1 Reply Latest reply on May 8, 2014 5:29 PM by Dave LaRonde

    How to determine actual colors in a black and white photo?

    BCNotbefore

      I'm not sure if I'm in the right section, but I'm wondering if it's possible to use an Adobe program to restore actual colors in a black and white photo? I don't want add color by imagining or guessing; I need to determine the real colors. This might not even be possible, but if it is, please tell me what I can use.

       

      Thank you.

        • 1. Re: How to determine actual colors in a black and white photo?
          Dave LaRonde Level 6

          That's where the artistry comes into play when they colorize old movies.

           

          A lady wears a nice dress:  is it greeen or purple?  It looks gray.

          A baby comes home from the hospital cute new baby clothes: pink or blue?  They look light gray.

          That's a nice school tie that guy's wearing: use the wrong colors on the stripes, and he's at a different school.  But they're nothing more than varying shades of gray.

           

          If there's one thing missing in a B&W photograph, it's any vestige of color information.   All you have is gray scale.   You may NEED to determine the real colors, but without a color photograph to use as a reference image, you're out of luck.