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Old 02-05-2007, 12:13 AM
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Early Stage Color Correction

Here is the original of a picture, a cleaned up version and a version with a start towards color correction. I used Levels > Auto to get this results. I don't know what to do next. I've played around with all the tools but none seem to be taking me in the right direction. Thanks for your help.

Sylvia
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:42 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

Okay. Slight improvement using Cloning to get some of the green off the TV screen and Auto Contrast.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:58 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

In cases like this, I usually do a little hand colouring to even out some of the "blotchiness", in this case just the walls and TV.

The woman's skin looked a touch blue to me, so added a little yellow.
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:06 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

JUst looks at the colour cast.
You could try this:-
Use the eye dropper to select the orange cast on the wall is a good place.
Create a blank layer and fill with foreground colour (the one you selected)
Invert this layer (Image\Adjustments\Invert)
Change blending mode to colour
Reduce opacity of this layer to suit your tastes.

This is only a start there is lots more to do on this but you have made a good start.

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Old 02-05-2007, 11:37 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

Gary, what you've done is very nice. You've smoothed out the background into mainly one color. Did you do this by painting it on?

Peter,

I tried your technique with 2 different versions to see what it would produce. One is with the unadjusted Orange cast. The other is with the levels and contrast adjustments. One produced colors that were similar to what Gary brought out in the picture with the blueish wall and yellow baseboard. It did take away some of the splotchiness and florescent colors of the picture but it also made the picture look like it had a film over the image. Here are the results.

Thank you,
Sylvia

PS I'm having trouble uploading these small .jpg images so they may not post with this post.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:49 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

hi sylvia,

brightness/contrast adj layer
channel mixer
clone and airbrush
color balance adj layer
clarify
usm
fade correction
jpeg artifact remover
digital camera noise removal

that's not the exact order but most was done before the cloning and airbrushing.

the airbrushing was mostly done on individual blank layers and then gausian blurred, followed by erasing around the edges.

i dont use 'fade correction' very often, but it worked wonders on this one.
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Old 02-06-2007, 01:13 AM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

Sylvia,

Craig's use of noise removal got me to trying it to solve the jpg artifacting and whatever else is wrong with the background area of this photo (I wonder if they ever did faux paint finishes way back then or flocked wallpaper...). If you select "Jo" (and the paintings on the wall ) and use noise removal (or blur/median etc.) on the wall/background, it's probably a quick way to deal with it rather than painting over the wall etc. The noise removal or blurring doesn't remove the color, but using the selection of the lady to protect her skin color/dress color (which look pretty good), you can use a Hue/Sat adjustment layer to decrease the saturation of Yellows/Reds/Cyans/Magentas and leave the background sort of grayish paint -- then you can paint over areas if you want. The removal of those colors didn't really affect the furniture much.

I've attached a mask (just did a quick mask over her -- there's not much contrast between her and background to make a channel mask (that's for next week, anyway - ) and the end result starting from your image after you did the Levels adjustment.
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Old 02-06-2007, 12:55 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

well, if i were doing this again, i'd work from the original. i took sylvia's middle picture and worked with that on mine. but i noticed today that there is a second wall in the original, a corner. so, it looks like we all worked with the middle picture

yes, cj, i thought about masking the woman too. certainly makes some things easier. i often mask off the major portions/objects in an image like this and work on them separately.

and sylvia, your original cleanup needs some work yet, before the color balancing. the table legs arent done. the baseboard needs work and you removed the corner in the room. you've got a good start, for the most part; it just needs to be finished.
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Old 02-06-2007, 10:34 PM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

Thank you, Craig. I got sort of creative with the clean-up. I couldn't figure out what was going on with the floor or the TV table. I decided to just clone the rug to cover the area under the TV table. Then the TV table had intense shadows. .......... so much so that the shadow looked like an additional table. And I had to get oriented with which table leg belonged to which corner. I also thought it was interesting that the TV table became completely black after the Auto>Levels and Auto>Contrast.

C.J. you did an amazing job with her dress. It looks realistic and like it must have looked on the day it was worn. So you did a mask over the woman. Did you work with the woman and the wall separately as Craig mentioned. After you created the mask, what did you do to get this results.

Also, I've noticed a term coming up that I haven't heard before........artifacting. Could that possibly be the florescent look or the multi-colored red, green, blue, and yellow tones in the wall?
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:47 AM
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Re: Early Stage Color Correction

hi sylvia,

i took a look at the original pretty closely and have marked some areas with color.

i think you're right about the area under the tv table (black). it's not a shadow and it's not part of the table, as far as i can tell. so, i'd say you were right in treating it as not part of the original.

if you look real closely at the table leg, front, left, you can see where the real leg is. and, i do believe the other part (red) is shadow. it's consistent with the other shadowing in the picture.

the part in blue, at first look, didnt look like shadow to me. there was damage on the table front that looked exactly like the part under the front edge of the table. but, on looking at it again, i'd say it probably is shadow, or at least most of it.

the green circled areas on her dress seem to be not of the dress. i believe these area result of compression/scanning/or some other process that does 8x8 pixel blocks. those areas circled look like some sort of averaging result that came out somewhat poorly. (you wont see the blocks on my image due to resizing, but you can see them in the original).

the cyan circling shows a necklace. easy to miss at first glance.

and the yellow in the corner is 'something', but i've no idea what and i'd probably just remove it.
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