Add color to the photo of a lady with a lilac. AKVIS Coloriage Tutorial.

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

A romantic photo


Colorization of a simple black and white photo won't take long. You will need to outline every object you want to colorize with the color you've chosen for it. The vital thing is to choose the right colors for the photo to look natural. You will love the result!

    Original image Colorized image
  • Step 1. Open a black and white photo of a girl with a lilac in your photo editor.
    a black and white photo of a young girl
  • Step 2. Call the plug-in AKVIS Coloriage. For this purpose in AliveColors select the menu item Effects –> AKVIS –> Coloriage; in Adobe Photoshop or in Adobe Photoshop Elements select the item Filter –> AKVIS –> Coloriage; and in Corel Photo-Paint - the menu item Effects –> AKVIS –> Coloriage.
  • Step 3. Use the Pencil tool to select a color and to draw an outline with the chosen color in the appropriate object.

    Do not forget to assign a color to the small details, for example, to the stem and the petals of the lilac in the girl's hands. Otherwise, they will be colorized into the color of the adjacent areas, in this case - the color of the dress.

    Select colors for the lips, skin and hair from the Color Library.

  • Draw strokes
  • Step 4. Press the button . The colorization result will be shown in the After tab.
    the colorized photo of a girl
  • Step 5. The colorized photo looks good, but we are not happy with the color of the dress. We set a white color for it, but it came out dirty gray. It happened because the program adjusts the chosen color to the grayscale of the original image.

    To paint the dress white we should change the brightness range of the white strokes.

    Select the white color from the Color / Swatches palette (or click with the Eyedropper tool on one of the white strokes on the image), then move the black marker on the lower gradient under the Color Library to the right.

    Change brightness

    Activate the Magic Tube tool and click on any stroke of the dress. Now the strokes have the same color but a new brightness range.

  • Step 6. Press the button . Now the dress has a white color indeed. As we didn't set a very light color for the black marker, the folds and shades are well seen.
    the colorized photo of a girl
  • Step 7. Press the button to apply the colorization result to the picture.
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Select Colors — Select Colors
   — Colorization Tips — Colorization Tips
   — Save and Load Strokes — Save and Load Strokes
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
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   — Changing Color of Your Car — Changing Color of Your Car
   — Selective Desaturation — Selective Desaturation
   — Selective Colorization of B&W Photos — Selective Colorization of B&W Photos
   — Make White Whiter — Make White Whiter
   — Photo Coloring Tricks — Photo Coloring Tricks
   — Colorizing a Black and White Photo — Colorizing a Black and White Photo
   — Colorizing a Portrait of a Gentleman — Colorizing a Portrait of a Gentleman
   — Technique of Reiterative Colorization — Technique of Reiterative Colorization
   — Colorize Your Memories — Colorize Your Memories
   — A Present for the Mother's Day — A Present for the Mother's Day
   — Color Correction of a Portrait — Color Correction of a Portrait
   — Canadian Settlers — Canadian Settlers
   — Add Color to the Photo of a Child — Add Color to the Photo of a Child
   — Color Options for Interior Design — Color Options for Interior Design
   — Colorize a Family Portrait — Colorize a Family Portrait
   — Change the Color of Clothes — Change the Color of Clothes
   — Colorize a Group Photo — Colorize a Group Photo
   — Creating a Colorful Background — Creating a Colorful Background
   — Paint Your House — Paint Your House
   — Raise Spirits — Raise Spirits
   — Expressive Cat Eyes — Expressive Cat Eyes
   — A Portrait of a Geisha — A Portrait of a Geisha
   — Colorize a Bas-Relief — Colorize a Bas-Relief
   — An Old Postcard with a Geisha — An Old Postcard with a Geisha
   — Touching Up a Colorized Photo — Touching Up a Colorized Photo
   — Colorizing an Anime Girl — Colorizing an Anime Girl
   — Colorize a Photo for a Collage — Colorize a Photo for a Collage
   — A Flower Show — A Flower Show
   — A Pencil Sketch: Self-Portrait — A Pencil Sketch: Self-Portrait
   — Creating a Christmas Postcard — Creating a Christmas Postcard
   — Love Story — Love Story
   — Desktop Wallpaper with a Pet — Desktop Wallpaper with a Pet
   — Portrait of William Gladstone — Portrait of William Gladstone
   — How to Get a Nice Sepia Photo — How to Get a Nice Sepia Photo
   — A Castle in Scotland — A Castle in Scotland
   — How to Achieve a Natural Colorization — How to Achieve a Natural Colorization
   — Christmas Card: B&W to Color — Christmas Card: B&W to Color
   — Movie Star Ayshwarya Ray — Movie Star Ayshwarya Ray
   — Adding Detail and Color a Drawing — Adding Detail and Color a Drawing
   — Coloring Old Black-And-White Drawing — Coloring Old Black-And-White Drawing
   — Flower Meadow — Flower Meadow
   — Children's Photo — Children's Photo
   — Medieval Engraving — Medieval Engraving
   — Wedding Album — Wedding Album
   — Full Dress Uniform — Full Dress Uniform
   — A Lovely French Couple — A Lovely French Couple
   — Simple Approach for Coloring Pictures — Simple Approach for Coloring Pictures
   — Multicolor Painting — Multicolor Painting
   — Pop Art Poster — Pop Art Poster


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