
If you still have a colour copy of the photo, this is easy with almost any photo editing software (gimp, photoshop express, and many others). If you saved the B&W over the only colour copy, you can do it, but it's 50x the work (you have to paint the colours back in manually). There are many different ways to get the look.

1) Create two layers, top layer is b&W version of colour image on bottom layer. Black out layer mask to let colour shine through.
2)Colour image in 1 layer, adjustment layer to B&W on top, black out layer mask to let colour through.

There are many more ways, this is just something that can get you started.

BTW, you may get flamed for this approach (selective colorizing). Many people regard it as tacky and played out at this point. If you like it, go ahead and use it, just try not to overdo it.

Thanks!

citizenzen
Sep 8, 2010, 07:05 PM
BTW, you may get flamed for this approach (selective colorizing). Many people regard it as tacky and played out at this point.

What isn't played out these days? :rolleyes:

There's nothing wrong with selective colorizing anymore that there's something wrong with grunge type.

Design solutions shouldn't be based on what "many people regard..."

Anybody who flames over selective colorizing should dig their panties out of their crack and find something worthwhile to complain about.

a-m-k
Sep 14, 2010, 09:56 PM
What isn't played out these days? :rolleyes:

There's nothing wrong with selective colorizing anymore that there's something wrong with grunge type.

Design solutions shouldn't be based on what "many people regard..."

Anybody who flames over selective colorizing should dig their panties out of their crack and find something worthwhile to complain about.

:) LOL

Hermes Monster
Sep 21, 2010, 12:08 PM
I've always liked the black and white pictures with certain parts colorized, can it be done in photobooth? If not, is there an app on the MPB or MACS that can/will do this. i was told to download a program and was adivised to come here for more opinions.

Thanks!

I have an app on my iPhone called color splash which does exactly this, it's very quick and easy to use and allows you to edit photos taken on the phone or any other image you have on there:

http://photoediting.dphotojournal.com/download-colorsplash/


...obviously useless if you don't have an iPhone or iPad!

chrono1081
Sep 23, 2010, 04:25 AM
BTW, you may get flamed for this approach (selective colorizing). Many people regard it as tacky and played out at this point. If you like it, go ahead and use it, just try not to overdo it.

Don't worry, you can say *looks around first* "selective coloring" on this board just don't you dare say it on a photography board or you'll stir up all kinds of trouble ;)

The reason is in the photography world its seen as a very amature and over trendy thing to do and its usually the first think a lot of people learn to do in photoshop.

I'm not saying don't do it by anymeans just so you know, I was simply explaining why "selective color" is the same as the f word in some places :P