Black and White Image to Color Picture

If have seen one of those old movies that were originally made in black and white and converted into color by using modern technology, you would already be familiar with the concept and are aware of what color can do to your old black and white photographs.

It takes a lot of painstaking work and plenty of creativity to convert an entire movie. Although converting a single black and white snapshot into color is simpler, it requires the same level of skill and creativity to get the perfect results. If you are looking for black and white images to color conversion services then your search ends at OrderArtwork.com.

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Why outsource the conversion of black & white images into color images?

Converting black and white to digital color services is a job that requires the latest software and equipment, technical expertise and artistic skills to conceive and visualize the final color photograph. With the black and white photograph to color photograph conversion services that OrderArtwork.com offers, you can get the services of both an artist and a technologist.

The actual job is done by dividing the photograph into small sections. You will need to take care to select homogeneous sections, as each section will need its own color. Sometimes you may have to use multiple colors, or divide the picture into very small sections.

Changing the color of black & white images

The color chosen will have to be according to the object represented in a particular section. For example, leaves will normally be colored green. However, choosing a color other than green could let you make an artistic expression regarding the mood or the season.

In some cases this could be more complicated, and require accurate judgment. Consider a curtain, wall color, or some other indoor setting. If you don't know what the original color was, you have both an opportunity and a challenge.

Changing the color is a painstaking job that calls for an eye for detail, and needs to be done with care if you want good results. You may also have to give finishing touches that bring out the borders and contrasts sharply, or in some cases subtly.

Why choose OrderArtwork.com for converting black & white images into color images?

This short description makes one thing clear - this is a job that's best handled by professionals and good ones at that. You could learn it the hard way, using one of those do-it-yourself tools. Or you could simply opt to outsource black and white images to color conversions services by giving it to an experienced vendor like OrderArtwork.com.

It takes a combination of aptitude, artistic and technical skills, along with years of training and practice required to do a perfect job. That calls for investment of a substantial amount of time and money. Fortunately, there's a simpler way - Outsourcing black and white images to color conversion services to an expert like OrderArtwork.com.

The benefits of outsourcing color conversion services to OrderArtwork.com

- A team of highly skilled personnel, who know exactly how to make your black and white picture come out alive in color

- Cost-effective services without any compromise on the level of quality

- Services are always delivered ahead of schedule

Photo Enhancements can colorize your black and white photo, bringing any image back to life. Each portion of the photo is carefully hand traced, then filled in with the appropriate color of choice. Clothes, backgrounds, people, can all be given a more realistic look. Please note, hand coloring a photo will never give the full tonal color range of a naturally taken color photo. However, every effort is made to make the photo look as natural as possible.

In this photo, the image is also stained and marked. Restoring image, then coloring photo gives it new life. Working with the customer, correct colors were chosen to accurately illustrate the original scene.

How to Put Colors in Your Photograph

To achieve this effect, we will need to colorize using Paint Shop Pro. According to Bill Brewer, "colorizing is a feature built into PSP that keeps the luminance values (the bright and dark parts that make up the recognizable image) and colors the image with one color. The image to be colorized needs to have a color depth of 16.7 million colors, and it can be in full color to start with (reduction to grayscale is not required before colorizing). Using that command brings up a dialog box where you have control over the hue and saturation, with a preview. I suggest you DON'T use that menu item to colorize images. Instead use the more powerful HSL adjustments accessed with the Colors>Adjust>Hue/Saturation/Lightness... command. That way, you have complete control over the hue/saturation/lightness, and the color preview is much better than what you get with Colorize."

To start off, get your photo ready. Begin by scanning your black and white photo into your PC. Make sure that your picture is straight and if not, use Paint Shop Pro

s Straighten tool to "uncrook" the image. Next then would be running the One Step Photo Fix by clicking the Enhance Photo button in the Photo toolbar atop the screen and choose One Step Photo Fix. Try to clean up whatever dirt or scratch that you may see in the picture.

Now, moving on to the next part. Working in layers. Choose the Layers, Duplicate tab to make a duplicate of the image you want to colorize. We can now make color changes to the top layer without affecting the original image underneath, letting us adjust the intensity of the colorization by playing with the layer's opacity.

Now for the final part, you may choose to use either the Freehand Selection toll in Smart Edge mode or you may opt to use the Magic Wand. Set Feather to about 1 pixel, and select one of the faces. Once done, click on the Flood Fill tool and set the Blend Mode to Color in the toolbar at the top of the screen. For a typical Caucasian skin tone, set the Red, Green, and Blue levels to about 215, 190, and 150, respectively, then click OK. Now click Flood Fill to colorize the selected face. You can repeat this process for all of the skin in the image.

