40s and 50s Hollywood in Color

Colorized Glamour


Chris Charles, CODIJY User & Community Member, UK

Having been a vintage film fan for many many years and seeing a plethora of b/w images and wanted them to be in color.

In that era color film was expensive and we are now in a position to preserve History in a technical and artistic way whilst maintaining quality.



I discovered techniques that enable me to bring CODIJY out more by incorporating additional photographic software. I color the image down to individual pixel if necessary in especially dubious areas like a blurred eyelash for example to get more definition.

After I have colored each image I then export the image into a layering program adding more depth and tints tones and correct things like bad exposure. This is the way I keep the photographic look but with more depth.

However that is the gloss the coloring is key if I know it looks right in CODIJY the rest is to emphasize that to try and give a professional finish so each stage is as important to what I do as the other.



Yes, colorways used are fictitious mostly but it gives that life to the image and warmth. Magazine color plates in the 40s and 50s were not to the standard of todays and CODIJY is more in tune with todays.

I used the word fictitious with the regard to colors as I do not use existing color images for reference I only use b/w and convert them using imagination and with the Hollywood feel for glamour