In this tutorial, I explain my techniques
for colorizing an old photograph. In this example we will be using
an old lo-res portrait of a Civil War veteran we downloaded from a
to create the image
at left. The master image is 302pixels X
400pixels @ 72dpi. That resolution is fine for the web, but will
produce terrible results if printed. Our job is to remedy this.
For this project you need 3 things. 1.) A computer w/ adequate
RAM, 2.) An image creation program capable of supporting layers,
3.) Patience. And one more thing...SAVE OFTEN! Click on the
thumbnail at left for a larger version of the finished graphic.
make this portrait usable for printing, we are going to enlarge it
to a minimum of 200dpi. On the
right, we have enlarged the image to a respectable size, and
changed the resolution to 200dpi. We then duplicated the layer 3x,
changing the blending mode of each layer to brighten and increase
contrast. In the lower right corner, you can see the layers
pallet. At this point the image is extremely pixelated.
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