By Phil Hecken
Last weekend, I featured one of our extraordinary colorizers, Gary Chanko, who presented a the first half of a Colorization Tutorial, Part I. If you missed that, you can check out the entire article here. Today, Gary is back with the second half of the tutorial.
As with Part I, all you need to know is contained in the link that follows. So, without further ado, here’s Gary to describe the second part:
In Part 1 of the Colorization Tutorial we walked through the steps to colorize the Phils pitcher (still trying to identify this player). This week in Part 2 we complete the colorization tutorial by adding the image background. We’ll use all the tools and techniques covered in Part 1 plus a few new ones.
At the beginning I suggested that after completing this tutorial you’d be equipped to tackle any black and white digital image. Hopefully you find this tutorial improves your digital image editing skills and provides confidence to take on future colorization projects.
I can’t say how thankful I am to Gary for doing this — colorization may not be of interest to some (or many) of you, but it is really a neat (if time-consuming) hobby. And if done correctly, and skillfully, it can add another important chapter to the historical record, particularly in the area of uniform research. So much of our opinion is formed by our visual impressions of uniforms, and even the most skilled among us can only gaze upon a black and white photograph — and even if we know the colors — yett can’t truly comprehend how said photographic image must have appeared to those who saw the games live, or to the artist who took the picture. Colorization provides that “gap filler” so to speak.
Again, I realize Gary’s tutorials may have been rather complex (to the uninitiated at least) and may seem difficult — but they truly lay a solid foundation upon which all colorization is based. It is efforts like his and George Chilvers and others which have and will continue to allow us to appreciate how uniforms (and the games, stadia, fans, etc.) really looked in the days before color photography.
Here then is Colorization Tutorial, Part II 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.
And stay tuned for a special Saturday edition of “Colorize This!” which will show off some new readers who’ve used Gary’s tutorial already. Hope more of you take the plunge after reading this one!
by Rick Pearson
In a tournament, sometimes you play out of position…
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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 “Phil A. in Phoenix” who has some crossover concepts:
I am a recent reader of your column and enjoy the uni tweaks. I really like the concept 3 of the Pittsburgh teams follow using black and gold “city colors”. In an effort to duplicate that and add a little variety to the typical red and blue in MLB, I tweaked a few unis to match the local NFL team (or in the case of the Red Sox an NBA team). Since my editing skills are not as good as many on this site, I stuck to the current alternate uniform in most cases, which gave me a larger color block to deal with.
1. I think the Red Sox are one of those untouchable teams, but I I thought I’d see how they look with Celtics colors.
2. Twins: I know you are not a big fan of purple, but the Vikings colors jazz up the look a bit.
3. Rays: Currently they have a pretty generic uniform, but the old creamsicle Buccaneers uniform colors would look great.
4. Brewers: Every team in Wisconsin should be green and yellow and the Brewers should stick with the old ball glove logo.
5. Rockies: Old Broncos colors.
6. Astros: I would like to see them return to the classic tequila sunrise jersesy, but I tried out a new look with the old Oilers colors.
7. Nationals: If any team has the right to use red and blue it’s the Nationals, but I think the Redskins colors would add some variety not currently in the league.
8. Indians: Gotta go with the simple look of the Browns.
9. Padres: I know someone else can mix these colors better, but there isn’t a better looking NFL uniform than the Chargers light blue unis.
10. Detroit: Lions colors.
In the two-hole is Josh Lassiter, who has some college hoop tweaks, Jim Vilk-style:
I had some uni tweaks for Baylor basketball. I think these would look great. We got the three stripe look or being an Adidas team. Simple but nice. Your thoughts?
And finally, we have Walter Helfer, who takes on the “untouchable”:
My first Yankee grey uniform uses the sublimated flannel pattern Under Armor used for their Mizzou throwbacks. I included vertical arch lettering on this one; think of it as “value added” for all those dollars the Yanks pump into their product.
The second road uniform uses their pinstripes (stop cringing, Phil) as a backdrop. I stuck with the plain arched “New York” because the angled letters need to better stand out from the parallel pattern. Simple, elegant, traditional.
Thanks as always.
Great stuff, fellas. Back with more tomorrow.
Occasionally, I will be featuring wonderful, high-quality black and white photographs that are just begging to be colorized.
After last weekend and this weekend’s colorization tutorial by Gary, I thought we might have some interesting colorizations this week — turns out we do, but it’s not quite what you’d think.
You see, reader Bruce Utzig had sent in a photo of his dad and was hoping someone might take a stab at colorizing it. Some”one” might be an understatement. I received several colorizations, which is great — it’s very interesting to see the different interpretations.
