Photography has been around for quite a long time in one form or another, but the ability to capture images in color using a portable device is a relatively recent development. We’ve come a long way since the earliest known photographic cameras developed in the early 19th century, both in terms of quality and the speed at which we can capture photos. But while modern photography is certainly very impressive, we sometimes feel the urge to take a glance back in time to see where it all began.
If you’re a photography enthusiast like me, you’re probably already familiar with many of the first black and white images ever captured. But have you ever seen them in color? Chances are you probably haven’t because colorizing black and white photos wasn’t possible until very recently. But now thanks to tools like Vance AI Photo Colorizer, we can finally look at famous historical images in their true colors.
What is Vance AI Photo Colorizer?
The photo colorizer we’re covering in this article is the latest in a long line of online tools developed by Vance AI. The company specializes in AI-powered software that’s not only efficient but also extremely easy to use. Some of Vance’s previous products include things like a background remover, image enlarger, and image denoiser, to name just a few examples.
Similar to the aforementioned tools, Vance AI Photo Colorizer uses machine learning techniques, such as Deep Convolutional Neural Networks, to improve itself over time. Normally, this would mean the tool would require a lot of practice before it would be able to yield decent results. However, Vance AI’s photo colorizer was trained extensively before launch using a wide variety of image samples to ensure that the tool is in a great state on day one.
You may still come across odd artifacts or discoloration depending on the quality of the image you’re trying to process. For the most part, though, Vance AI Photo Colorizer works just as advertised.
The tool doesn’t have a steep learning curve, so figuring out how it works shouldn’t take you too long. But we do have a quick guide for you down below just in case you get stuck somewhere along the way.
How to Colorizer Black and White Photos With Vance AI
- Visit the official Vance AI website and go to the ‘Solutions’ dropdown menu to find the colorize photo tool. Click the Upload Image button to get started.
2. If you don’t have a black and white image at the ready, you can click the ‘Sample’ tab in order to test the tool using one of the existing photos found on the website. Otherwise, upload your own image and then click the Continue button to move on to the next step.
3. Click the Start button on the next screen to begin processing your image. Vance AI Photo Colorizer has a neat feature that lets you generate a PSD file (Photoshop Document) of the resulting photo, just in case you want to make certain tweaks afterward. Once the colorized image is ready, feel free to rate the results and download the photo to your computer.
Plans and Pricing
If you’re looking to colorize black and white photos for free you’re in luck because Vance AI’s newest tool gives you 5 freebies per month. After that, you’ll need to sign up for one of the paid plans if you want to continue using the software. If you want to stick to the free plan, it’s worth noting that you will also be limited in regards to the size and resolution of the images you upload. The tool will also place a watermark on the images it processes, so the free plan should primarily only be used for testing purposes.
For $9.90 per month, you can sign up for the Basic plan and forget about those limitations. This package lets you colorize up to 200 images and gives you access to additional features, including batch processing and customer support. If you want to go all the way, there’s the Pro plan priced at $19.99/mo, which lets you colorize up to 500 images while also letting you upload much larger images.
The thing I like the most about Vance AI is that you don’t have to subscribe separately to the various tools on offer. If you’re on the Basic plan, for example, you can use the image enlarger, background remover and all the other tools in addition to the photo colorizer. Just keep in mind that the amount of credits shown is the grand total that can be used across all tools.
Seeing old black and white photos in color gives you a new sense of appreciation for the past. Photographers have captured countless important historical moments over the decades but seeing them in black and white doesn’t quite convey the full range of emotions we are supposed to experience when viewing them. But while the photographers of the past were limited by the technology of their time, we now have the means to compensate for that with modern AI-powered tools. And see the world as they saw it – in full color.
As you can tell from the example image I used, Vance AI Photo Colorizer can’t fully restore a photo in certain situations. The tool did a good enough job with the image, but given that it was taken more than 75 years ago at the end of World War II, it’s not surprising that some of the details are a bit off. Luckily, there’s no need to worry about that with more recent photos while very old ones can also be perfected manually using software like Photoshop.
At the time of writing, Vance AI Photo Colorizer was only recently launched and its capabilities are already pretty impressive. Especially when you consider how accessible it is and the fact that you can use it for free. Give the developers a couple more months to make improvements and we might see it evolve into the best photo colorizer on the market.