Children’s Photo: colorizing black and white photo

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

Children’s Photo


The author of this example is Vladimir Barsukov, from Bishkek.

    Original image Colorized image

Certainly in your home there is a photo that is a family heirloom, a record of time. It provides a lot of information, but not all. If your photo was made several years ago it did not preserve the brightest memory – color. Now you can correct this deficiency and add color to a black-and-white photo according to reality or just your imagination.

Vladimir Barsukov sent us a photo from his childhood, a moment from the summer of 1957 in Artek. He painted this black-and-white photo using AKVIS Coloriage. You can repeat his experience in only a few seconds, by downloading this file containing the original photo and the strokes file. Open the image, start Coloriage, load the strokes file, and apply. You will have a color image of the photo.

Vladimir writes: "I hope that by looking at this photo of young pioneers from 62 years ago, someone in the photo will see themself again in this colorful seaside country."


In order to make a color image from a black-and-white photo in AKVIS Coloriage:

  • Step 1. Start the program AKVIS Coloriage. Open the photo that you will paint:
    A black and white photo
  • Step 2. In the Tools Panel choose the Pencil tool .
  • Step 3. For the colors in the photo to appear as close to natural as possible, take advantage of the Color Library, which is very useful for coloring objects, such as eyes, lips, skin, etc. Begin by coloring the pioneers.
  • Step 4. There are very small objects in the photo, so be patient and precise.

    Draw around the flowers and grass. Single out details on the building with strokes. You can mark every detail, but if you would prefer less detail in the background, choose fewer details to mark.

    After drawing all stroke the image will look like this.

    Strokes in Coloriage
  • Step 5. Save the strokes to a file (use the button ). You can load this file later and make more changes.
  • Step 6. Start the coloring process by pressing the button . The result will be shown in the After tab.
    Colorized photo
  • Step 7. If the result is to your liking, you can save it by pressing the button .
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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