Converting Sepia style old picture to new colors

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Gujjubhai, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Gujjubhai

    Gujjubhai Guest

    Hi All,

    I am planning a big party for my Grandparents, who are completing their
    50th Marraige Anniversary. I have found tons of their old pictures and
    have scanned them. All these pictures have a Sepia color look.. Of
    course since they are 50+ yrs old.

    Can I covert these scanned images (sepia colored) to look like modern
    color pictures. I am just a novice in photoshop or other photo editing
    apps.. but can surely find my way around if given some directions.

    Any Help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in Advance,

    Merry Christmas to All.

    - Gujjubhai.
    Gujjubhai, Dec 16, 2004
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    Harry Limey Guest

    There are a number of tutorials on this site on colourising!! plus lots of
    others you may find of interest?
    I suggest you click on 'Print view' when you have found one you like..
    Harry Limey, Dec 16, 2004
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    Gujjubhai Guest

    Very Nice website with lots of tutorials..

    Thanks a Zillion ..Harry
    Gujjubhai, Dec 16, 2004
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    Charley Guest

    You didn't say if your old original photos were faded color photos or B/W
    photos now turned yellow. If they are faded color try adjusting color
    levels, hue, and saturation to try to bring the original colors back. If
    they were B/W go to image> adjustments> desaturate and then follow the
    steps below.

    You can apply colors to photos using Photoshop, but it can be quite time
    consuming to do a whole photo. The process will be much like coloring in a
    coloring book.

    Make a new layer and change it's mode to "color". Then select a color and,
    using a brush of your choice, paint the area of the photo that you wish to
    be that color. Make another new layer and do the same for the next color,
    etc. Keep repeating these steps until you have all of the areas of the photo
    that you want colored. Each color or shade should be placed on it's own
    separate layer. You can go back and make adjustments to each color later by
    first selecting the appropriate layer and then playing with hue, etc. or
    change the layer's opacity to get the level of color that you want. You will
    be coloring the gray levels of the photo. Your colors will have less or no
    effect at the black and white ends of the gray scale. Take the time to label
    each layer as you create them or it will get very confusing later in your

    Many old photos were printed using processes which produced only a few
    levels of gray. These can be harder to get good results because you will
    need to add additional layers of gray levels for some areas so that you can
    achieve the color effects that you want.

    If you need additional help you can e-mail me directly.
    Charley, Dec 16, 2004
  5. Gujjubhai

    Gujjubhai Guest

    Thanks for the info. charley,

    The pictures i have scanned are in fairly good shape (not damaged )....
    but have that pale light brown shade.. And they are in color (Sepia).

    I am trying to make them look , as if they were taken in recent times
    (true life colors).

    So far i have searched the website which harry pointed in earlier
    post.. but none of them show the way .. for what i want to do. Any more
    help or suggestion is welcomed..

    Thanks again.
    Gujjubhai, Dec 16, 2004
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    bogus Guest

    Not sure about your images.

    If they are in color but have a sepia cast you can use adjustments to
    fairly easily take out the cast. Try the auto color/contrast/levels. You
    would have better control with Levels and Curves but that takes some expertise.
    bogus, Dec 16, 2004
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    ZONED! Guest

    He DID say they were over 50 years old. Although a crude color was
    available earlier, color snapshots were not common until the 60s.
    Kodak invented the Instamatic camera in 1963, and began the mass
    marketing of color film. Until then, virtually all photographs had
    been in black and white.
    ZONED!, Dec 16, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    jjs, Dec 16, 2004
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    jjs Guest

    Now I know I don't ever want to be young and clueless - again. Dear ZONED,
    you are so wrong. Popular color photography existed before the Instamatic.
    Now you can sense how your grandchildren will feel when you correct them
    when they claim that film died when the first disposal digital camera came
    jjs, Dec 16, 2004
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    Gujjubhai Guest

    I never said all pictures were in Sepia... Their actual wedding Pics
    are in B&W..which i was able to convert to Sepia or Antic style very
    easily.... but many many more pictures after 1965 are in Sepia or sort
    of Pale shade & those are the ones i want to convert..
    So dont worry ...they are real people & have color pictures... LOL...
    Gujjubhai, Dec 16, 2004
  11. Gujjubhai

    ZONED! Guest

    Good, I guess I am happy for you and I am sure you have a point to
    that line.
    Of course color photography existed before the Instamatic, I never
    said it didn't. In 1906, panchromatic films were first produced.
    However, to say it was popular insinuates a wide use. Kodachrome came
    out in the mid 30s (however the post does deals with prints not
    slides) It is commonly accepted that color print photography became
    widely used in the early 60s.
    No I cannot, because I would never say that to them. In fact between
    the three of them, I have gleaned more sense from them on occasion
    than I did from your defensive post.

    By the way did you read the follow up post stating my general
    assumption was correct?
    ZONED!, Dec 16, 2004
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    Scruff Guest

    Yep, most of the color pics I've seen earlier than 1960 was from kodachrome
    slide film, for the most part. It's a no-brainer. Most of the color came out
    of studios.
    Scruff, Dec 17, 2004
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