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Old 03-22-2006, 08:59 AM
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light damage

is it possible to bring back some of the original colour, particularly the skin tones, in a sun bleeched image like the one attached? and if so, how?

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Old 03-22-2006, 12:15 PM
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Welcome to RP. This is a very quick example. I sampled a good skintone to make my foreground color the same. Back to the pic in question: made a blank layer, and chose "color" as the blending mode. Then I painted the face with that foreground color. By making a layer mask, you can then paint with black to "erase" any part you might have gone too far on. If you happen to erase too much, just paint on the same place with white. That will restore the skintone color. The same technique can be used for all other parts. It's probably better to make another blank layer for each color. If the color seems too strong, just reduce the opacity until happy. Good luck. If this is too far advanced, ask questions.

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Old 03-22-2006, 12:31 PM
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cheesie,

welcome to RP.

in some instances you can bring back color and restore. however, your image is too far gone to bring it back in a normal manner. the only option is to re-paint it. Ed_L has shown you one way. there are others. we've got some very good color restorers on here. perhaps another will drop in and show you some tricks.

in the meantime, i'd suggest a search on the forums here or try the tutorial section. there shld be some pretty good stuff there.

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Old 03-22-2006, 01:20 PM
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Light Damage

It seemed that just about all of the color was gone. So I desaturated it and then painted the color back in using blending mode of color. I also used the healing brush on some of the streaks.
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Old 03-22-2006, 02:41 PM
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As the others have already said, it looks like a paint job is needed.

Had a quick go to give you some idea. I'm not really much of a colourer, so you must forgive my crude attempt, the true artists here do it much better.
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:31 PM
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Hi Cheesie
Welcome to RetouchPro

I adjusted levels and increased the reds to eliminate the blue cast, But there was still not enough colour info so I coloured it as well.

Lightened the eyes and sharpened.

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Old 03-22-2006, 03:59 PM
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Doing it with curves

I believe this image has enough color to work with.

This correction used a three step process involving converting to Lab, the curvemeister plugin, and selective color. I used the brush to clean up a mask, some painting in color mode to get rid of yellow spots on the face, and a bit of healing brush.

I've included several numbered intermediate images, and the final image
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Old 03-22-2006, 06:36 PM
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Welcome aboard, curvemeister. You sure know how to make an entrance, don't you? I'd like to bet that if cheesie agreed to let you use the image, you could really write a nice tutorial if you were so inclined.

I checked out your site. What are the limitations of the demo?

Ed

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Old 03-22-2006, 06:57 PM
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LOL - thanks for the kind words, Ed.

I'm delighted to discover this site and hope to participate here actively. My general take is to use curves to extract the color, since I cannot duplicate the rather incredible painting skills of many of the others here.

The demo version of curvemeister does just about everything, and in fact I teach a class using it. It has all the functionality, and watermarks the image. Windows only.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:14 PM
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O.K. Thanks. I'm sure there will be downloads for it.

Ed
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