Same to you too, Doug and Cathy.
Here’s my technique:
It was not the best but I hope you’ll find something useful.
1. Cloned/Copied foliage to cover card backing.
2. Used NeatImage on a duplicate layer, reduce opacity to 50%
3. Applied high amount of USM, mask fill with black. Brushed back sharpness on mask using white to various shades of gray.
a. White brush on eyes, nose, mouth & hair
Note: The image became blurry when scaled down to 750x750 jpeg file. I have to compensate by using a high amount of USM.4. Curve adjustment layer, no change in values, opacity 60%, blending mode multiply.
5. Curve adjustment layer, no change in values, opacity 80%, blending mode screen.
6. Curve adjustment layer, no change in values, opacity 35%, blending mode soft light. Applied black brush on the mask to cover background. This will “lift” the party from the background.
Note: Steps 4, 5 & 6 will add density and crispness to the image. I especially like these because there’s no need to spend time tinkering with values except the opacity. Effective on faded, blurry b/w image such as this one.7. Levels adjustment layer applied only on the men’s jackets and the lady’s dress on the left. Made it a little lighter.
Note: On the jpeg file, the darks lost some of the details. Otherwise, this one is not necessary for me.
8. Add sepia tone using hue/sat adj layer, opacity 80%. - To ensure coverage
9. Blank layer, blending mode color. Brushed on appropriate color.
a. For the bride’s gown, I chose off-white as the main color.
Note: Initially, the 3 brides maid, the wall, and the flower designs on the carpet have its own layer because I can’t decide on the color yet. For each I used solid color adjustment layer in blending mode color, this way I can easily change color at will. When I was satisfied with the colors, I merged everything in one layer. I still applied some colors to it after merging.10. Blank layer, blending mode luminosity
a. For the bride’s gown and veil, used white brush at 20% opacity. This will take out the dinginess/grays on the gown.Finishing Touches:
11. New layer fill with black, blending mode color dodge. With white soft brush at 2-8% opacity, brushed on the existing highlights to emphasize it.
a. Low opacity brush on the gowns, men’s jackets and on the "floozy".12. New Layer fill with white, blending mode color burn. With black soft brush at 2-8% opacity, brushed on the existing shadows to emphasize it.
a. Used lower opacity for the facial features and hair.
Note: Step 11 & 12 will add dimension and sharpness to the image.13. New layer fill with gray, blending mode overlay
a. Add noiseDon’t hesitate to ask for clarification. I'm very glad to share these with you.
1. After restoration
2. After colorization
3. After finishing touches
Thank you for the great, detailed description. I've printed it, and am following your techniques on the original photo as practice.
just got back home otherwise would have posted sooner!
no more vacations till fall now...
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