Then select the clothing and background and add color to as much or as little as you wish. When you're done with the image, you might want to adjust the overall intensity of the colorization. To do that, make sure the Layer Palette is open (if it isn't, choose View, Palettes, Layers) and then double-click on the Copy of Background layer--this is the one on top that we've been painting. Then you can use the Opacity slider in the layer's dialog box to change the color effect. When you're satisfied, click OK to keep your changes.

Studio Light Patterns For Better Photography

Hair Lights, Back Lights, and Barn Doors, oh my! Studio Lighting can be very overwhelming when you first start getting into it. Some photographers out there have thousands of dollars of accessories associated with their studio setup. The good news is, you don't have to be rich to enter into the world of studio portraits. Think about it. How many light sources did God create for earth? If you said "One" meaning the sun; you were almost right. He also created the sky and the ground to "bounce" that light into the shadows. Light that is bounced back is commonly referred to as a "fill light". If there was no fill light on earth; anything not directly lit by the sun, would have NO DETAIL, it would all be totally black.

It is astounding how much you can do with one main light and one or two fill lights. For those of you thinking three lights doesn't sound simple to me, let me clarify. In this article what I am describing is one light and one or two reflective surfaces to help bounce that light or to fill in the shadows. With one light and one or more reflectors, you can make amazing photographs.

Having the tools and knowing what to do with those tools are two different things. Today I want to show you what to do with these basic tools.

1) Short Light is the type of studio lighting setup, where the face side of the subject which is the farthest from the camera gets the main light. In this type of lighting setup, the side of the face which is toward the camera gets less light then the side facing away form the camera. The effect you get when using this lighting setup is a thin face, this is why it is good to photograph large (or chubby) people with a short light setup. A photo tip worth remembering is: short light helps to visually thin your subject.

2) Broad light is just the opposite of Short light. In the Broad Light setup, the side that is getting the most light is the side facing the camera. This setup is less commonly used for portraits as it tends to make people look chubby. In both these cases, you can place a reflector on the opposite side of the light (at about a 45 degree angle) to help fill in the shadow side.

3) Split Light sounds more complex than it is. Position your main light on one side of your subject so that it's exactly 90 degrees to the subject. In other words, you will see a dramatic shadow going right down to the middle of his or her face. If your main light is a flash, you might want to consider a secondary light; not for exposure . . . but just for light placement. We call this small secondary light a modeling light. In some units, they actually have a modeling light built in around the main light, so you can visually see what's happening.

Using the modeling light, make sure the line between light and dark runs directly down the center of your model's face, right down the tip of the nose. The model should be looking directly at the camera. This is what we call a split light portrait. Another photo tip is this: split light portraits, create dramatic visual results.

4) Rembrandt Light is considered an artistic classic. The main light is positioned high and on the side of the face that is away from the camera. Generally the subject is placed at a 45 degree angle to the camera (as opposed to just looking straight on.) This technique produces an illuminated triangle on the cheek closest to the camera. The triangle will illuminate just under the eye and not below the nose. The face should appear illuminated on one side and heavily shadowed on the other.

Place your reflector (or white poster board) on the opposite side of the studio light. The reflector should be angled so that it reflects any remaining light in the room to the subject's darken side. The key here is NOT to eliminate the dark shadows, but to add detail within the shadows. The third photo tip to remember: adding subtle detail makes images appear more artistic.

5.) Butterfly Lightis achieved by positioning the main light directly in front of the subjects face and adjusting the height to create a shadow directly under, and in line with the nose. This style is best suited for subjects with a normal oval face and is considered to be a glamour style of lighting best suited for women. This lighting technique creates hard shadows in the eye sockets and under the chin depending on the size of your main light and distance to your subject. Use a reflector under the main light source to fill in the underside of the face (eye sockets, under nose and under chin areas). Sometimes this is referred to as "over and under lighting".

Now the setups given above; can use extra lights, but they don't have to. Just as you can take an award winning photographs with a $50.00 camera or a $5,000.00 camera, you can also take great shots with a single light source. As we mentioned before, having the tools and knowing what to do with them are two totally different things.

It is firm belief that photographers who learned to master Black and White photography first and then learned Color photography; will ALWAYS have the advantage over those who started with color photography. This is not meant to insult younger photographers. If a cake taste bad, it doesn't matter what kind of icing you put on it. Learn the basics of good photography first, and then you can add more lights, more lenses, or whatever the case may be. Thus the fourth photo tip to remember is this: start with the basics, master them first. Then go forward.

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