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Old 10-08-2007, 10:45 AM
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Re: Help with a Sundamaged scene, discolored little boy

I thought I had a pretty good version, and was working on the 'recipe' to get there. After seeing Flora's, I gave up on it all. FanTAStic job, Flora!

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Old 10-08-2007, 07:05 PM
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Re: Help with a Sundamaged scene, discolored little boy

Somehow I never got back to this one until now. Excellent job Flora! As usual in Photoshop, there are always more than one way to approach a problem.
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Old 10-08-2007, 10:57 PM
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Re: Help with a Sundamaged scene, discolored little boy

Levels adjustments, cloning and curves. Also airbrushed boys striped gown.
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Old 10-09-2007, 02:23 AM
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Re: Help with a Sundamaged scene, discolored little boy

Here is my finished (?) product. Can someone explain to me what Curves are in Photoshop and what they're used for in terms of photo-restoration? I too cropped the image so that I would not have to deal with the less faded borders. I isolated the boy's skin, mouth, and eyes individually and made levels adjustments to their layers and hue/saturation layers also. I cloned out all the mistakes in the backdrop and attempted to match the whole image's color scheme using the "blue wall" that was unfaded as a guide (in a separate color reference file). I figured, if I can get those two blues to look alike, maybe all the other colors would be indicative of what the image used to look like. What do you guys think? CS3 is truly awesome, I didn't know much about restoration before visiting this site and now I feel almost competent!

Here are my results:
Thank you Flora, Dave.Cox, unimatrix, Lurch, cassidy, LittleCoo, and albatrosss. Is there anything else I should do to this pic?
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:07 AM
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Re: Help with a Sundamaged scene, discolored little boy

Hi Marcus

Welcome to Retouch Pro

Here are my two attempts.

The first was the difficult one where I matched the faded area to the borders

The second one was much easier (and as already mentioned, gives a much better image)

Run Image > Adjust > Equalize in the Red Channel
Run Image > Adjust > Equalize in the Green Channel
Run Image > Adjust > Equalize in the Blue Channel
Dupe the results and set blending mode to multiply (applied selectively)
Crop as Required
And with a little bit of tweaking gives a pretty acceptable result.

I also removed the sign behind him.

Ken
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Old 10-09-2007, 07:59 AM
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Can someone explain to me what Curves are in Photoshop and what they're used for in terms of photo-restoration?
Curves are adjustments much like the level adjustments, except much more powerful. With level adjustments, you can adjust white and black slider, and also the midpoint slider. This basicall defines a ramp, that photoshop uses to make the adjustment. The 3 sliders are the beginning, end and 50% point on the ramp. With curves, not only can you access these 3 points, but every other point on the ramp. This gives you much more control over the adjustment.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:38 PM
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Re: Help with a Sundamaged scene, discolored little boy

Hi,

Marcus, lurch, Dave,

Thank you so much for your kindness!!!

Marcus,

I think you did a pretty good job with this picture!

You might try to add tone and definition and 3D feeling to the boy's face ... (Attachment 1).

Working on your finished product, (hope you don't mind..) I simply used a Levels Adjustment Layer for that... (values in Attachment 2)

After seeing your work I don't think you really need my 'how to' ... but, as Dave pointed out,
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in Photoshop, there are always more than one way to approach a problem.
.. so.. here is what I did:
  • First I minimized the cyan/green cast using a Levels Adjustment Layer to set the Grey Point in an area that, IMO, should have been 'neutral' (Attachment 3)
  • Merged Visible (**)
  • Used Image>Adjustment>Shadow/Highlight (available from Photoshop CS onwards) to bring back Details in the faded lighter areas. I used a Layer Mask to 'protect' the original darker areas. (Attachment 4)

From this point I worked on selected areas:

*Whenever possible I always work with Adjustment Layers.*

FACE AND HANDS
  • Levels or Curves to improve contrast, tone and/or definition.
  • Selective Colors, Hue/Saturation to improve/fix colours
  • Blur Tool (20% Strength) to smooth out skin in smaller areas.
BACKGROUND HUT
  • Basically the same as for Face and Hands.
  • Blank Layers set to: Lighten, Darken, Color, Soft Light

    For this I use 'my' Blank Layer set to... technique (tutorial here ... just scroll down the page to BLANK/EMPTY LAYERS SET TO....)
CLOTHING
  • Exactly the same as described above...

    For the stripes, I 'cheated' ... ... during the restoration work, most of the time I thought the stripes were only blue/cyan... but at a certain point I saw something reddish as well ... that's when I decided to use both colours. I used A blank Layer set to Color and with a soft Brush (30-50% Opacity) I carefully painted over the stripes.

(**) Merge Visible:
Keeping the Alt key pressed, open your Layers Palette's Menu and, click on 'Merge Visible'.

A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers ....

This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration from your advanced point... without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....
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As for the Curves
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Can someone explain to me what Curves are in Photoshop and what they're used for in terms of photo-restoration?
... in addition to what Dave said, quoting from the Gurusnetwork this is what they are used for

* Adjust the over-all contrast or tonal range
* Adjust the LOCAL contrast or tonal range
* Adjust the COLOR

and here is an excellent Tutorial on "Introduction to the Curves Command".

Hope this helps....
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