How to colorize black and white images in Imerge Pro

by birtanpublished on August 17, 2020

In today’s tutorial we’re going to take a look at how you can use Imerge Pro to add color to black and white images. When it comes to colorizing photos, it doesn’t really matter where on the picture you start. The organization of your masks and effects is important though, so pay attention to that from the start. For example, all of these police officers are wearing the same shirts, so they’re likely going to all be the same color. This is where you have to make an organizational decision; effects in Imerge can have their

Own masks. So you could either have one Adjustment layer for a group, like the police, and then have multiple Colorize B&W effects for each piece, which then have their own masks. Or you could have multiple Adjustment layers for each piece, but only using one Colorize B&W effect each. I’ll start by creating an Adjustment layer and naming it “Police Shirts”. Now come up to the Masks section, click the plus, and choose the mask that best fits what you’re

Trying to isolate. In most cases, you’ll need to draw your own vector mask. Click around the outline of your subject to create the mask. You can click and drag to make it curve. Bring it around to the first point to close it. I’ll repeat this for the other three uniforms. The feather of each mask can be adjusted with the Softness slider. Now I’ll add the Colorize B&W effect using the quick insert menu, which is activated with Control+I. This effect has two types: Gradient Map, which allows you to map colors

Based on the luminance values, and Solid Color, which tints everything the color you select. Gradient Map would be useful on something like skin tones, where the skin shouldn’t be all the same color. I can make the highlights, which is the right end of the slider, a different color than the shadows, which is the left side. Once you’ve set the colorization, you can lower the Opacity if needed. And that’s pretty much the whole process you need to go through for each item in your photo. It’s

A process that requires patience and attention to detail, similar to rotoscoping in visual effects. Here are some of the different parts that make up my final image. The girls in the back all have different colored dresses, so I use multiple Adjustment layers. But they all have the same hair and skin tone, so for that I just used one. The magazine is one adjustment layer, with multiple Colorize effects, each of which have their own mask.

The Colorize Black and White effect is a new feature in Imerge 3.0. For more info about that update, check out this video. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see you all in the next video.

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