By Phil Hecken
Almost every weekend, I publish a great feature called, “Colorize This!” which features the colorization efforts of the Uni Watch readership. It’s been going strong for six months or so now, but lately it seems that the colorizations come from two fantastic artists, George Chilvers and Gary Chanko, the “G&G Boys.” Back in January, I featured George in this wonderful interview, in which George gave several explanations of his techniques. They were great, but they were really more “suggestions” and “here’s what I do’s” than teaching, and that was fantastic.
I *tried* to give you guys a very basic tutorial many months ago, and THE Jeff Provo also helped out with his own tricks. Many of you readers began sending in your own colorizations in the months that followed.
But while others continue to send in their efforts, many who once participated have seemed to slide back. I discussed this with George and Gary, and we all seemed to think that this may have been due to the fact that Gary & George consistently put forth such great efforts, others may have been a little reticent to have their work showcased next to the Gary & George’s herculean efforts. I thought it might be nice to have a tutorial on colorization, not by me — but by the masters of the art — so today, I’m pleased to present a truly well-done, step-by-step guide to colorization, by Gary Chanko. It’s actually the first of two parts. After a brief introduction by Gary, the step-by-step tutorial will begin — and it is AMAZING. I hope you folks will take a look and give the colorizations a whirl. OK? OK!
Colorization Tutorial, Part 1: Coloring Vintage Black & White Sports Photos
Gary P. Chanko
Several weeks ago, during an email exchange with Phil, I suggested developing a colorization (colourisation for friends across the pond and in Oz) tutorial to spur additional participation in “Colorize This!” The thinking was there are likely many readers that would like to try their hand but were hesitant for lack of know-how.
I had only started colorizing just a few months ago. My knowledge about digital image editing was based on a few years of editing my own digital photography. I had some experience with software tools for editing but certainly wasn’t an expert. Rather than add color to black & white images, I often was removing background color or converting the color to black & white.
So I wanted the tutorial to focus on the needs of similar folks that had some basic skills with using image editing software and just needed some step-by-step guidance to get started. I wanted the tutorial to be detailed, yet easy to follow enough for anyone to follow.
I believe the objectives were met. After completing tutorial you should have the skill set to colorize any digital black & white image. Not just vintage sports photos, but those of family and friends. Imagine surprising Grandma with a color version of her High School Senior picture.
Thanks Gary. Everyone ready to begin?
I now draw your attention to Gary’s Colorization Tutorial, which is a google doc of a PDF created by Gary specifically for this project. If anyone would like me to E-mail them the actual PDF, drop me a line and I’ll send along a copy.
Next weekend I’ll be back with Gary and the second half of his tutorial.
by Rick Pearson
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be”…
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We have another new set of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
We start with Sean O’Malley, who followed up on a Rolls Reuss suggestion:
Somebody threw out this suggestion and here it is!
Next up is Paul Hovey, who has a twist on two popular avocations on Uni Watch, a “DIY/Tweak”. Dig:
I’m not exactly sure if this qualifies as a DIY or tweak, but here they are anyway. My three tweaks are the results of asking myself a few questions:
What if today’s Padres color scheme met the 1984 home jersey? The name might have looked better in navy blue, but in ’84 the 3rd color on the front (the final outline color) was used as the name, so I kept that the same.
What if the Padres road jersey colors from the ’90s met today’s road jersey? It looks like today’s road jersey, except for the orange drop shadow on the front and additional orange outline on the back number.
I made these jerseys a few years ago, as evidence by the Greene and Hoffman no longer playing for the team. I just put my own number on the alternate. I got the jerseys from Eastbay.com and customized them at the sports store I work at in San Diego. The logos are made of tackle twill and sewn down, just like the (most of the) pros.
Thanks a lot for checking out my work
And finally, we have Paul Barrett, who sent in his concept before the new uni was unveiled — but it’s still good:
In honor of the Wizards unveiling the 2011-12 uni set in a few weeks, I thought I’d send it what I put together for them. I was (clearly) inspired by the old bullets unis with some updated blue and striping changes.
Nice job, tweakers. Back with more next weekend.
Back to 1918?
Well, the BoSox and the Cubs threw back, in more ways than one, to “1918” yesterday evening in Boston. Yes, even though they put up old logos on the board, there’s just something so evilly corporate about it all that it was just a decidedly modern feel.
Not that it was their fault, but the Sawks looked like milkmen, with their plain white uniforms. Of course, they did wear red sleeves and socks, which would have been great, except they should have looked like this.
Oh, and the corporate cleats and Majestic makers marks on the sleeve and ass were a nice touch too.
Add to the fact that both teams wore #OB (which they did not have in 1918), except, as Majestic always seems to do, the put the numbers too low on the back. They also made them in a generic block font instead of the more classic font worn by each team. Mystifying.
Hey, at least they seemed to get the Cubs logo correct. I suppose it was a nice effort, and a cool idea, and it was interesting to at least see Majestic try. But seeing stuff like this sure didn’t make me think about 1918.
-Hats by New Era.
-Jerseys and pants by Majestic.
-Socks by Twin City Knitting.
-Apathy by Bud Selig.
— Terry “Simply Moono” Duroncelet