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 quickly found myself needing cover art.  That need led me to GIMP, a free editing tool.

I was once asked to restore an old baby photo that had been left near a window for years; it was badly faded and a washed-out from exposure.  I tried but was not successful in restoring that photo...

One of the tools used to colorize B&W photos is layer masking, which exists in GIMP.  But I hadn't yet learned to use the tool; I'm still learning.  The episode with the baby photo galvanized me to began studying masking.  I'm still 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 is where I host a small but growing collection of B&W to Color conversions.  Admittedly, some of them aren't extraordinary.  One thing you learn when attempting to colorize old photos is that you are at the mercy of the image's quality.  Some of the movie stills on this page aren't of the highest resolution, but I felt they were still interesting, powerful images nonetheless.  

 

I hope you enjoy seeing these and I'll be adding more over time.  You may click any image to expand it to full size.

 

So, without further adieu....

King Kong

Meets Color!

King Kong 1933
King Kong 1933

A daring rescue

King Kong 1933
King Kong 1933

The Confrontation

King Kong 1933
King Kong 1933

The Kill

King Kong 1933
King Kong 1933

A daring rescue

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Frankenstein

Meets Color!

Frankenstein's Monster Comparison
Frankenstein's Monster Comparison

A Promotional photo for the 1931 movie - Frankenstein

Frankenstein's Monster Comparison
Frankenstein's Monster Comparison

Frankenstein, 1931

Frankenstein's Monster Comparison
Frankenstein's Monster Comparison

A Promotional photo for the 1931 movie - Frankenstein

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The Creature From the Black Lagoon

Meets Color!

Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Comparison

Creature from the Black Lagoon Comparison
Creature from the Black Lagoon Comparison

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon Comparison

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The Wolf Man 

Meets Color!

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man (1941) Meets Color!

The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man (1941) Meets Color!

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The Mummy 

Meets Color!

The Mummy
The Mummy

Colorization of Lon Chaney Jr.s iconic character, The Mummy

The Mummy
The Mummy

Colorization of Lon Chaney Jr.s iconic character, The Mummy

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Ray Harryhausen 

Meets Color!

Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen tweaking a dinosaur diorama

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms Meets Color

Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen tweaking a dinosaur diorama

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War

Meets Color!

The Vietnam War Meets Color
The Vietnam War Meets Color

Vintage Vietnam War era B&W photo; all colors come from actual gear

WW2 German Soldiers in trench
WW2 German Soldiers in trench

WW2 German Soldiers in trench

Taking some R&R
Taking some R&R

Reading a book sitting on a M35 Deuce and a Half

The Vietnam War Meets Color
The Vietnam War Meets Color

Vintage Vietnam War era B&W photo; all colors come from actual gear

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The West

Meets Color!

Lost Apaches
Lost Apaches

Photograph by Edwards S. Curtis, circa 1906 called "Apache Before the Storm."

Lost Apaches
Lost Apaches

Photograph by Edwards S. Curtis, circa 1906 called "Apache Before the Storm."

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Edgar Rice Burroughs

Meets Color!

Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Security Airster 'The Doodle'
Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Security Airster 'The Doodle'

Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Security Airster 'The Doodle' (photo from about 1934)

Elmo Lincoln Tarzan of the Apes
Elmo Lincoln Tarzan of the Apes

Elmo Lincoln playing Tarzan, Tarzan of the Apes (1918)

J Allen St John People that Time Forgot
J Allen St John People that Time Forgot

This is a really cool J. Allen St. John illo from The People that Time Forgot.

Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Security Airster 'The Doodle'
Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Security Airster 'The Doodle'

Edgar Rice Burroughs with his Security Airster 'The Doodle' (photo from about 1934)

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Clark Ashton Smith

Meets Color!

Clark Ashton Smith
Clark Ashton Smith

A mature Clark Ashton Smith displays a collection of books, paintings and carvings

Clark Ashton Smith
Clark Ashton Smith

A young, thoughtful, Clark Ashton Smith, at about the age he self-published The Star-Treader and Others in 1912.

Clark Ashton Smith
Clark Ashton Smith

A mature Clark Ashton Smith displays a collection of books, paintings and carvings

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Robert E. Howard

Meets Color!

Robert E. Howard Meets Color!
Robert E. Howard Meets Color!

The creator of Conan, Solomon Kane, King Kull . . . So many great characters from such a fertile mind.

The pirate photo, taken of Robert E. Howard cosplaying with his neighbor, Leroy Butler & Leroy’s sis
The pirate photo, taken of Robert E. Howard cosplaying with his neighbor, Leroy Butler & Leroy’s sis

The pirate photo, taken of Robert E. Howard cos playing with his neighbor, Leroy Butler & Leroy’s sister, Faustine.

Robert E. Howard Meets Color!
Robert E. Howard Meets Color!

The creator of Conan, Solomon Kane, King Kull . . . So many great characters from such a fertile mind.

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H. P. Lovecraft

Meets Color!

H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color
H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color

A young H. P. Lovecraft

H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color
H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color

H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color
H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color

Very poor quality image but it is what it is--and what it is, is HPL.

H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color
H. P. Lovecraft Meets Color

A young H. P. Lovecraft

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Random Vintage

Meets Color!

Gangster Meets Color
Gangster Meets Color

Gangster Meets Color! Note he has a special shootin' glove.

Gangster Meets Color
Gangster Meets Color

Gangster Meets Color! Note he has a special shootin' glove.

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