Post # 1
So I am trying to scrapbook a album of all the places I lived in and in one of my hometowns(I have two hometowns, one where I grew up and lived at for eight years which is a majority of my life and my second hometown is where I spent a majority of my high school years and graduated high school at). But anyways I have these yearbook photos that are black and white that I want to convert in color. I want color like the original photo but if I don’t that’s ok. But my sister says they can’t be converted into color without the original files. So my advice question is where can I get them converted in color at And can make it look like the oringal photo but in color? Suggestions???
Post # 3
That’s pretty much impossible. They’d have to be hand colored, but there’s no way it’s going to look realistic or like the original.
Post # 5
Yep, you’d either need the original color files, or you’d need a professional to color them in photoshop or by hand which I’m sure is quite expensive.
Post # 6
Impossible unless you have the original negative and it was shot in color.
Post # 7
Some people are really good at colorizing photos. I’ve seen some really awesome ones on Reddit where people ask to get color added to some old black and white photos. But you need some skill and probably Photoshop for that.
Post # 8
@pineapplez17: +1. Reddit has a great section on it, but you’d definitely need photoshop
Post # 9
You can buy photo-coloring markers at crafts stores… however, these won’t look very good unless you know what you’re doing.
Old black and white photos were colored by hand (this was vey much pre-photoshop, let alone pre-computer) and it’s still done by some people today (very expensive I believe)
There is no way to create a color photo from black and white without doctoring it yourself… sorry!
Post # 10
Part of it is going to depend on HOW old the photos you are talking about are (ie WHEN they were taken)
If Photos were taken BEFORE the Digital Age then you need the actual orginals… in colour.
(Digital Cameras weren’t commonly available / affordable for the general public until the mid to late 1990s. This is when the first digital point & shoot cameras were introduced. They didn’t become mainstream… ie everyone had one until the 2000s)
Before Digital, cameras actually used “film” and one had to choose whether to shoot with B&W Film, or Colour Film. If you shot in B&W Film you couldn’t then take that photo negative and print it in the lab in colour… BUT if you shot in Colour Film you could take that photo negative into the lab and print it in B&W (the difference being in the Photo Paper)
Since the Digital Age… we all shoot in colour, and can switch a photo over to B&W right within the Camera, or when we edit the image on the computer.
As a HS Student, I worked on our Yearbook. Photo files tend to either get thrown out in time, or lost. Tracking down the “originals” be they actual prints or digital images could prove quite difficult. But if you are looking for colour versions of the B&Ws that you see in the yearbook this is where you’d have to start… (to see if anyone actually has the Originals in Colour)
Otherwise, as the other Bees mentioned, your only choice is going to be colourizing what you have now in B&W.
And that is going to prove to be VERY EXPENSIVE… as it is “an art” more than a science, and will require someone talented to do it for you.
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
Here is another idea…
If you are just looking for colours photos of these 2 towns … and from a certain timeframe… and not the photos that you specifically see in your yearbook.
I would say your best bet is
(a) Use Google Images for the name of the town and the year(s) you are interested in
(b) Contact the local Newspaper…
(c) Contact the local Library…
Every town has a “history” and photos are a big part of that … such info can usually be tracked down via the local Newspaper or Library to get access to their archives.
Hope this helps,