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her daughter died of cancer (Help me)

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Old 07-12-2005, 07:31 PM
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her daughter died of cancer (Help me)

Hi All,

I haven't been around in a year and I wasn't a big poster before that so most of you won't know me, but I hope you'll help anyway.

Ok long story short. I've been working as a Notary and I went to this sweet, gentle old lady's house to sign some papers and up on the wall were tons of pictures of her and her descendants all the people reoccured several times except one -- I only saw one of this particular girl and the picture was sun faded or somehow altered the colors. I asker her about the picture and she said it was her daughter who had died from cancer. Now I knew why there was only one picture of her. Any way I offered to take the picture home and see if I could restore it for her. No charge to her just to see if I could do it. Well I hate to say I've been away from photoshop so long that I am a bit out of my depth here. I'm attaching the orignal scan and the adjustments I've been able to make but it's not good enough. her forehead is all washed out and I don't know where to go from here... so please help me. What am I missing. I didn't do anything fancy here just added a few adjustment layers in levels, curves and hue/sat.

http://othelaproperties.com/mrstomeydaughter.jpg
http://othelaproperties.com/mrstomey...r_adjusted.jpg

The banding just showed up in the jpg versions of this pic but isn't in my psd version.

So here I sit awaiting the brilliance of y'all.

Thanks in advance

Diane (the pixeltickler)
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Old 07-12-2005, 09:22 PM
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I must admit, I am not into restoration at all, but had to have a go at this one.

Here is mine, it's very basic, but will maybe help you.

What I did:

Adjusted the colors by using curves, using the neutral color picker somewhere in the background of the image.
Used a multiply layer to bring back the contrast to the picture.
And finally used a masked screen layer to lighten up the hair.

Maybe you like it that way but others can do better for sure!

Patrick
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Old 07-12-2005, 10:11 PM
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Thank you Patrick. You got much better tone in the face than I did. What do your numbers look like on your adjustment layers? Oh and for anyone else that wants to give this a whack, per her mother that shirt is yellow.

Thanks to all who assist. The gods will bless you in their own way!
Diane (the pixeltickler)
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Old 07-13-2005, 12:03 AM
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I made the assumption that the band around the picture was the actual tone and that the rest of the picture had a cyan cast. Basically, I applied a filter which was the opposite of cyan and adjusted. Added a bit of my own color to the eyes, not sure what the originals were like.

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Old 07-13-2005, 12:27 AM
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Thanks Dave,

Nope I think that outer band is supposed to be white. And her mom said her eyes were hazel. But awsome anyway.

Diane
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Old 07-13-2005, 01:56 AM
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Here I just set the black and white points on a curves adjustment. There was still a slight cyan cast so I raised red channel brightness to compensate.
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Old 07-13-2005, 02:36 AM
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Hi Diane, Had to have a go with this one.
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Old 07-13-2005, 06:03 AM
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Hi everybody,

Diane,

I also had to have a go ...
What realaqu said about having friends like you ...

I tried to change as little as possible to keep the picture as this Lady has seen it and got used to all this time .... I have removed the white border ... but it would be no problem at all to 'put it back' ....

Take care
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:40 AM
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Heph, Realaqu, Gary and Flora,



You guys ar all awe inspiring to me! Thank you so much for your takes.

Heph I did that too except the part about removing the Cyan cast with the red channel boost; how does one do that exactly?

Realaqu, Gary Flora! WOW!!! but a little description on what you did would help me recreate it, pretty pleaaaasssse.

Flora how did you get such amazing skin tone specifically. And her hair is perfect what did you do? I repeat you are amazing, but I wanna learn to

Gary you got the background and around the edge perfect. what did you do? I don't see and of the odd colour anomalies I was having. Teach me oh sage ones.

Thank you all so much for your help! I am truly humbled when I come here.

Diane
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Old 07-13-2005, 03:49 PM
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Inspired by Floria's amazing work

I started this project from the very begining, somebody could give me a hand to improve my work. thanks

realaqu
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