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Old 08-26-2009, 02:24 AM
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Problems restoring this pic

Hi. Can anyone give me any advise on this pic. It has a lovely red streak across the middle which I have tried to put right for a friend. So far what little hair I have has been torn out.

Any ideas would be grateful.

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Old 08-26-2009, 09:56 AM
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Re: Problems restoring this pic

Mikicos, welcome to RetouchPro. Unfortunately you did not mention what kind of software you have available for the restoration, which makes it a little difficult to give you some advice. Meanwhile maybe you want to have a look here?
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:39 PM
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Re: Problems restoring this pic


Sorry I'm using Photoshop CS
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:14 AM
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Re: Problems restoring this pic

Try the channels.
As you can see the problem is on the red channel, so CTRL+A on the green channel to select it.Then Edit/Copy, click on the red channel an Edit/Paste Into.
You should see a great difference.
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:22 AM
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Re: Problems restoring this pic

Mikicos, welcome to Retouch Pro. To repair this image I would recommend the following:
1. Ctrl+J to duplicate the background
2. With the new layer now active go Image>Apply Image. Chose the Background as the Source Layer and choose Red as the channel. Leave blending to Normal and Opacity at 100%, click OK. The image will appear grayscale.
3. Change the blend mode of the layer from Normal to Luminosity. You will get your color back but the image will be too dark.
4. Add a Curves Adj Layer or just apply a curve to the top layer. Move the middle slider to the left to brighten the image (approx 1.40 should do it)

What you have done up to this point is evened out the tone of the whole image . The Red stripe has been made approx equal in tone to its surrounding background.
Your job now is to recolor everything that is under the red stripe.

To do this, add a new blank layer on top of the stack and set the blend mode to Color. Activate the Brush tool, set an appropriate size and low or no hardness. Hold down the alt key to sample a good adjacent color, then release the alt key and begin to paint over the red areas.

Good luck with the restoration.
Regards, Murray
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