Photo Colorization & Restoration
Hi guys, as I’ve said before, I love restoring old public domain photos. It’s almost like putting puzzles back together; or coloring in a coloring book; with the exception that on a computer there’s a lot more detail. I haven’t done any photo restorations since I stopped using Corel’s Paintshop Pro about 9 months ago. Again, just as a reminder to everyone, the fact that I no longer use Paintshop, doesn’t mean that it’s a clue to mean that Corel makes bad products. Too many people are too hooked on the differences between them. Just think of Paintshop as a smaller, and affordable family size dishwasher, and Photoshop is a heavy duty industrial size dish washer for professional business.
I’ve finally made my first attempt to colorize a B&W photo with Photoshop. I found an old public domain photo of Dolores Hicks, who was an actress, and appeared in a number of Elvis Presley’s movies in the 40’s/50’s. I have to say that it is most definitely more work to do things in Photoshop. I was hoping that because I have Photoshop, that painting natural skin colors would be easier (than Corel PSP). NOT!! It was very frustrating, finding the right colors, hues, and saturation levels for each element (especially when working with photos stripped of all color). So, be forewarned very few things are simple in Photoshop (depending on what you’re doing). However, once you’ve put in the practice and hard work, your finished project will definitely be awesome! Remember to always work with hi-resolution/dpi images, it is harder to correct low quality photos. To see original photo click here.
I have received permission from Kelly Mikton Bialk Bone, to post this historic photo on my blog. This was Floyd Bolin and Dottie Taylor of Newton Country Arkansas. Age of photo is estimated at around 1930’s. Kelly and I are in the same photo group on Facebook. She has given us permission to try and restore this wonderful photograph, and this is my end result. At first glance I thought it was easy; but once I started working on it, it required a lot more detail then I realize. In my opinion, images of this nature (and age) should always be restored as close to how it was originally taken as possible. Not only does it look better, it preserves the photo’s Nostalgia. Thanks Kelly for giving us the opportunity to restore this photo.