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Old 07-28-2005, 07:04 AM
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Flora,

Your sepia tone is exactly the touch I am looking for in several of my b/w projects. Can you please describe generally how you did this?

Thanks, Steve
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:26 AM
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Thank you Caitlin .... You are a lifesaver! The program works like a charm. I can now get those scans opened at the higher resolution. The baby picture went from 14.1 kb in size to 597 kb. A much better size to work with. When I was home this summer I had scanned a lot of pictures and was disappointed when I got home and ps would not open them.

Now to get them all converted over to a jpeg format and then start restoring them.

Thanks again,

Ladyred
I'm really glad it worked! It's great when a little bit of information that you read somewhere filters through, and actually helps someone.
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Old 07-28-2005, 01:57 PM
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Alright Flora- Details, Details! How did you get it so clear? You have some wonderful skills! I wish I was half the restorer that you are. Your an inspiration! No, really. How did you do it? Did you use the original background?

~Amber~
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Old 07-28-2005, 08:08 PM
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Hi Steve,

working with PS, to achieve that effect, I did the following:
  1. Created a Levels Adjustment Layer and strongly increased the contrast to create a mask...

  2. With the Levels AL still visible, I pressed Ctrl+Alt+~ to select the luminosity and then Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection .... now my shadows were selected ...

  3. With the selection active, I deleted the Levels AL and created a Hue&Saturation Adjustment Layer ... I checked the 'Colorize' box ...

  4. ...and the values are in Attachment 1

Hi Amber,

thank you so much for your great feedback!

...and I wish I was half the retoucher you are !!!

Yes I used the original background and here ...'Ze Details' ...
  1. I used the Curves to add consistency and tone to the image. (Attachment 2). (please... don't ask me for numbers ... all I do is 'eyeballing' and moving sliders...)

  2. I used the Healing brush, alternating between Replace and Normal Modes, to remove the scratches...

  3. I used Noise>Dust&Scratches on the background ... when working with D&S, I increase the Radius until all blemishes have disappeared, then I increase the Threshold until I get nearly all the texture back but stopping before the reapparence of the blemishes (Attachment 3).

  4. When the image was nice and clean, I used a Brightness/Contrast AL to increase the contrast a bit. (Attachment 4)

  5. Used USM to lightly sharpen (can't remember the values for it ... but it should be 'soft')

  6. Colorized the shadows as explained for Steve.

  7. Created a rectangular dark grey vignette (feather 30-40pixels Radius) around the borders to make the baby 'pop' out more ...

.... and that's it ....
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:30 PM
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Wow Flora! Thanks for the info! I will def have to give it another shot now! Thanks for the compliment too.. especially from you!

~Amber~
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:48 AM
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Thanks Flora, great info.
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