Self-Portrait: Colorizing a Pencil Sketch with AKVIS Coloriage

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

A pencil sketch: self-portrait


The tutorial has been created by Alexander V. Sidorenko.

Alexander applied AKVIS Coloriage to colorize a self-portrait of German artist Hans Baldung, drawn in 1534, at the age of 49 years.

    Original image Colorized image

Here the plugin version of Coloriage was used, but you can take the standalone edition and use the same tools as in the plugin.

Allexander Sidorenko wrote about the tutorial the following:

"I admire the paintings of medieval artists; I have a collection of images representing the world masterpieces. In the tutorial to the plug-in AKVIS Coloriage I saw the example Colorizing an anime image and decided to apply the technique to the old masterpieces. I'm not an artist, and the colors might be not quite well chosen, so accept it as is and judge yourself."

To colorize the photo Alexander did the following:

  • Step 1. He opened the pencil sketch in a photo editor.
    Self-portrait: Hans Baldung
  • Step 2. He called the plug-in AKVIS Coloriage by selecting the command AKVIS - Coloriage from the menu item Filter.
  • Step 3. In the plug-in's window he used the Pencil tool to assign a color to every object by drawing an outline within it. Consult the basic tutorial to learn how to draw strokes efficiently.
    Assign a color by drawing an outline within the area
  • Step 4. He pressed the button and the colorized photo appeared in the After tab.
    colorized pencil sketch
  • Step 5. He pressed the button to apply the colorization result and close the plug-in.
  • Step 6. Now we have a colorized portrait, but can continue editing the photo.

    Alexander offered to imitate oil painting and applied the filter Artistic - Paint Daubs (Photoshop) with the following settings: Wide Blurry, Brush Size = 3 and Sharpness = 1. Then he darkened the photo with the command Shadows/Highlights.

      Alternatively, it's possible to add an oil painting effect to the image using AKVIS ArtWork. Available as plugin and standalone program, ArtWork offers different painting techniques.

    Here is the result made by Alexander:

    Portrait after the filter Paint Daubs Portrait after the command  Shadow/Highlight
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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