In this tutorial, you will learn how to take a black and white image and turn it into a realistic looking colored one. The process is pretty similar to a digital coloring book. I find it to be quite relaxing and a great way to get creative with color.
Colorize | ˈkələˌrīz/ • (v)
The action of taking a black and white movie/image and adding color to it by means of computer technology
I started colorizing images about 4 and a half years ago. Though I had been digitally editing photos and art much longer before that, I stumbled upon a graphics forum that introduced me to the art of colorizing. It was super intimidating at first – I literally had no idea how to even go about starting. After looking at a few tutorials and getting some tips and tricks from different artists, I really started to get into this form of photo editing. I hope that this tutorial can do the same for you. And if you already do colorizations, maybe there will be some different ideas in here that you haven’t thought of yet.
I originally created a Basic Colorization Tutorial for a film editing class I had in college. Since then, I feel like I’ve improved a bit and have even more to offer in how to make your colorizations look realistic. One of the biggest things that I find many people don’t take into consideration is that colored images are made up of tons of different colors and lots of little details. Ignoring that and coloring in large blocks of colors over each area can end up with a less realistic result. It’s not just about choosing the right color, it’s also about the detail. Add those two things together, and you’ll get a really great finished product.
So, without further ado (and thank you to those of you who didn’t skip over my heart felt introduction), here is the video tutorial of how to create a colorization.
*This colorization was also created for a challenge at the graphic forum Fall of an Empire