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Old 05-25-2006, 08:25 AM
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At the beach

I'm uploading the original of this photo. I've been working at it trying to restore it to original coloring but I'm not having much luck. Either I get the contrast right so the photo doesn't look so flat (but the color is horrid) or I get the color (somewhat) right but the photo looks flat. Any suggestions would be great, thank you. (This photo was taken in 1948)
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:00 AM
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Hi There

I could not bring back the color even as well. So I picked the best channel and started from there. I cloned the beach where needed then used gradient maps to add a little color. I did not spend a great deal of time and did very little clean up of scratches and such. Depending on what you want you could add a new sky and even some trees on the hillside to cover a lot of damage.

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Old 05-25-2006, 03:02 PM
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Butch, awesome job!!
Regards, Murray
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Old 05-25-2006, 03:15 PM
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Beach Photo

I stayed in RGB initially and did levels on each channel individually. Next I made a rectangular selection of the sky and used selective color (whites) and blued up the sky some. I decided the clouds on the right where dark gray and left them be.

I then went into lab and fiddled with the water color and used masks.

I used neat image and also the healing brush some. I did not clone in tree tops or clouds as you can readily see.
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Old 05-26-2006, 06:02 AM
kilcan kilcan is offline
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Oh thank you so very much for your efforts. Sometimes it just helps to *know* that you can achieve an effect if you play with it enough. I was definetly able to achieve better results after seeing these. Thank you again.
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