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Old 12-27-2004, 06:15 AM
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I guess I started on a simple one but I had to start somewhere as well.
Thirty year old pic of my daughter.
repaired color using levels and channels
Cloning and healing on the faded, damaged and dusty parts.
losts of work on the eyes.
softened skin using an action I wrote to simulate Carl Zeiss' softar filter.
Your thoughts are most welcome as I would like to be adding restoration services to the studio in the near future and need to know what I'm doing right and wrong.
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Els
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Old 12-27-2004, 08:54 AM
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Hi Els. Welcome aboard. You're soft filter action seems to give a nice effect. Photos like yours can be a bit of a challenge in that the flash causes large variations in the skin tone, parts seem too red others too yellow. My impression is that it has an overall red cast. Her prop is white and should be close to neutral. As well, I think the backdrop was probably white and with some light fall off, comes off a grey which again should be neutral. After neutralizing these I thought her skin was a bit high in cyan and tried to reduce a bit. I know it's a bit subjective but here's what I came up with.

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Old 12-27-2004, 09:12 AM
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Hey Duv,
Thanks for the welcome and the rendition. I like the results but for her hair color. Is there a way to achieve this and maintain the hair color from mine as it really is her natural color?
I have had a prob with the skin tones esp the purple cast on her upper left arm and the green on her right temple.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 12-27-2004, 09:33 AM
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I think the only way around it Els is with selective coloring. That's often the problem with color correction, you fix one area only to mess up another. A lot of people including Flora who's one of our best have a lot of success with Selective Colors under Layers: Adjustments. Let me know how it goes. By the way hope you had a nice Christmas.

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Old 12-27-2004, 10:20 AM
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Played around a little more. Made a rough selection of hair then used Color Range to select more precisely. Inverted and balanced background to about 188 R,G and B. Flattened image and changed to CMYK (because I haven't a clue how to balance skin tones in RGB) Cyan: 58% input/44% output Yellow: 54% input 58% output Black 62% input 48% output Flattened then back to RGB. Color sampled from right hand and painted in color mode 60% the left arm and hands. Sampled cheek and painted down from the temple on both sides of the face. Not sure if it's getting closer but here it is.

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Old 12-27-2004, 05:55 PM
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Both of you have done a good job, the only thing that really caught my eye as not being right is her eyes seem too white, might just be me, but it's the first thing I noticed.
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Old 12-27-2004, 07:04 PM
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Hi Els.

I thought I'd give this a try. The soft effect filter is nice, but the color was not looking natual.

I adjusted Levels for each RGB channel to manage the color, then did the same with Curves. Also used the color balance, and tried a bit of color replacement (lowered saturation, adjusted hue) to lower the intensity of the purple in her lips. Finally, went back to Curves and did a WP and BP adjustment.

Now it seem that her eyes are more green than blue! Is this possibly correct?

Regards,

mcmurma
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Old 12-27-2004, 08:57 PM
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Els a nice first try. I agree that the soft filter looks nice, but the whites of the eyes are too white to the point that they are obvious and make the eyes look flat. The key to a good retouching is making it difficult for anyone to tell what you did.

I gave it a quick go, just doing a bit of color correction. First I did a basic levels correction readjusting the black and white eye droppers. There was still a obvious color cast so I tried a selective color adjustment layer focusing on reducing the magenta color cast. I played around with most of the colors by just visual adjusting the sliders.
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Old 12-27-2004, 09:37 PM
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Here's what I came up with:
Levels on all channels
Replaced background
Color replace on lips
Unsharp 10/50 for contrast
Highpass on duplicate layer set at soften mode to sharpen
That's about it, might have adjusted variations a little?
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Old 12-27-2004, 09:46 PM
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my try

This child is such an adorable little girl, I couldn't resist trying to work on her picture as well.

I tried selective color with less than desired results and ended up using the old standby, hue/sat. When (at least on my monitor) she had lost the magenta cast, I saved the file and then ran it through Neat Image to clean it up just a bit before saving for the web.

Duv, your skin colors in the second post are the best. Good going.
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