Colourize B&W Portrait of William Gladstone - Coloriage Plugin & Paint Shop Pro

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Tutorial: AKVIS Coloriage

William Gladstone: Colourize a Photo in Paint Shop Pro


This tutorial has been sent to us by David Kelly.

Until recently, if you wanted to digitally colourize black and white photos a good working knowledge of a quality image editing program such as Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, etc. was needed. Now however, with the introduction of the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in digital colourizing has just got a lot easier, less time consuming, and much more fun!
Original Image Colorized Image

Here you will see how the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in was used in conjunction with Paint Shop Pro 9 to create a coloured version of a previously edited original black and white photograph.



Below is the original sepia-toned photo before it was edited using Paint Shop Pro 9. Another AKVIS plug-in, MultiBrush, was also used during the editing work.

William Gladstone, original sepia-toned photo
Image 01 - William Gladstone
Copyright © Roger Vaughan



Below is the same photograph as shown in Image 01 after it was edited using Paint Shop Pro 9 in conjunction with the AKVIS MultiBrush plug-in.

retouched photo
Image 02



This section contains a brief explanation of how the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in was used to create a coloured version of the black and white photograph, Image 02.

First the photo was opened in Corel's Paint Shop Pro 9.

Paint Shop Pro 9's workspace
Image 03 - Paint Shop Pro 9's workspace



The AKVIS Coloriage plug-in was then loaded via Paint Shop Pro 9's Effects menu - Plugins - AKVIS - Coloriage.



The Pencil tool was used to draw coloured outlines within all sections of the photo using colours selected from the Color Library section. These are known as "Strokes".

The workspace with the photo and its added coloured strokes is shown below. A photo's "Strokes" can be saved as .strokes files. These can be reloaded and used with the same photo for subsequent editing.

AKVIS Coloriage's workspace
Image 04



After all strokes have been completed a colourized version of the original photograph can be previewed by clicking the button . If OK, the strokes can now be saved. The colourization effect was then applied to the image by clicking the button located top right. The workspace showing the new coloured "After" version of the photograph can be seen below.

AKVIS Coloriage's workspace
Image 05



Image 07 is the original restored black and white photograph and Image 08 shows the completed AKVIS Coloriage colourized version.

the photograph before colourization colourized photo
Image 06 Image 07



For anyone with an interest in digital photo colourization who owns a compatible image editing program, the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in is one of those "must have" add-ons that you shouldn't be without, and you don't need to be an expert in digital imaging to use it successfully.

As with most black and white photographs that are digitally colourized the colours used are subjective. To make choosing the "correct" colour easier the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in includes a Library section with fourteen colour categories; People, Grass, Leaves, Wood, Stones, Bricks, Sky, Clouds, Water, Metals, Paper, Ground, Glass, and Fabric.

Colours can also be selected using the plug-in's "Colours" chart.


As this article only gives a very brief overview of the AKVIS Coloriage plug-in, to read more detailed user instructions please click here.

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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