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Old 09-21-2005, 09:15 AM
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Hi DARCgull,

had a quick play with your image.

Copied to new layer, (I always do this so I'm not working on original).

Desaturate layer.
Made loose selection round fingerprint, copied and pasted into new layer, adjust levels to get tone match.
New layer and clone out blemishes.
Merged Layers.
Applied levels to merged layer to improve contrast
New layer set to colour blend, sepia tint added, and adj opacity to taste.
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Old 09-21-2005, 01:18 PM
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Hi DARCgull. Welcome to RP.

If this picture is 120 years old. Then it MUST be Black and White or Sepia. Right?

But there is a lot of colour info in this picture?

Even the developer stain is red and this would normally be black (or white) in a B&W photo.

Can you give us some more info on this picture?

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Old 09-21-2005, 01:54 PM
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old image

Hey !! you folk are magic, I get a good nights sleep, and when I get up this morning, you people have been working all night to solve my problems. Now--that's dedication.
Seriously though, those alterations are really terrific and I guess your help sort of hooks me to this site now.
Legacy~art-- I down loaded and tried cast fx and it works a treat.
To Cameraken, this is a photo that a friend asked if I would have a try at restoring. She was happy with my result, but I wasn't.
It is a black and white image, scanned from print original, at 300dpi, in colour mode,(to give me more working options and re convert later).all other assistance off.
The "sepia tint was severe on the print, but not as much as what you see here.
What I have put up has only been reduced to 98k as required and I could only hope that it gave enough res. to work with.
To everyone else "(that worked through the night)" I love your attempts and I am going to have another go at emulating them as I page back ad forth to see what else is new here.
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:12 PM
Ken Fournelle Ken Fournelle is offline
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This is my methodology:

1. Duplicate the Background Layer
2. I looked at the channels and selected the Blue Channel which had the
least stain damage. Control+A, then Control+C
3. I returned to the Layers Palette and pasted the Blue Channel copy into
the Duplicated Background Layer, Control+V
4. This gave me a B&W copy at the top of the Layer stack
5. Levels Adjustment Layer
6. With the Magic Wand Tool, I selected the mountains in the background.
7. Curves Adjustment layer on the background mountains
8. Made an Empty Layer, Control+N, Softlight Blending Mode
9. Selected a soft Black or White Brush and painted over the picture
enhancing parts of the image at 10-20% opacity
10. Merge Visible, Shift+Alt+Control+E
11. Ran byRo's Brightness and Contrast Action
12. Flattened and Smart Sharpened.

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Old 09-21-2005, 06:41 PM
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Great work everybody, I was going to have a go a this but you guys already got it nailed!
Originally Posted by Cameraken
But there is a lot of colour info in this picture?
I thought so too. For me the field mid-left did come out yellow, just like you got here.
Though I do think that you overdid the greens a bit. Seems that it ended up more like a colour cast than the actual leaf/grass green. I also would have put a bit of Red in the house, just to get a bit more interesting.

Originally Posted by Ken Fournelle
11. Ran byRo's Brightness and Contrast Action
Thanks for the plug - the fiver's in the post.

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Old 09-21-2005, 07:37 PM
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A fiver? You won't get off that easy! :-)

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