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 Post subject: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 1:00 pm 
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There are a few programs that automatically colorize black and white photos. Sometimes they work well.


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 1:02 pm 
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All pictures from Shorpy


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 1:05 pm 
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The software just guesses at the colors.


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
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I don't think everyone had blue/violet clothing back then


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 1:59 pm 
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Brown suit looks better


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
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Brown suit looks better


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 2:01 pm 
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Those look very well done. A few years back I attempted a colorizing of an old photo of my mom and her little sister using Paint Shop Pro. It wasn't a sharp high quality photo to start with but I was still happy with the results for a first attempt.


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 6:36 pm 
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zenith810 wrote:
There are a few programs that automatically colorize black and white photos. Sometimes they work well.



You're not going to tell us what they are?


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Thu 20, 2020 7:12 pm 
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SkyKing wrote:
zenith810 wrote:
There are a few programs that automatically colorize black and white photos. Sometimes they work well.



You're not going to tell us what they are?


https://deepai.org/machine-learning-model/colorizer

https://www.myheritage.com/incolor/?utm ... e=20200219

https://demos.algorithmia.com/colorize-photos


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Fri 21, 2020 2:02 am 
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Wow, this was fun!

Spent some time with those 3 links. One of them requires a facebook login so didn't get anywhere with it.

Of the other 2, one worked better than the other (or not), example:

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The original B/W was scanned from ~1945 negative.

The better of those (#2 above) seemed to have issues too depending:

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The photo above of the 3 little girls is from 1943 and taken early spring before the leaves came out on those trees in the back. It totally missed the typical red barn color of the building behind. I know it was a red barn color as that building still exists and has always been painted red barn paint.

This next one is probably difficult. Its picking corn in probably November 1951. So the weather is poor and overcast with some snow in the field. The corn would be pale yellow/tan color and that is a John Deere tractor that would be green with yellow wheels. The corn picker behind was a Case brand and would be a shade of orange.

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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
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I spent hours doing mine manually. Now its just a few mouse clicks? :?


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Fri 21, 2020 9:27 pm 
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I redid your farm picture using these two programs
https://www.colorizephoto.com/

https://colourise.sg/

I know the corn is still the wrong color


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Fri 21, 2020 9:51 pm 
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A little better?


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
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zenith810 wrote:
Brown suit looks better


A brown radio cabinet would look better than the purple one in the photo. I think the software needs more work. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Sat 22, 2020 5:32 pm 
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From Shorpy: Frank Aiken and Atwater Kent at the new Atwater Kent radio factory


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Sat 22, 2020 7:10 pm 
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how was the negative scanned to get a black and white picture?
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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Sun 23, 2020 9:38 pm 
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To zenith810:

Ha, thanks for experimenting with that! A fun rabbit hole for sure!


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Sun 23, 2020 9:48 pm 
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i do not understand your reply.
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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Mon 24, 2020 6:10 am 
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zenith810 wrote:
SkyKing wrote:
zenith810 wrote:
There are a few programs that automatically colorize black and white photos. Sometimes they work well.



You're not going to tell us what they are?


https://deepai.org/machine-learning-model/colorizer

https://www.myheritage.com/incolor/?utm ... e=20200219

https://demos.algorithmia.com/colorize-photos



That deepai.org one I couldn't figure out how to use it.


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 Post subject: Re: Colorizing old radio pictures
PostPosted: Feb Mon 24, 2020 6:22 am 
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It's pretty amazing what can be done with black and white images alone. Does it do a good job dealing with faded color photos? I don't have any to try, but remember using photoshop years ago to restore color in cases like that.


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