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Old 07-04-2008, 11:54 AM
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Re: How to start

Flora, what you've done with this is just beautiful...as usual.
It's always a joy to see your restorations.
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:11 PM
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Re: How to start

Thank you Flora, now I can see what can be done.
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I've worked on your picture and I'll post the explanation as soon as I've finished it...
I would really appreciate know just how you did it.
Thank you very much.
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:34 PM
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Hi Susan and everybody!

... It would be if you used the exact values shown in the Tut... Alas, even if the problem is similar, and even the colour cast is similar (not this case, though), each photo seems to have a 'life' of its own, that's why what works perfectly for one, can be totally wrong for another.

I've worked on your picture and I'll post the explanation as soon as I've finished it...
Great job!
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Old 07-05-2008, 03:39 AM
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Re: How to start

Susan, Nan, JD,

thank you for your feedback!!!
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So what I have done is mask a lot of different areas and put them on their own layers so that I can adjust them individually. Is this the right way to go?
Yes, Susan... this is exactly how I work... IMO, global correction is great for fixing 'global' problems, but, if you have different problems in different areas of an image, selective corrections are the way to go.

As you can see from my work flow snapshot (Attachment1), if you use Adjustment Layers, you don't always need to copy-paste your selections on their own layer... simply select and with your selection active, create a new Adjustment Layer ... (it reduces the file size drastically !!! )
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I'm getting to the stage where I'm going to have to replace some of the colors is the color replacement brush the best way to do this or is there a better way?
IMO, the only 'best way' is the way that gives the best result... Meaning ... I usually try everything (and I mean everything ) until I'm happy with the result. If colour is the problem, if I'm lucky, one single Adjustment Layer (Hue/Saturation; Selective Colors; Channel Mixer...you name it...) may be it, if not I just mix&match different methods. The ones I use first are:
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Selective Colors
  • Levels
  • Color Balance
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Also should I convert the areas to be recolored to black and white before recoloring?
I can't remember ever having to do that ... but, if the faded original colours (or colour cast) are too distracting .. then ... why not?

My first aims in this picture were to:
  • Minimize the strong Blue/Magenta Cast.
  • Try to bring back some of the original Colour
  • Remove/Minimize the edge of the Oval
As you can see from my work flow snapshot (Attachment1), I started with a global Selective Colors Adjustment Layer and here I tweaked nearly everything..

Since it would be incredibly long to write down the values I tweaked in all Adjustment Layers, I will upload my .PSD file where, starting from the background, you can see, step by step, all the changes I made (just click on the 'eye' left of each Adjustment Layer).

By double clicking on the Adjustment Layer 'icon' you will open its dialog box where you can see the values I changed. (please, remember to check all the fields of the Adjustment Layers together with their Blending Mode and Opacity.. )

Attachment 2 > the phases of my restoration

*The .PDS file can be downloaded from here*

If you still have questions... just yell ...
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:18 AM
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Re: How to start

This is great, your results are wonderful and now I have a plan to follow. Thank you very much for that, I'm going to print your post out and use it as a reference hopefully I'll get a decent result, I'll post it if I do.

Thanks again
Susan.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:15 PM
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Re: How to start

Flora,
Very nice result, and thank you for the guide. Your work is always remarkable !

Susan,
Be sure to post your results afterward. (This keeps a little pressure on you to complete it ).
Good luck !
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Old 07-06-2008, 01:38 AM
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Susan, TommyO,

thank you for your kind feedback!!!

Glad to be of help!!

P.S. did you manage to download the .PSD file without problems?
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Old 07-06-2008, 02:11 AM
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P.S. did you manage to download the .PSD file without problems?
No I wasn't able to open it.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:27 AM
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No I wasn't able to open it.
What Photoshop version are you using? I'm working with Photoshop CS3 and I had the option 'Maximize PSD And PSB File Compatibility' turned off... that's why, if you are working with a previous version of Photoshop, you couldn't open my .PSD file.

I re-uploaded the file saved with the option turned on... the file size has increased, but you should be able to open it now....

Could you, please let me know? Also could you let me know if you get any kind of warning from Photoshop? ... It would help me to know how to 'compatibly' save these files in the future.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:14 AM
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Re: How to start

I'm using CS2. I got a message "unknown data has been encountered reading "brightness/contrast 1" and will be discarded.".
Below is what I have been able to do following what you told me in your post.
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