Slight change to my method of colourising images

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Hopefully learning all the time

Best wishes Ray

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That looks good. The colours are soft and natural. I would be interested to know what has changed in your technique.

Brilliant....thanks Richard.

It was really such a minor adjustment but prhaps one for the better.

I reduced the opacity of the brushes on the skin to 25-30%

Instead of just painting over everything I dabbed and dabbed to create som inconsistency in the colour etc...which I tink would be the case with skin.

I then duplicated the layer.

I adjusted the opacity of the upper layer.

Then...I was able to apply adjustment layers to the one below....

I used levels mainly and that meant I could adjust a lot of the undercolours etc....

I hope that makes sense and hopefully it looks as if it might be a better way forward...

Working on a more modern image now applying the same techniques....

Thank you very much for your kind feedback...it helps.

Best wishes Ray
 
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And another Richard...

I think this process allows skin tones to show better?

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Yes, that sounds and looks good. When I was doing some, I had different colours for forehead/nose/lips/cheeks/neck/eyelids. But is still had the problem that in real life the colours are different everywhere. The luminosity changes are fundamental, but the actual colour and saturation should be changing too. Your technique adds some instinctive artistic input to make it more natural.

An idea for an experiment. Take a colour portrait. Make it monochrome. Colourise it without looking at the original. Now do a really detailed comparison and see what you can learn.
 
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Sincere thanks to all...learning all the time and I must try as Richard suggests...that will be interesting.
Very best wishes Ray
 
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