I have some frames of a security IR camera. The images are black and white. Is there any way to represent these images with colors. I use GIMP in Ubuntu operating system. Thank you!

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There are no colours to restore; the image was recorded in black and white. You could create a false colour image by switching the image to a paletted image (256 colours), then assigning a different colour palette. I'm not familiar enough with the GIMP (and, people, the "the" is not optional; the name of the program is "the GIMP") to know whether it has a split-toning option in the current(ish) releases or add-ins, but you can use that to false-colour a black-and-white image as well. If you're interested in recovering the original colours in the scene, though, you're out of luck—you'd need to hand-tint the image.

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    So, on gimp.org, it says "GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program." — no the.
    – mattdm
    Jul 17, 2012 at 20:37
  • One of the programmers at work once asked me if i knew how to make a Mask in GIMP..... much LOLz were had once he realised what hed asked for :-) Jul 17, 2012 at 20:48
  • "the GNU Image Manipulation Program"...
    – user2719
    Jul 17, 2012 at 20:57
  • Yes, but not (necessarily) "the GIMP".
    – mattdm
    Jul 18, 2012 at 4:20
  • Can you migrate a comments thread to "English" ??!! Jul 18, 2012 at 7:07

Nope - sorry!

All colour information is lost (unrecorded), it cannot be recovered, no matter what software you use.

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