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Old 04-06-2008, 03:11 PM
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Help! Make the color newer and crisper

Hi everyone. This is my first post and i was just wondering what anyone would do with this picture. It is a little ripped but the places were able to remain down for this scan. I saved the file at 58% quality and it was 833 x 555 pixels.

I just need some help to know what to do next. I haven't attempted to do anything with the picture. I am using Photoshop 7.0. Any advice is welcome. thanks.
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:20 PM
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Re: Help! Make the color newer and crisper

I used this tutorial "Restoring an old photograph" by cameraken. It has become the starting point for most of my projects.

I added an additional "color layer" and grabbing a nearby "correct" color painted over all the stains

(I only removed the dust N scratches from man and boy and did a very quick painting job for Demo purposes, maybe 10 min on this picture)
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:31 PM
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Re: Help! Make the color newer and crisper

I used a selective color adjustment layer to remove the yellow, plus channel mixer and levels adjustment layers. As you can see I cropped it down and did just a little bit of clean up work.
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Old 04-06-2008, 11:03 PM
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Thank you all. They look a lot better than the original. I read that tutorial and it helped me a little, but i wasn't able to remove the yellow. Great job guys.
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Old 04-09-2008, 02:00 PM
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Re: Help! Make the color newer and crisper

I took a couple of steps, with a bit of manual painting (masking):

1. Curves layer to neutralize the overall color cast. I used the white wall behind them as the reference. That cleaned a lot up, but still left a magenta cast to the skin.
2. Curves layer to correct the skin, and then masked out everything but the faces. I prefer avoiding this, but it seemed reasonable for this image. That left the colors mostly OK, but dull.
3. Converted a copy to LAB mode, and boosted A and B channels' saturation. (Levels, moved the endpoints from 0/255 to 30/225 in both A and B.) Moved L endpoints in slightly. That got me more saturation without the usual Hue/Saturation boosting problems. Converted back to RGB.
4. Brought copy back in to original as a new layer. Adjusted opacity to taste.
5. Hue/Saturation layer to rotate magentas around the colorwheel. That got the fence back to wood color, and adjusted the shirts as well.

It's still somewhat faded, but it's not unduly garish, and seems ready to start retouching.
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Old 04-09-2008, 05:43 PM
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Re: Help! Make the color newer and crisper

This is a good one. I tried and wasn't able to remove the yellow. How do you paint over the yellow. I set a new layer, but then wasn't able to paint over it. How do you do it? This is what i have so far.
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:15 PM
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Re: Help! Make the color newer and crisper

To paint over stains
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