Learn Photograph Colorizing Using Coloriage
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Learn Photograph Colorizing Using Coloriage

A concise beginner's guide to taking black & white photos and changing them into color.
2.8 (2 ratings)
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What Will I Learn?
  • Clean up black and white photos for colorizing
  • Navigate through Coloriage
  • Pick appropriate colors for colorizing different grayscale objects
  • Apply colors correctly to a grayscale photo
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  • Students will need photo-editing software (such as Photoshop) to prepare photos for colorization, along with Coloriage by Akvis. Coloriage, which is a commercial software package, is available on a 15-day trial period, so students can try before they buy.
  • A basic knowledge of using photo-editing software is assumed.

Colorizing--that is, adding color to photos that were originally black & white--can add a whole new dimension to photos, whether they are famous, historical wet plate photos, or old family treasures. Details that are lost in grayscale suddenly come to life in color. While one might think that colorizing is a very complicated, difficult thing to do, with the right software, practice, and patience, most anyone can become proficient.

From this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Clean up an original black & white photo with Photoshop (or other software)
  • Choose correct colors when going from grayscale to color
  • Know how to correct common mistakes in colorizing with Coloriage
  • Produce good-quality color photos from grayscale

In this course, I will take you step-by-step through the process, from a digitized old, time-damaged wet plate photo, to a restored, colorized version. Together, we will fix the marks that time has left, choose our colors, and fill in the lines. With a couple hours' practice, you can be on your way to becoming a photographic colorizing artist!

I am living proof that most anyone can do it. Although I had a father and grandfather who were very talented artists (and I also have a son who still is!), the talent skipped my generation. However, I have a lot of patience, and an eye for historical detail, so with the right software (in this case, Coloriage by Akvis) and lots of practice, I get rave reviews by many on my colorizations. My early ones were terrible! I keep them to remind myself how far I have come because now many of my works are truly art (my late father and grandfather would be proud!). You can do it, too!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for students who are beginners in the art of colorizing. Those who are experienced in colorization may find some interest in it, but it is geared for the rank beginner.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
4 Lectures 04:34

This is the introduction to this course on colorizing.

Preview 01:43

A quick look at the hardware necessary to do colorizing

Required Hardware

A quick look at the software necessary to do colorizing

Required Software

Where can you find photos to colorize? Here are some suggestions.

Finding Images to Colorize
Coloriage Screen Layout, Controls, and Tools
17 Lectures 16:44

This is an overview of the image window, navigator, and color selection areas of the Coloriage screen.

Image Window, Navigator, and Color Selection

This shows you the layout of the Coloriage control panel.

Preview 01:29

This lecture is on how to open an image file to colorize, and to save it once it has been worked upon.

Opening and Saving an Image File

This lecture is on how to open a strokes file, and to save it once it has been worked upon.

Opening and Saving a Strokes File

This lecture is on canceling and restoring the last operation performed.

Canceling and Restoring the Last Operation Performed

This lecture is on switching between view modes.

Switching Between View Modes

This lecture will show how to start the colorization process.

Starting the Colorization Process

This is an overview of all the tools on the toolbar.

Preview 02:01

An introduction to the pencil tool, which is the most-used tool in Coloriage.


When you make a mistake, or need to make a change, the eraser tool comes in handy.


This tool is for when you need to change a color in one area of a photo, but not other areas.

Keep Color Pencil

The tube tool lets you change the color of strokes of the same color in the same area of the photo.


The magic tube tool lets you change the color of strokes of the same color anywhere in a photo.

Magic Tube

If you need to use a color that has already been used in your photo, the eyedropper tool is very useful.


After your photo has been processed, and you need to touch up a color slightly, the recolor brush is a useful tool.

Recolor Brush

When your photo does not completely fit into the image window, you can scroll around with the hand tool.


Often, it is necessary to work in finer detail on a photo, so zooming in and out is very important.

Using Photo Editing Software to Touch Up
4 Lectures 07:15

Common things to do when you first open an image you wish to work on.

Opening Image

Not all background in a photo needs to remain for colorizing.

Removing Unnecessary Background

Once the extent of the photo for colorizing is determined, cleaning up major imperfections in the background is helpful.

Removing Background Imperfections

With cleaner objects in the photo, the easier colorizing will be.

Preview 04:55
Colorizing People
7 Lectures 50:48

This is a look at how to colorize a simple background in an image.


When you have people in photos you are colorizing, getting their clothing color as realistic as possible is important.


One of the trickier aspects of colorizing is selecting the right skin tone for subjects in a photo.


As with skin color, hair color is not easy to duplicate in colorizing, but can be approximated.


Getting a life-like look from the eyes can give a lot of realism to a colorized photo.


To colorize the lips, or not, is often a question someone colorizing should consider.


Photos with people in them also generally have other objects that need to be colorized. Here are some ideas for doing it.

1 Lecture 01:22
About the Instructor
Thomas Duvernay, PhD
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Educator and Historian

Thomas Duvernay has been teaching in colleges and universities since 1986. He first taught industrial automation and electronics at Lansing Community College in the mid-1980s, and then moved with his wife and son in 1989 to Korea--his wife's home country--to teach at a university, and has been there ever since. He has a master's and a doctorate in Korean studies, and has been teaching Korean history in universities since 2006.

He has been a practitioner of Korean traditional archery since 1993, and is the foremost non-Korean authority on the subject. He has written a book on it, along with having produced two related videos; all of them have sold thousands of copies world-wide over the years.

Thomas has a special love for Korea and for its history. Due to research he did on the 1871 US-Korea military action, he campaigned to have a historic flag, which was captured by the US Navy in 1871, returned to Korea. In 2007, after twelve years, his campaign paid off with the flag being returned to Korea on a long-term loan, which will, someday, hopefully, become permanent. He continues his research into the 1871 action to the present day.

Another off-shoot from his historical research is colorization of old photographs. He started colorizing them as a way to find hidden details in photos for his research. That led to his serious study of the subject. Although he has done all types of B&W photo colorizing, Thomas especially enjoys working on photographs from the American Civil War.

As one might expect of a life-long educator, Thomas enjoys teaching students. To him, his students are his energy.