A Look at How Dynamichrome Infuses Color Into Old Black and White Photos

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Colorizing old black and white photographs in Photoshop has become quite a trend over the past few years, and communities of retouchers have sprung up in order to share and compare their work.

One particular colorizer named Jordan Lloyd has decided to turn his hobby into a business called Dynamichrome. It specializes “in high fidelity colour reconstruction services in culture, history and entertainment.”

Lloyd comes from the world of architecture, which trained his eye and Photoshop skills for the tedious process of eyeballing colors and digitally “painting” them by hand into images. Clues as to which colors to use often come from other historical photos that were captured in color.

Here are a couple time-lapse videos (along with before-and-after photos) showing how Lloyd went about restoring and colorizing two particular photos. He will be posting these types of videos to his YouTube channel:

Jammie Rogers, Daredevil 1917

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Frutos Del Pais, c.1905

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Fading Examples

Lloyd is also sharing some examples through the @dynamichrome Instagram account:

A video posted by @dynamichrome on Dec 12, 2014 at 7:09pm PST

A video posted by @dynamichrome on Dec 12, 2014 at 9:03am PST

More Examples

Here are some more before-and-after examples of colorizations done by Dynamichrome:

Dynamichrome_Yellow_Girl_1935

Dynamichrome_Old_Gold_1937

Dynamichrome_Sac_and_Fox_1898

Dynamichrome_March_on_Washington_1968

Dynamichrome_Old_Milwaukee_1941

Dynamichrome_Flippin_Burgers_1938

Dynamichrome_Iwo_Jima_1945

Dynamichrome_Stillfried-Samurai-Looking-Right_1881

Dynamichrome_Louis_Armstrong_1961

Dynamichrome_Kyodaka_1860s

Dynamichrome_War_Paint_1944

Dynamichrome_Kid_on_F84_1947

Dynamichrome_After_Gettysburg_1863

You can find some other examples, as well as hire Lloyd’s services for your own needs, over through the Dynamichrome website.

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Image credits: Colorizations by Jordan Lloyd and used with permission

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