The first colorizer, who sent this even before his first tutorial appeared, was none other than Gary Chanko:
Maybe Bruce will be surprised with this one. Would be interested to know if any of background coloring turns out to be accurate.
Next up was Jeremy Kelly:
Here’s the colorization that Bruce Utzig requested of his father.
I hope that he is pleased with the result!
Also trying his hand at this photo was Bill Maselunas:
Here’s my freshman attempt at colorizing Bruce Utzig’s photo of his dad… I cropped out the Chinese carpet for sanity’s sake.
We also had one from Efra Sanchez:
My name is Efra Sanchez and this is my submission to Colorize This!
I really liked the photo sent in by Bruce Utzig and I gave it a try.
Hope you like it, but more importantly I hope Bruce likes it.
And of course, no Colorize This! would be complete without George Chilvers trying his hand at this one as well:
Not the best quality photo to work on, but hope he likes this.
Of course, the colorization tutorial also yielded some new blood who didn’t colorize Bruce Utzig’s dad. Our first non-Bruce colorizer is Keith Conforti, who checks in with this:
Great write-up on colorizing photos. I do some of my own colorizing from methods I developed by trial and error, so I’d love to see this pdf to compare it with my way of doing it. Thanks for sharing!
By the way, I attached a sample of my colorizing wok. If its up to muster and you’d like to feature it on Uni, feel free. My goal was to create a “Card That Never Was” of Paige in the 1952 Topps set. The black and white photo I found was of about the same era. I simply needed to alter it to a Browns uniform. I wasn’t after a truly colorized photo, but a 1952 Topps rendition of how their artists colored black and white images for baseball cards. I hope you like it.
Next up was Jon Kamide, who had this to contribute:
I love the site, and as a freelance artist wanted to take on the colorization of some classic B&W photos. My family has a direct lineage with Miller Huggins, therefore naturally wanted to start off colorizing one of him. The colors aren’t a shock (it’s the Yankees after all); but nonetheless it certainly adds detail and expression that are sometimes lost in grayscale, vintage images. Attached is the JPEG color version. Original B&W link is here. Looking forward to doing another.
And to come full circle, Gary couldn’t resist one more — and I think Ricko will approve:
I continue to find amazing colorizing opportunities in the collection of wire service photos. This photo of Billy Joe was highlighted in last week’s No Service Like Wire Service, Vol. 30.
Incidentally, Billy Joe, I discovered is likely one of the greatest football coached you never heard about. After 33 seasons, he retired from coaching last October at age 70.
So back to image. Uni archaeologists will be thrilled to know the photo conclusively shows the helmet decal was actually blue. Anyway I think I will try to contact Coach Joe, send him a copy of the colorized photo, and see he can clear up the mysteries of this great image.
Thanks, Gary — Oh, that the pony is indeed blue…let’s hope you can truly clear this one up!
And finally, we have another reader submission FOR a colorization. This comes from frequent contributor Chris Bisbee:
Saw this in LA Time today with this caption:
Aug. 26, 1950: Hollywood Stars’ infielder Jim Baxes gets plunked in the back by a pitch from the San Francisco Seals’ Chet Johnson during eighth-inning action at Gilmore Stadium. Seals won 13-3. The Seals’ catcher is Ray Orteig.
So colorizers — now that you have the benefits of TWO tutorials, how about taking this one on? Of course, any and all “off the board” colorizations are welcome as well. As always, give me a holler with questions, suggestions or colorizations.
And don’t forget, just go back and take a look at any of Paul’s No Service Like Wire Service posts. They’re a fantastic source for great high-res B&W images.
Thanks again to all the colorizers who sent in their efforts this week. Hope to see even more of you back next time!
From The E-Mail Bag
Got an interesting E-Mail yesterday from Geoff Koleff, that I thought I’d share:
I noticed what seems like an awful lot of crap going on with Clemson’s alt home? jersey top. Shoulder stripes, pit stain color splash, logo creep on front above team name, random purple stripe down button placket.
Seems like they should just wear their regular home, much nicer and cleaner, no logo creep that I can see. Also strange their baseball uni is Russell Athletic when Clemson is a Nike school.
That’s their baseball site
I know Paul will probably be appalled with the mention of Clemson and his hated color but it was an oddity to me, not sure if it has been covered before or not.
Interesting. Readers — thoughts?
Also got an E-mail from Jerome Nemanich; if that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Jerome and I got together for the first Design-A-Cap contest, with the winning entry coming from Dan Grieve — with the final design looking like this. Here’s what Jerome had to say:
Just a note that last years design a cap winner is part of Zephyr hat HS front page.
OK lads and lasses. That’s all for today. Join me in wishing a Big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to webmaster John Ekdahl, who turns thirty-three. These kids today, eh?
Get ready to start your engines tomorrow…
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