Arrsers self-colourised photo collection

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I've made a start on these requests so standby. Meanwhile, here's one I did earlier from an NI thread:-

Before:-
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After:-
ERFeOD9XsAEYXFT_colour.jpg


Edit: Read down the thread as this image has picked up relevant feedback and gone through several iterations of adjustment and enhancement.
 
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The following posts lifted from the "Arrsers self taken photo collection" thread prompted this as a companion thread:-
Nice one mate!
 
nice work @NSP !

Though, as a pedant, I'd have to say the DPM jacket is a touch 'off' as much of the green during that period was of a lighter hue.

The helmet (from memory) would have been green also.
 

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Though, as a pedant, I'd have to say the DPM jacket is a touch 'off' as much of the green during that period was of a lighter hue.
I Google Image-searched for DPM jacket and then took a copy n' paste from a suitable image into P'Shop and created a texture layer using the DPM swatch as the source. Then I removed the mask on the texture layer over the jacket to colourize it. It's not going to be an exact match as you have to make the layer semi-transparent to preserve the creases and shadows and other detail in the original B&W image.

However, I can work on it. Feedback will inform the final versions of the colourised images so the initial posts will be "works in progress" based on colour samples taken from contemporaneous colour images. In the case of the Mossie set @Gun_Brickie has requested these will be based on the colours in images of present-day photos of preserved examples as there wasn't a lot of colour photography around during the second great unpleasantness.

Info on the colours of pilot clothing of the era would be helpful - I can go on movie stills but they aren't always accurate. The first Mossie pic I'm working on at the moment shows three guys in flyers overalls which seem to be olive green but most movies show the pilots in RAF blues, dress shoes and with brown sheepskin-lined jackets on top!
 

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It occurs to me I should start charging for this and bin my thoughts on throwing tutorial posts into the mix!! :)

However, I will keep the original layered .psd files and make them available, should anyone with suitable software want to play.
 
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The helmet (from memory) would have been green also.
Again, Google Image searched and, comparing the depth of shade with the selection of green and brown-helmeted '70s NI soldiers that came back in contemporanious colour images it looked more like a brown one. Could even be black, looking at the original B&W...?
 
Again, Google Image searched and, comparing the depth of shade with the selection of green and brown-helmeted '70s NI soldiers that came back in contemporanious colour images it looked more like a brown one. Could even be black, looking at the original B&W...?
Don't get me wrong, chap-I salute your skill, one which I do not possess not have the patience to learn :cool:

. . . as to the helmet; well, can't say that I ever saw brown ones on the streets . . . then again, I never went out with every section or multiple that deployed.

Cracking effort and keep it up!
 

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Don't get me wrong, chap-I salute your skill, one which I do not possess not have the patience to learn :cool:

. . . as to the helmet; well, can't say that I ever saw brown ones on the streets . . . then again, I never went out with every section or multiple that deployed.

Cracking effort and keep it up!
This image was apparently taken on the Falls around Divis Flats in 1978. If anyone is on here who served in NI at that time and recognises the scenery then hopefully they'll feed in some detail and I can get it right. If I'm going to do this to this sort of image then I'd like to get it as "real" as I can, if for no other reason than as a mark of respect for those that went to these places and didn't come back, or left part of themselves there - mentally as well as physically.

On that basis, no need to worry about criticism. It's nothing of the sort; it's feedback. I was five in 1978 and wasn't there! Most on here know that the closest I've got to a uniform is being a Spacey in my teens so...

Edited to add: I did look on Google Streetview to see if I could see the scene and get some guide colours from that (appreciating that it would have been updated and redecorated a few times since) but couldn't spot anything that looked remotely like it.
 
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This is arrse at its best!

I hereby declare a 3 month cessation of any ridiculing of @NSP on account of him being a beard owner with dubious pastimes.

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I shave it off when I get home from the boat.

As to my pastimes, the most dubious have been curtailed for meeting an actual lady, rather than just meeting a woman.
 

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Anyway, if you could all stop interrupting for a moment: I've some 'plane porn to colour...
 
Anyway, if you could all stop interrupting for a moment: I've some 'plane porn to colour...
You do realise your "in tray" is probably gonna get very big.

Probably best to declare now that you are busy with oranges & stockings most of the time and can only do this shit when free from your self-bondage.

:w00t:

Good work fella :)
 
This image was apparently taken on the Falls around Divis Flats in 1978. If anyone is on here who served in NI at that time and recognises the scenery then hopefully they'll feed in some detail and I can get it right. If I'm going to do this to this sort of image then I'd like to get it as "real" as I can, if for no other reason than as a mark of respect for those that went to these places and didn't come back, or left part of themselves there - mentally as well as physically.

On that basis, no need to worry about criticism. It's nothing of the sort; it's feedback. I was five in 1978 and wasn't there! Most on here know that the closest I've got to a uniform is being a Spacey in my teens so...
Here ya go, chap:

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You do realise your "in tray" is probably gonna get very big.

Probably best to declare now that you are busy with oranges & stockings most of the time and can only do this shit when free from your self-bondage.

:w00t:

Good work fella :)
If the hi-viz' twats in Holland let us on the boat again I'll have a whole month to work on this stuff whilst I watch colonials do all the work, out of the corner of my eye.
 
Excellent work chaps!!!!
This is what arrse is about.
 

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Actually, with a bit of colour burn on the smudge where the pattern repeats we get this:-

ERFeOD9XsAEYXFT_DPM_lightened_burn.jpg


Far more natural-looking, I feel... More working kit and not freshly-wrenched-from- @stacker1 's-hands...
 
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