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Pro Photo Colorizing with GIMP by Phillip Whitt

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© Phillip Whitt 2016

Phillip Whitt, Pro Photo Colorizing with GIMP, 10.1007/978-1-4842-1949-2_2

2. An Introduction to Tonal Adjustments

Phillip Whitt

(1)Columbus, Georgia, USA

In this chapter, we’ll cover the following:

  • A tonally correct image

  • Using the histogram to assess tonality

  • Tracking tonality using the Color Picker tool

  • Using sample points

  • Tonal corrections using levels

  • Tonal corrections using curves

As a professional photo restoration artist, colorization is an oft-requested service. However, the images are almost always in need of some tonal adjustments to acquire the best overall contrast.

Since colorization is essentially applying translucent hues over various parts of the image, it’s important that the image has been tonally optimized to look ...

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