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Old 01-17-2007, 04:44 PM
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Help with restoration please

This is only my second post and a newbie to restoring. Working through old post for tips and techniques, but there is so much to take in.

Below is a photo of my dad and my effort of restoring. I only used Photoshop as I do not have not any of the other tools/add ins I have read about in some posts.

I do not think the contrast is correct, his face is a bit pastey? and the dark part of the coat is not correct. Is this what silvering look likes?

Your comments/suggestion would be greatly appriciated and assist in my steep learning curve.

I am enjoying learning and now have the bug. It is so rewarding to see a dead photo come back to life and with the digital age live forever.

Thanks

Colan
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Old 01-17-2007, 04:57 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Hi Again

Another question, when in Photoshop I had my restored image on screen with only the red channel active which removed some damage and brightened the image. I save the image in this mode, but I see when I uploaded it above it has all channels active again.

I have tried again and it does the same. When I save in red only and then re-open all channels are active. Can I not save in one channel only?.

Thanks again

Colan
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:19 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

To save just the red channel do the following.

Make just the red channel active, now click on Image > Mode > Greyscale you will get a pop-up asking you whether you want to discard other channels, answer OK.

Now click on Image > Mode > RGBColor to convert it back to a RGB image (gives more options for possible later work).

Now Save As, and give it a new name. Close the original and reject any alterations made.

You should now have your original, and a copy which is based on just the red channel.
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:19 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Gary's way works very well, but once you chuck the other channels you may lose the details in them. You may want to try this method first...

What you need to do is add a Channel Mixer adjustment layer so that the red channel becomes your complete picture.

1. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Channel Mixer
2. Click OK
3. Click the box next to Monochrome and make sure the red channel is at 100% (you can play with these settings, try using different variations of all the channels to get the best result).
4. When done click OK.

The great thing is that this is completely reversible if you change your mind.
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Old 01-17-2007, 05:32 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Didn't say this was the best way to do things, just answered the question that was asked.

ie how can I save just the red channel.



If you have the red channel set at 100% in channel mixer, and the other channels set at 0% then you will have no more detail than you had using the method I described.

If you add any of the other channels, then you may gain in detail, but you will now have a situation which is not what the questioner asked.

(Removes Nit Picking Hat) sorry just being pedantic.

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Old 01-19-2007, 06:39 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Not often that I get to see the word pedantic! It's used in an old movie of the '40s. Bing Crosby used it.

Adjusted levels, corrected area that was dark on the cover. Cleaned up a bit of dust. Used Virtual Photographer; Classic B/W filter. Lastly, brightened the light in his eyes.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:38 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Hi

Garry and Kerry, thanks for both methods, tried both. Did not wish to cause a difference of opinion between members with my query.

Klassylady25, thanks for your image. had not heard of Virtual Photo before.
Downloaded it and it looks good. Will play with it to find out all it can do.

Thanks

Colan
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:56 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Klassylady, I really like your submission -- good overall work, and the grain effect from Virtual Photo tops it off very nicely.

Colan, this is a wonderful image to have of your dad, and I'm sure you're going to enjoy having it restored.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:56 AM
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Thank you Colan for sharing your father's photo and to you and CJ, Virtual Photographer is a great aid. I don't always use it but at times it adds to the photo. There are also many great filters that go with it so look for the additional ones as well, Colan.

Sleeting here in Oklahoma.... Brrr but good day to work.

Have a great one!

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Old 01-20-2007, 12:53 PM
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Re: Help with restoration please

Sleeting here in Arkansas as well. I agree with klassylady that it is a good day to stay indoors.

Here is my attempt. The picture actually wasn't in awful shape. It was fun to work on. Just a bit of cloning, healing brush and a run through Neat Image at the end.

Janet
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