That was really great! I couldn't believe you pulled the color back in like that. Congrats on a great job! I've actually seen, and admired, a lot of your work on these forums.
How did you manage to pull this all together? Which program do you use?
Even if the picture still looks like it's seen some wear, the amount of 'image' you've brought back is phenomenal.
I'm very glad you liked my restoration!!!
I use Photoshop CS2 ... and I'm afraid this picture will never look really good
I got out most of the details with a Shadow/Highlight Adjustment (only available from Photoshop CS onward)..
I corrected the contrast using Brightness/Contrast, overall first and on selected parts later.
I corrected the colours using Color balance
I filled the extremely faded areas in sky and street with Patch Tool and Healing Brush.
I selectively balanced, put colour back, emphasized parts of the picture using the 'Blank Layers Technique' described in this Tutorial
Finally I used USM to further increase contrast and to sharpen a bit.
If you use Photoshop as well, and would like more detailed explanations just let me know!
Sure, if you have the time to fill me in on what you did I can certainly dig up my copy of CS and install it. I would most certainly appreciate it!
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