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Old 04-03-2006, 11:14 AM
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Smile Help please with this faded photo

Hi guys
I am very, very new to doing anything to photos - apart from pointing the camera! I would dearly love to preserve this treasured photo but, as you can see, it has been in the sun for too long and, although I have tried my best, I have not been able to get much colour back into it. I would appreciate any help you can give me - along with very clear instructions please! Thanks in advance Pamela Bill
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:19 PM
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hi pambill,

here's my attempt -- i'm a beginner, but had a lot of fun with this photo; what a beautiful family!!!

i first did a curves and hue adjustment and then masks for color. just playaround -- this was a fairly quick try at it -- as long as you save the original, you can never go wrong. i didn't touch the background.

Marsha
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:58 PM
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Looks like there are some twins! :-)

The photo has obviously been in a frame, so I cropped it to the frame area designated by the discoloration.

A couple H/S/L adjustments, and levels.
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Old 04-03-2006, 03:01 PM
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Well thanks Marsha for taking the time - you have made a better job of it than I did. I think I am frightened of it. I will have a try at what you suggest -thanks Pam
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Old 04-03-2006, 03:21 PM
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Thank you too Swampy for replying to my post. All the information I am getting is really appreciated. I will try what you suggest too - Pam
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:20 PM
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Hi Pamela
Welcome to RetouchPro.

Your picture is sun faded but the edges are still OK.


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along with very clear instructions please!
OK. This is what I did.

1) Select the faded area
2) Add a Levels Adjustment Layer
3) Key in these Numbers

RGB. 58 1.11 255
Red 15 1.19 232
Green 29 0.49 238
Blue 63 0.70 228

This gets the centre and right border close

After that I went on to adjust the borders to match the centre and painted and cloned to match.
Layers set to colour to paint out some of the colour casts.

Hope this helps.

Ken
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:40 PM
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wow CameraKen that looks like new - thank you so much. I will try and do all that you have said. I didn't realise how bad the photo was until I took it out the frame to clean the glass. I hope I can get it as good as you did. It's the only photo I have of my mother and all her grandchildren (they're not all mine!) If I can get it as good as yours I will make a copy! thanks again Pam
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:36 PM
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One more attempt although not a great one. It all ended up looking quite cold. Best I could do. Lots of very random level, color and curve adjustments that I lost track of I'm afraid.
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Old 04-03-2006, 06:08 PM
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My attempt

I used the crop tool on the faded portion.
I then did a levels adjustment and color balance (I played around with all the sliders until I thought it looked good).
I then adjusted contrast and brightness.
I am a novice at this and thank you for the "practice" image.

Rich
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:08 AM
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Faded fun

I tried several methods. The method that seemed to give the best color is what I've posted. The bad news is that the result is pixelated.

I cropped the photo to remove the "more normal edges."
I converted to CYMK. Skin color lacked magenta. Yellow Channel very pixelated.
I used apply image. Target Magenta and Source Yellow Channel.

That seemed to give a nice color balance which I then treated with levels.

Ken's method of using levels to each channel gives a much better result as far as pixelation goes I might add.

My method was just another approach to the problem.
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