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Old 03-11-2005, 12:12 PM
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I am attempting to restore a honeymoon photo of my parents. The photo was taken in 1964, and enlarged to a 8x10. I have the framed 8x10, and a 3x3 photo. The 3x3 still has the correct colors. I have flatbed scans of both photos.

Is there any process to apply the color scheme of the 3x3 photo to the 8x10? Apply Image won't work due to the difference in size.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:52 PM
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Hi Sanderle, welcome to RP. Can you try posting your pictures, as it would help us to assess the problem and possibly come up with a solution.
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Old 03-11-2005, 02:24 PM
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Here are my photos:

good (3x3 print)
bad (8x10 print)
bad color matched ( color matched with good, neutralize)
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File Type: jpg BAD.jpg (63.1 KB, 55 views)
File Type: jpg good.jpg (42.6 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg BAD color matched.jpg (78.0 KB, 42 views)

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Old 03-11-2005, 04:53 PM
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I think your 8x10 is pretty close, I would add a touch more green overall to get rid of the magenta cast.

The "good" 3x3 is really cyan, probably due to prolonged exposure to light. I would not think that is what it looked like when it was first printed.
But I have run into those customers at work who are so used to looking at a photo in its faded state , they do not think the corrected work "looks right"

All said and done I think your 8x10 is closest to the mark where the colour is concerned.
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:10 PM
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Hi Sanderle, Since you are satisfied with the colours on the 3x3, I simply copied it and pasted it to a layer above the 10" picture. Then I used the Free transform tool to fit the image to the larger image. Finally set blend mode of transformed 3x3 layer to colour.

Now you have the detail of the larger image, and the colour of the 3x3.

The colour will not be quite as detailed, but the eye is more tuned to variations in brilliance than colour, so it should not be too noticeable.

I have not attempted any other corrections, you could possibly tweak curves a touch.
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File Type: jpg BAD corrected.jpg (84.2 KB, 15 views)
File Type: jpg BAD.jpg (63.1 KB, 12 views)
File Type: jpg good.jpg (42.6 KB, 26 views)

Last edited by Gary Richardson; 03-12-2005 at 01:55 AM. Reason: modified description for clarity
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Old 03-11-2005, 11:21 PM
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I can't see how the 8x10 is the correct color. That is the scan from a faded print. There is about a quarter of an inch all the way around the print that was covered with a mat. The colors in that area most closely match those of the 3.3 scan.
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:49 AM
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I've added your original 8x10, and 3x3, to my earlier post, so you can see them side by side, and see that the corrected version does have the colour from your 3x3 version. If needed, you can do a hue/sat adj layer to further boost colour intensity.

I've modified the description on my earlier post, hope it clarifies what I did.

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Old 03-12-2005, 10:50 AM
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Good by Gary

I downloaded Gary's picture "good" and placed a levels adjustment layer on it. Using the option (alt) key to find the black point. That resulted in too much contrast so I reduced the opacity of that layer to 71%. Black Specks are noted but not corrected.
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:05 PM
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Hi sanderle,

Welcome to RP!

After trying different methods, I did exactly what Gary did:
  • Open your Good and Bad pictures.

  • Dragged your smaller Good picture on top of the bigger Bad one and set the blending to 'Difference'. (It looks kind of weird ... nearly black whit lighter forms all over)

  • Used the 'Free transform Tool' to modify the top Good Picture Layer until the image was practically only black ... (That's when top and underlying Layers are nearly perfectly aligned!!)

  • I changed the top layer blending to Color

  • Used USM to improve contrast and sharpness.

I'm posting the B&A of your BAD picture ....

Gary,

Great Job!!!!
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Old 03-12-2005, 05:58 PM
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Thanks Flora. Wish I'd thought of using Difference, it would of saved me some time with the transform stage. Will definitely not forget it in future.
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