Thursday 3 December 2020

MyHeritage updates its photo colourisation tool

MyHeritage has enhanced its MyHeritage In Color[™] tool to give even more vibrant renditions of our favourite old family photos.

The original tool was launched earlier this year. Unless you were living under a rock at the time, you'll have heard of it, but just in case you're a rock hugger, you can learn about the arrival of this feature in my February blogpost, here.

It's certainly a neat addition to the family historian's box of tricks. I've been using it in the run-up to the festive season to produce calendars for loved ones with colorised versions of photos we've known for years in black-and-white only. It's lovely (and ever-so slightly disorienting) to see familiar images reveal details previously 'hidden' within the monochrome.

The new colourisation model of the tool is now the default on the MyHeritage site and has been named November 2020 to distinguish it from the original model, February 2020. There's more detail and examples in the company's blogpost here.

Here's an example pic from my morning's colourisation session showing a photo in its original b&w form next to the February 2020 enhancement; the November 2020 version is in front. It shows my mam with her brother, Paddy, at The Rocks, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, in the mid-1930s. (I've never previously asked my mam what she was holding. Now I'll have to. At first glance of the newly enhanced picture, it looks like a phone!)