Colour Up Your Life

This is when a black & white or monotone image is ‘painted’ with colour.

ARTISTIC LICENSE

Generally done in order to add realism to an image, or to give a modern impression to an old photograph.
Some photographs colour up easier than others, depending on the a number of factors such as ink density, shadow detail and tonal range.

ADDING HUMANITY

It is a great way of bringing a snapshot of history to life, and with some research colours can be matched to reality before being painted on to the image, to give an accurate representation of how the scene really was when the photo was taken.

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Here's a few examples of whats possible

BEFORE

An elegant, well-to-do lady's portrait from 1930s Ireland
 

AFTER

Some photos have reasonable level of tone which makes it easier to colour up realistically

BEFORE

Wedding day in 1940s Ireland

AFTER

Possibly a touch over saturated with colour on screen, but it printed more muted for the customer.

BEFORE

Three generations of family at the beach

AFTER

A painterly scene brought to life

BEFORE

A publisher wanted to use this portrait on the cover of their upcoming book

AFTER

The colour version we created really lifts the person out of the time it was taken and makes it contemporary.

BEFORE

Newspaper editors don't like mixing colour and monotone images on the same page.

AFTER

So we were instructed to colour up the scene with the two ladies to harmoise the page.

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