This time of year, many of our clients are asking us to colorize an old black and white photo to give as a gift. It is often an old photo of a grandmother or a grandfather, or a parent back in their glory days! Sometimes it's a picture of a loved one who has now passed. Or, it's a color picture which, with the passage of time (and poor original chemistry) has lost its vibrancy.
Colorizing an old black and white photo can make it come alive in a whole new way. The image might be familiar but the addition of carefully chosen colors can give the photo a whole new lease on life! Details which had been overlooked, all of a sudden become apparent.
Colorizing an old black and white photo
Ultimately, it is a blend of technology and art. And a big part of the exercise is judgment and restraint - overly bright and super-saturated colors seldom work with older images. The result, done right is a new heirloom that will be a treasure for generations. (Here is more about our photo colorization services.)
Apply your colorized photo to anything!
But you can get even more creative if you wish.
What about cups and plates, mouse pads, fridge magnets and canvas prints? All great ideas for your restored colorized photo. These days, the list is almost endless: Metal prints, acrylic prints, posters, iPhone cases, Galaxy cases, greeting cards, throw pillows, duvet covers, tote bags, t-shirts, sweatshirts, baby onesies, greeting cards, and the list goes on. Imagine the delight and surprise of your loved one!
Or, how about making it into a real work of art? Advances in print technology now give us the freedom to be truly creative with our old photos and opens up whole new possibilities for display and enjoyment.
You can print on large wood panels which allows the grain to show through. Or for an "industrial, shabby chic or bohemian look", some folks have their image made into "engineer prints" - like the large, lightweight prints used by architects. The New York Times has gathered a number of these cutting edge ideas into a very helpful article: "Turning Your Photos into Art".