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Old 10-11-2007, 01:08 AM
Lil Judd Lil Judd is offline
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Newbie How do I best fix/improve this shot.

After many years absence I'm getting back to my love for photography. This started at an early age. I was 9 years old when I bought my first camera. Bought with money I won on Bingo by myself. I bought a little Kodak Instamatic.

Anyhow, I've carried with me for almost 40 years a print from that camera of my first very much beloved dog Amulette. Well, tonight I've scanned it into the computer & needless to say - not only age, but mostly - has affected this most beloved photo. Now, I wish to restore it to a better state but I'm really very basic when it comes to retouching. And retouching is what I think I need to do as there's no repairs to be done.

I have CS3, but have not really gotten into in & maybe this is the shot with which I'll do so. Any way..... Where do I start, how do I start. This shot is very important to me & I'm almost crying just writing about it.

Shot can be downloaded at

http://members.dslextreme.com/users/...lette_0001.jpg

needless to say in jpg form, but I've also made it available as a TIFF here

http://members.dslextreme.com/users/...s/Amulette.tif

I've only visited a few times here, but hope to do so more. Can anyone help me here?

Thanks

Lil
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:31 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

Basically all I did was to take the image and adjust the red curve to restore a more realistic color representation. Then also duplicated the adjusted layer and set the blending mode to overlay with an opacity of about 20%.

Not perfect but it gets you going in the right direction.

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/e...esis/dog-1.jpg
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:41 PM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

Thanks for your help Blindv - I'll work from there.

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Old 10-11-2007, 08:49 PM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

This was a quick 2 minute fix. I neutralized the color cast using swampy's method (the greatest method EVER IMHO), quick levels adjustment then fixed the contrast using a curve layer. Regards,
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Old 10-12-2007, 12:43 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

The book "Photoshop restoration and retouching" from Katrin Eismann is what you need. There is a chapter in there on exactly this kind of images, where one of the color channels is severely damaged. I don't have the book here with me, and I never had an opportunity to try that technique, but when I get home I will look it up and post the result.

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Old 10-12-2007, 06:03 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

As mentioned previously, take a look at the channels. The red channel is the most affected. I used levels on each individual channel. Then I copied the layer to a new layer using screen blending mode.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:19 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

I also used Swampy's method of blur->average, invert and set blending to overlay, but did it several times before doing a final levels adjustment
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:27 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

I think you have to fix a little the red channel first, then use curves & at last separately boost some colors (i.e. red for the flower).
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:34 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

Here's my quick fix for you!

If you like it i'll do the tiff when i get time. PM your email and i'll send it to you?
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Last edited by mayday; 10-12-2007 at 11:08 AM.
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:00 AM
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Re: How do I best fix/improve this shot.

here's a color corrected tiff:

http://download.yousendit.com/5CB83A6707E9F44F

I applied some curves and then boosted the saturation a little.
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