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Red all over
HroadhogD1, the first thing to do (well, after making a copy of the original) is to have a look at the channels.
You're lucky here that all three channels are in pretty good shape. The Blue ain't too wonderful but it'll do.
A quick way to get the colours back into the ball-park...
Add a Levels adjustment layer.
In the Levels, select each channel in turn and with the <Alt> key pressed adjust the black and white triangles inwards to a point where a few points of the image start to show up. (don't worry about anything outside the image or cracks)
Place an eye-dropper sample point on some representative point of the skin. I like to use LAB numbers, others prefer CMYK, others.....anyway. Examine your numbers at this point and, back in the Levels layer move the mid-pointer (gamma) on the channel that is out of line.
Now you're well on your way.
I also approached the image in the same way Ro did using levels. I darkened the Red channel by dragging the Shadow slider (Left triangle) toward the center. I did not touch the green as it looked close to Normal (the channel, not the image color), and I also darkened the Blue channel just like the Red one. From there you can fine tume the channels and end up with a similar result to Ro.
The other method I used is not one you don't want to try until you become a lot more proficient with Photoshop. But for other seasoned members who are interested:
- Apply levels adjustments as above to get a fairly dull image (skin too neutral).)
- iTake the image into LAB
- Blur the A & B (about 8)
- Shift the A or B channel to neutralize any color cast (the stones and sidewalk should be neutral). Unfortunately this also neutralizes much of the image which is now pretty dull.
- For you LAB-aholics, duplicate the image and apply the Man From Mars technique. If you choose your pivot points well, you will force the image into all four color quadrants bringout out copious amounts of red in the tie, face, trousers, shoes, yellows in the clothing an shrubs. Back off the capacity to taste.
In Paintshop Pro (some of the tool names will be different in Photoshop)
-Fade correction adjustment
-Then did a bit of color balance to remove a bit more magenta. --at this point it's 90% of the way there--all remaining steps are subtle adjustments.
-Two hue adjustments--pushed yellowish bushes more towards green and pushed the pinkish skin more towards yellow.
-Very light noise reduction
-High pass sharpen
Welcome to RP!
I also had a go at your picture .... Like Rô I started with the Levels but tweaked the Colour Channels only .... Since I don't work with numbers, I can't be as precise as he is .... But, After the Levels, I used a Selective Colors and a Color Balance Adjustment Layers until I was satisfied with the result.
If after these adjustment you can still see a light colour cast, you can always open either a Levels or a Curves Adjustment Layer, select the Set Grey Point Picker (the one in the middle) and on your image, click on a point you know should be grey ... like the pavement for example ...
I finished by cleaning scratches etc., improving Contrast and sharpness...
I followed the excellent advice above to adjust the levels. Then added a layer set to color and painted more color where I thought it needed some.
I added a ‘S’ curve to improve contrast and then sharpened.
Red All Over
CameraKen----Just what is was looking for. All you people have been alot of help! I will give it a try, and see what I can come up with. I hope to be able to be able to do what you have all showed me. If it takes me awhile, thats ok, I will learn as I go. Thanks again!
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