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Old 02-10-2007, 10:02 PM
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Faded Photo, mostly red channel

This photo of my daughter has faded badly in the red channel. Is there any hope of bringing back realistic color to the skin tones and hair? So far everything I've tried, while an improvement, is not very good. Or is it too far gone and grayscale is the way to go?

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Old 02-10-2007, 10:40 PM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

Ted, I think you've done a great job with the photo. Your daughter is very beautiful. I combined both of your images. I masked back in the red at varying opacities for the shirt, lips and cheeks, set to overlay, and then ran neat image on a duplicate layer and then reduced opacity some.
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:51 AM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

The main thing I did was use the set black/white/grey points eyedroppers in a level adj layer. The white point target was set to neutralize the white on her blouse. The black point target was set to neutralize her pupils. The grey point target was set to the skin color from a flash photo I have of one of my sons--then I clicked on her cheek to make it that color. Then I boosted the saturation channel followed by a cyan photo filter because I still didn't quite like it. Then I did some NR (photoshop NR filter) and finally added an HSL layer set to colorize (with a mask) to make her lips look a more normal red.

Might be better off with some manual colorizing.

Bart
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:10 AM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

I adjusted RGB channels, color balance, white point & selectively enhanced colors.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:20 AM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

This is my try on this picture. Color adjustment, sharpen. Is the original color of the dress known. I have reason to believe that it was brown.

dc

I see that the original poster indicated the correct dress color was burgundy. I am posting a color corrected dress--may not be the exact color.
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Old 02-11-2007, 06:46 AM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

Hi Ted

Welcome to Retouch Pro

I adjusted levels

Red 64 0.47 255
Green 9 1.00 238
Blue 0 1.00 220

Then I converted to Lab and added a curves adjustment
Pulled up the centre of the L and b channels

Converted back to RGB and added the blue (clouds) background and a little red to the lips and cheeks

Sharpened and Neat Image

Nice Picture.

Ken.
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Old 02-11-2007, 07:00 AM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

Curves adjustment using droppers
Toning of the flourescent pink areas
Added colour to the lips
I am thinking possibly the dress tends more to maroon
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Old 02-11-2007, 10:57 AM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

My first correction was in the Level's Options dialog (see screen shot). One click to "Snap Neutral Midtones" reduced the color cast nicely.

Selected the lips and increased saturation slightly.

Overall Curves adjustment
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Old 02-11-2007, 02:41 PM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

Thanks Swampy. Never knew that fix existed. As a matter of fact never went to the "Option". Every day it's something new.

Thanks again
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:50 PM
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Re: Faded Photo, mostly red channel

Well to start I tried Image Adjustments auto color which helped quite a bit.
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