Earlier this year, we shared some amazing work by Swedish retoucher Sanna Dullaway, who takes historical B&W photographs and colorizes them. YouTube user IColoredItForYou is another master of restoring, retouching, and colorizing, but what’s awesome about his work is that he creates behind-the-scenes videos showing how the edits are done. The above time-lapse video shows how he recently used Photoshop to colorize Margaret Bourke-White’s famous 1937 photograph, titled “Bread Line during the Louisville flood, Kentucky”.
Here’s what the original Bourke-White photo looks like:
…and here’s the result of IColoredItForYou’s magical Photoshop touch:
Here are some more of the videos from his account (at the end of each one is a before-and-after comparison):
Unlike other retouchers, who do their projects for hire, IColoredItForYou says that he simply does it out of curiosity — to see what an old image would look like if it had been captured as a color photograph. He’s currently a student, and is entirely self-taught in photo restoration and image editing.
To make appropriate decisions for which colors to use, he does a good deal of research, finding old photographs from the early 20th century to learn about the prevalent colors of the day. A good percentage of his choices are also guesswork, based on intuition and a sense of what looks “best”.