Incredible Tool Casts Color Over Black & White Photos In Seconds, Like Magic
Photograph in San Francisco by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Screenshot via Interactive Colorization App
Have you ever tried colorizing a monochromatic photo using Photoshop? While the software is just incredibly powerful, there hasn’t been an easy, timesaving way to colorize photos yet. Good news: the future is here. Well, almost.
A year ago, a group of researchers— led by Richard Zhang—from the University of California at Berkeley developed the ‘Interactive Deep Colorization’ tool: an AI-powered software that automatically adds color to black and white photos, based on an algorithm that studies the tinting patterns of millions of images.
As you’d expect, the task of restoring pictures to their original colors isn’t so easy. The program didn’t come without its problems—it still had many colors wrong. And while it’s good at adding color to black and white pictures, it’s not as spot-on in guessing where the colors should go.
Thankfully, the team has updated the app for extra accuracy, but it needs a little bit of your help—just a few clicks—to bring your black and white photos to colorful life. The software now lets you drop some “hints” to steer it to saturate the right colors into the right places. What better way to perfect the system than with the human eye, which perceives color in a way no AI can?
After working on your pictures, the ‘Interactive Deep Colorization’ program lets you correct its mistakes using a set of “suggested colors”. When you add markers, the app makes changes to the images in real time so that they’ll turn out as precise as possible.
Watch how the software works below and take a look at some results from the UC Berkeley site. You can download the intelligent deep-learning tool from GitHub.
‘Migrant Mother’ by Dorothea Lange, 1936. Screenshot via Interactive Colorization App
Photograph of Albert Einstein by Arthur Sasse, 1951. Screenshot via Interactive Colorization App
The Tetons and the Snake River’ by Ansel Adams, 1942. Screenshot via Interactive Colorization App