Black & White Meets Color!

Although I've played in simple apps like MS Paint, Snagit, &Etc for years, I only really began learning cool techniques after I began writing and self-publishing stories  where I soon found myself in need of book covers.  This need led me to GIMP, a free image editing tool.

I was once asked to restore an old baby photo that had been left near a window for years that had faded to black and white in areas, and a washed-out faded look in others.  I tried but was not successful in restoring that photo...

One of the primary tools used to colorize B&W photos (layer masking) existed in GIMP, but I hadn't yet learned to use it; I'm still learning.  But that episode with the baby photo galvanized me to began studying masking.  I'm no expert,  but I now feel like I could make a more successful attempt on that baby photo if I was to attempt it today.

This page, then, is where I shall host a small but growing collection of these I've done to date.  Some of them aren't extraordinary.  One thing one learns when attempting to colorize old photos is that one is often at the mercy of the image's resolution.  Some of the movie stills, therefore, aren't the greatest but I feel they are still interesting nonetheless.  

 

I hope you enjoy seeing these and I'll be adding more over time.  So, without further adieu....

King Kong Meets Color!

The Confrontation!

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The Fight!

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The Kill!

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A Daring Rescue!

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Frankenstein Meets Color!

Frankenstein meets color
Frankenstein, 1931

The Creature From the Black Lagoon Meets Color!

The Creature from the Black Lagoon in his element

War Meets Color!

Vietnam War meets color
WW2 German Soldiers in trench

The West Meets Color!

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Edgar Rice Burroughs Meets Color!

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A still from the 1931 movie