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I have several photos taken in a studio, but the one photo I like is in black and white, and I lost the raw image file. Those photos I don't like, which have colors, are really similar to the one I like: same background, same guy, same shirt, although the camera positions are a little bit different. So I'm wondering if there's an easy way to use the colors from the other photos that I don't like to colorize this black and white one.

Thanks.

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This is not what you want to hear, but the answer is no, there is no easy way to do it. I am not aware of any working algorithms which can automatically colorize a photo. given a colored template or not. I would rather try to find or recover (recuva, or some tools that can un-delte come free together with memory cards) the RAW which you lost. You don't write how you lost the raw; if you just accidentally deleted it you might be able to recover it.

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Thanks for your answer! I decided to add the colors in my self (by doing a lot of selections and color balance). And the result turns out to be good enough - it makes people think that I applied a saturated filter. It's a long story as to how I lost the raw file, but it'll definitely take me longer to get that file than to color it in. –  user14412 Nov 17 '13 at 4:51
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Glad to hear you've produced something you can use. If you want to see how good some people are at this process, go take a look at reddit.com/r/Colorization where you can also request people to do the voodoo for you (assuming you are happy to post the image into a public forum). I'm sure they would also give advice on technique. –  dav1dsm1th Nov 18 '13 at 2:00

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