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Colorizing and Enhancing Black and white Photos

Written By: Paul Selhi

Colorize Black and White Photographs, Enhance Digital and Standard Photographs- The Easiest Image Enhancement Software Available. Put the Colour back into Your Pictures

BlackMagic may be used to colorize Black & White, Sepia, or IR (infrared) photos, or to color-correct ones with faded or inappropriate colours. Being extremely simple to use, its a software that transcends age and professional boundaries, providing an immense sense of achievement, pride and satisfaction for kids and adults alike. The resulting colorized photos have optimally saturated and consistent, correct hues – giving the appearance as if the photo had originally been ‘shot’ in c
olour! BlackMagic delivers such professional grade results with the minimum of fuss, and just a few minutes worth of effort.

BlackMagic incorporates “TimeBrush RLC [Real-Life-Colour]” standard. The TimeBrush RLC technology was specifically created for colourizing black & white motion pictures of the Hollywood fame. This feature provides BlackMagic the ability to render superb, rich, vibrant looking colours, that are not under/ over saturated, yet look completely natural.

Colourizing Photos – the ISSUES

Colourizing black & white photos can get quite involving, depending upon the quality and sophistication of the results desired. The process involved can be very tedious and challenging, taking a day [often several] to completely colourize a single black & white photograph to professional grade quality. The typical ‘paint’ computer programs usually require the operator to select individual hue [colour], opacity [transparency], etc., for colouring a specific portion of the photo. This is further compounded by the need to ‘guess’ the right hue/ saturation values to colour a certain object, which can take several hit-and-trial iterations, with no guarantee of a ‘best’ match.

The whole process may need to be repeated hundreds of times over to finish a single photograph…even then, the results often leave much to be desired, and rarely resemble the ‘real life colours’ that we are used to seeing in colour photographs Even with all the professional care and sophistication, it is common to get results depicting improper colour matches, over saturated colours, dull/ faded colours, or over-emphasized/ blurred edges.

The BlackMagic Difference

BlackMagic resolves all of the above problems associated with colourizing black & white photos, and more. The system uses state-of-the-art Neural Net algorithms to provide dynamic parameterization. This means that the user is not required to pick specific colour hues or the associated values/ parameters – she/ he works by simply identifying the ‘type of object’ to be coloured. BlackMagic then automatically performs the needed calculations to continuously vary all required parameters, based on the content of the photograph/ region being colourized – all done in the background transparent to the user. This process ensures consistent as well as optimal selection of hue, brightness, saturation, opacity, etc. for colourizing any object/ region of the image, without the guess work that would otherwise have been required.

BlackMagic provides several tools, to most expeditiously apply RealLifeColour palettes to a monochromatic image. It is available in several versions, to suit every budget and need.

See the software in action at http://www.black-and-white-to-color.com

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Network Engineer and amateur photographer

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