I had a go too...
1) Used a Levels Adjustment Layer to balance shadows and highlights (Attachment 2)
2) Merged Visible and replaced the Blue Channel with the Green Channel:
* go to the Channels Palette,
* Click on (activate) the Green Channel and press Ctrl+A to select it and Ctrl+C to copy it...
* Now, click on the Blue Channel and press Ctrl+V to paste the copied Green Channel on it...
This procedure will remove the strong blue colour cast and strongly improve the colour spots [which you'll have to completely eliminate otherwise.. (healing brush, clone tool, etc.)]..... but, in my opinion, it doesn't really do anything for the skin colour which remains a 'greysh/bluish' magenta.... (Attachment 3)
3) to improve the skin colour I added a Color Balance Adjustment Layer and set its blending to 'Color' ...(values in Attachment 4, result in (Attachment 5)
After this it's a matter of how much or how little you want to do to finish your restoration...
The values in the attachments worked for the size and resolution of the image you posted...if you work on different size and resolution, you might have to tweak them...
Hope this helps...
How to remove stains or spots from a photo
I would like to thank Gary and Flora for their time and patient on explaining to me on how to remove those spots and stains from this photo. Gary, I followed your instructions and it worked excellent, on the other hand, I also followed Flora instructions and it also worked excellent.
Flora how did you clean the faces so smooth? The reason for asking is that sometimes when I use the clone tool, I tend to loose the definition of the person face I'm working on. Without help from everyone, we beginners would be lost. I thank everyone on their input.
Gerald W. McClaren
You're welcome Gerald, glad I could help a little.
Flora as usual comes up with a slight tweak which makes all the difference. When I adjusted with colour balance I just did the mid tones, whereas adjusting highlights and shadows as well gave a better result.
How to remove stains or spots from a photo
Hi: Flora, I had repeated your method and the ugly blue overcast and black spots disappear from the photo. First, I had noticed that the gentleman, face and suit still had some red sport all over them. The lady still had some red spots over her face. Second, I had noticed that in your demonstration that you had used three color balance for the midtones, shadows, and highlights. Third, In the layer pallette, I saw only one color balance. Were there two more color balance that were hidden? Last, how did you remove the rest of the red spots from the faces and jacket of the photo.
I started with the midtone, I adjusted the CYAN-RED, clicked on shadow and adjusted the MAGENTA-GREEN, clicked on highlights and adjusted the YELLOW-BLUE. I clicked on OK to complete the color balance adjustment on the photo. I was using that method for a long time on all of my photos. I had noticed that you had used three color balance on the midtones, shadows, and highlights. Please tell me if I was using the color balance incorrectly.
Last edited by Gerald McClaren; 07-06-2006 at 11:21 PM. Reason: more info
thank you so much for your kindness!!! ...
thanks for your kind words too
First, I minimized dust and scratches (Attachment 1) this way:
1) After the Color Balance Adjustment Layer, I merged visible* and duplicated the merged layer.
(*) Merge Visible:
Keeping the Alt key pressed, open your Layers Palette's Menu and, click on 'Merge Visible'.
A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers ....
This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration from your advanced point... without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....
2) Working on the merged duplicate, I used Filter>Noise>Dust&Scratches (Attachment 2)... The image looks really bad now, but we'll fix that ...
3) I added a 'black' layer mask to the Dust&Scratches Layer as shown in Attachment 3
4) I clicked on the black mask to make sure I was working on it and not the image... I selected a very fuzzy white brush (adjusted size and Opacity when necessary) and, very carefully, I painted over the spots, dust and scratches steering well away from nose/nostrils, eyes and mouth to not lose definition in those vital features ...
See how much better and smoother the skin looks after this procedure... actually some of the wrong colour spots have also already been eliminated!
Before and After Dust&Scratches in (Attachment 4)
5) Created a new blank/empty Layer, changed its Blending to Color and, using a fuzzy brush, I sampled good colour and fixed the remaining 'bad' colour spots as shown and explained in (Attachment 5)
.... Reached the 5 attachments per post limit, so, I have to continue in my next post...
Continuing from above...
... In Attachment 1 you can see my colour correction on the inside of the glass using this method .... A bit overdone, but I wanted the difference to be very clear .... I used this method to correct the discolorations on faces, hair, jacket etc. as well...
For this example I used a Brush Opacity of 60%, but, usually, I start with 25/30% Opacity and gradually add/correct the colour with different passes...
6) After the colour correction, I run the picture through Neat Image to minimize the remaining noise ... (Attachment 2)
... and in Attachment 3 you can see the before and after ... the spots, colour or otherwise are gone, the skin is nice and smooth, and no loss of definition...
Hope this helps..
I remember doing lots of these. They were very popular in the seventies. We usually did them on Cibachrome paper by combining two slides. They were quite tricky to do but were very popular with a bride and groom.
Great job everyone, and great explanation Flora
I tried a different way; I Did use the Red channel.
Rotated to straighten
Image > Apply Image to replace blue channel with Red
Hue/Sat to correct colours
Degrunged the faces
Added back the missing glass rim
Duplicated layer set to overlay (Selective)
Blank Layers set to
Re: How to remove stains or spots from a photo
I think there is only one real stain in this photo, and that's a big blue one. The stains you notice are probably 'holes' in the blue stain. The attached picture shows the result of using the color deconvolution plug-in to remove the blue stain from the photo. After that some overall color correction. I did not use any brush, mask, selection or noise filtering. You can get the color deconvolution plug-in at 4N6site.com.
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