Medieval Engraving: Add Color To a Black & White Image

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

Medieval Engraving


The author of this tutorial is Rakotomalala Elie.

While searching for a progam to add color to black & white photos, I stumbled upon the program AKVIS Coloriage. I used the trial version and was completely charmed by this product.

I'll return to describing how to add color to a black & white image. For this tutorial I scanned a black & white photo from an old book about French history. I added color, and in my opinion got a great result!

Original Image Result With Coloriage

AKVIS Coloriage is very simple to use. It can be run as a plug-in in a graphics editor, or as a standalone program. Forget about layers, masks, and precise selections: we'll break the work on the picture into four steps and spend less than 50 minutes on it:

    Open the picture;

    Outline the parts of the picture that you want to colorize;

    Paint the picture with the click of a mouse;

    Save the result.

Black & White Engraving
Monk - Scribe

We can observe the smallest details of the image by zooming in:

Enlarged Fragment
Enlarged Fragment

By checking the Brightness Preview mode, we can see how the colors will appear in the picture based on the relative brightness of its pixels. After the strokes are drawn, we can get an idea of the colorizing effect before final processing. You can monitor your progress and make changes to the outlines, or add new ones.

You can see which areas were outlined and which were not in the images below. Note: You can save the outlines and return to work on them at another time.

Guiding Strokes
Incomplete Coloring

It's not necessary to delete strokes if you don't like their color – you can change them with just a click of the mouse (with the Magic Tube tool ).

Guiding Strokes

Your artistic intuition will determine the tone and shade of colors.

Now all the strokes have been drawn...

The Image Being Processed
The Image Being Processed

and here is the result:


We can see that the text at the bottom was easily painted blue.

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
   — Adding Color To An Old Postcard — Adding Color To An Old Postcard
   — 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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