Multicolor Painting in AKVIS Coloriage: Examples and Possibilities

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

Multicolor Painting: Examples and Possibilities


AKVIS Coloriage is as easy to use as a coloring book. Indicate the desired colors using the Pencil tool and press the Run button ; the program does the rest of the work: it recognizes the object's border and tailors the new color to the original tones.

The Pencil tool which is used to draw color strokes to assign a color to every object can also draw with several colors simultaneously to select more details quickly.

To activate this feature, click on Multicolor Mode in the tool's parameters. Please note that this feature is only available under the Home Deluxe and Business licenses.

We'll take a look at three cases where this feature would be useful:

  1. Coloring a contrasting B&W image with many small objects which are difficult to select;
  2. Quickly recoloring a color image;
  3. Creating shade and color variations.

Original Image Colorization Result
Original Images Recolorization Result
Original Image Colorization Result
Example Images


Coloring a Contrasting Image

In some cases, Multicolor mode can help you avoid the laborious task of selecting several small objects in an image: flowers in a meadow, dots on a dress, stars in the sky, etc. Ideally, the objects should contrast well with the background.

For example let's use a photo of tulips in flower beds:

Black and White Photo of Flower Beds
  • Step 1. Open the photo.
  • Step 2. Choose the Pencil tool , then go to the menu for this tool's parameters and activate the Multicolor check box (after which the color selection tab will automatically be switched to Multicolor).

    Tool's Parameters

    Tab With Blank Plates
  • Step 3. Now let's fill in the empty color plates. The color placed in the left plate will be that which you wish to recolor, and in the right plate - the new color.

    Click the first plate. The cursor will become a pipette, which will then be used to select the color of the tulips (light gray). Choose any bright color for the next plate - we will use yellow.

    In a similar fashion, select the color of the leaves (dark gray), and then in the next plate choose the desired shade of green.

    Choose a Color for the Flowers and Leaves
  • Step 4. Next increase the pencil's diameter and draw over the zones you want to recolor. The chosen colors (green and yellow) are distributed across some parts of the image but some areas remain unchanged. Don't worry: during processing color will "flow" into the photograph, filling these "empty" areas.

    Colorizing in Multicolor Mode. Two Colors

    To get a better idea how the chosen colors would affect the result, switch from the Normal Preview mode to the Brightness Preview mode . In this mode the strokes are displayed taking into account the brightness of the original image that helps to see quickly the result, without processing of the entire image.

    View in Brightness Preview Mode
  • Step 5. If desired, you can improve the coloring effect by adding additional shades of color, but remember that the objects must be colored over again to see the improvements.

    Press to undo the shades of green and yellow on the image and replace them with other colors.

    Proceeding as in step 3, choose darker colors for some parts of the flowers and leaves. Choose mustard as the third color to colorize the lower part of the corolla. The fourth color will add more variety to the shades of the grass. You can slightly increase the amount of bright yellow, by moving the top slider to 90.

    Two More Colors Chosen for the Flowers and Leaves

    Recolor the flower bed with the pencil:

    Colorizing in Multicolor Mode. Four Colors


    You can choose other color options - for example, in place of the yellow, you could add a dark shade of pink. Areas must be painted anew! This time the tool will take into account the new colors in the Multicolor tab.
    First press to return to the black and white image (to see the original gray tones), then select new colors, and paint over the image with the tool again. If this is not done, then the previous colors will be used instead of the new ones.

    Replacing Yellow With Dark Pink

    The tool can be used to paint over some of the areas with the new color:

    Combination of previous (yellow) and current (pink) colors

    The more color zones are added, the more attractive the image will appear.

    A Set of Colored Areas

    Brightness Preview Mode
  • Step 6. Process the image by pressing . The colorization effect will be shown in the After tab. Small errors can be corrected with the soft Recolor Brush , and then the result can be saved (in the standalone version) or applied (in the plugin).

    Yellow Tulips


Recoloring a Color Image

Multicolor mode can replace one set of colors with another. This is very useful when working with complex geometric patterns composed of a limited number of colors.

  • Step 1. Open the photograph.

    Original Image
  • Step 2. Choose the Pencil , activate the Multicolor mode and add the colors to the plates which will replace colors in the image. After the colors have been set, increase the diameter of the tool and paint over the image.

    Choosing New Colors

    Switch to Brightness Preview mode to see how the changed colors will appear after processing:

    Recoloring in Multicolor Mode. Brightness Preview Mode


    If you only want to color part of an image, you can use a special pencil to protect adjacent areas.

    Using Protective Outline

    So in this case the colors don't "flow" into adjacent areas.

    Partially Recolored Image
  • Step 3. Press to process the image. The result will be shown in the After tab. Save (in the standalone version) or apply (in the plugin) the final result.

    Graffiti in Different Colors


Creating Shade and Color Variations

Artists are able to convey the color and volume of objects with a variety of shades and tones. AKVIS Coloriage has its own tricks to achieve masterful coloring, when one color is not enough.

  • Step 1. Open a black and white image.

    Original Image
  • Step 2. Draw color strokes with the Pencil for the various parts of the image: blue (the sky), green (the grass), flesh (the skin), and purple (the hair).

    The dress will be pink, but we want a more interesting look - to play with its various shades. To do this, activate the Multicolor mode and select colors for the plate to apply to the dress.

    Color Strokes Applied for Each Object

    After the colors for the dress have been set, increase the diameter of the pencil and draw over the dress.

    Coloring the Dress in Multicolor Mode
  • Step 3. Process the image by pressing . The result will be shown in the After tab. Save (in the standalone version) or apply (in the plugin) the final result.

    Color Drawing
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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