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Alternative plugin vs painting layers in a B&W photo

Hello, I am brand new to GIMP, and am using it to colorize a B&W family wedding photo as a gift. I am a doofus, and it took me a couple of days to get it loaded and working, but at least I'm persistent! This program is stupendous!! I am using GIMP 2.6.11 for MacOSX, version 10.4.11Tiger.
I first made a practice sample on a simpler photo by creating separate layers for different parts of the picture (wall, curtain, dress, suit, skin, etc) and painting the object(s) in each layer. It is beautiful, but time consuming, and the actual photo I intend to colorize is much more complex. When I use the "colorize" option in the current GIMP without the plugin above, the effect is totally different than the above sites.
However, there is a quicker method, with sample, at: http://www.rfc1149.net/blog/2005/11/08/colorizing-a-black-and-white-phot... ; a click on the link to the "colorize plugin" states "Page not found" on GIMP Plugin Registry.
Another link in the same article goes to an abstract: http://www.cs.huji.ac.il/~yweiss/Colorization/ which shows some excellent examples of how this technique is done.
An associated site, http://zenthought.org/content/project/colorize-gimp has a download: colorize-gimp-20070930.tar.gz I searched this download on the GIMP site, but couldn't find it.

My question is, is the plugin credible, or not? I am leery of downloading it when it is not on your site. The ZenThought window does state the plugin is UNMAINTAINED ; can I assume that to mean that it may have been altered since the original design, so possibly questionable?
Thank you very much for your assistance! Kris

Look here: http://my.opera.com/area42/blog/gimp-colorize
(only linux - checked for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx § Gimp 2.6.11)

Thanks very much, MareroQ! Had to do a bit of research to understand your answer (-: Wish I could do, but adding another operating system for this would exceed the amt. of time to do it the old-fashioned way.

I tried this plug-in and couldn't find it showing up in the menus. I even installed libsuitesparse-3.1.0, followed the instructions, placed the binary in the appropriate folder, etc.

Using Ubuntu 10.04 and GIMP 2.6.11.

UPDATE: I had to install the development version of libsuitesparse because the metis version didn't load umfpack.h to usr/inlcudes/. The plug-in is working now. Sweetness!

Mahvin, I got it to work well for me on Debian Sid.

I used apt-get install -d to download the libsuitesparse libraries then extracted the *.so files to the .gimp-2.6/plug-ins/ folder as described, then re-ran apt-get without the -d flag to install the libraries on my system.

When I extracted the colorize plug-in, it was already set as executable, but you might double check that, to be sure. But I'd think that it should still show up on your colors->colorization, either way.

This looks like a handy tool. I'm looking forward to having some fun with it later.

My approach with this resulted in "file or directory not found" when attempting to "sudo apt-get install -d libsuitesparse". I tried several variations, including the exact file version names. As I stated above, when using Synaptic, it installed the files, but resulted in broken files in the library (they are noted with an x on the file icon). I've googled Ubuntu forums in hopes of finding similar cases to help remedy this.

I managed to install libsuitesparse by synaptic and colorize-gimp-20070930 using terminal (cd home\ ~ \colorize-gimp; sudo make; sudo make install) and transfer "colorize" to home/ ~ / .gimp-2.6/plug-ins

http://zenthought.org/sites/default/files/asset/2/colorize-gimp-20070930...

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I installed libsuitesparse by Synpatic as well, but the resulting files were broken in the user library. When I did a make on the colorize-gimp in terminal, it threw errors and stopped. The binary provided on the website did not work. Apparently, if compiling it myself, I am missing something, just not sure what. I'm fairly new to Linux/Ubuntu.

I tried to follow as above in ubuntu 10.04 the gimp-2.6.11 from the ppa (http://ppa.launchpad.net/nilarimogard/webupd8/ubuntu). it reported that gimptool is missing. Tried to install libgimp2.0-dev package, but ended up with a hell of dependency problem.

Installation of libgimp2.0-dev, which stopped with dependency problem of libgtk2.0-dev which further halted with libpango and a lot of dependency hell.

The situation is almost like what has been discussed in this thread: http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?topic=7361.0;wap2 :-(

Could other posters let me know from which repository they installed gimp-2.6.11 to make this plugin work? Thanks!

I tried to follow as above in ubuntu 10.04 the gimp-2.6.11 from the ppa (http://ppa.launchpad.net/nilarimogard/webupd8/ubuntu). it reported that gimptool is missing. Tried to install libgimp2.0-dev package, but ended up with a hell of dependency problem.

Installation of libgimp2.0-dev, which stopped with dependency problem of libgtk2.0-dev which further halted with libpango and a lot of dependency hell.

The situation is almost like what has been discussed in this thread: http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?topic=7361.0;wap2 :-(

Could other posters let me know from which repository they installed gimp-2.6.11 to make this plugin work? Thanks!

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