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Old 07-23-2007, 06:06 AM
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Re: Purple Mom

Hi Carole!

Sorry to be jumping in so late in the game. But you posted just after my play time was over yesterday.

Here's my first take. This was done with a curves adjustment layer. I was able to get reasonable skin tone and seem to have found the blond wood tone you mention. If you like I'll save the curves settings and send them to you.

This is a tricky one. The color cast is not consistent from shadow to highlight. I seem to be introducing a green tinge which I don't like. Was there a lot of green in the room? Is that a Christmas tree to the right?

I'll take another crack at it tonight. However, I think you should consider rescanning the original. There's very little detail in the dress, it's pretty much completely plugged.

You should be able to compensate for the color cast and retain far more shadow detail with a better scan. Don't try to make a scan that faithfully reproduces the original. Play with the scanner settings and leave some room at the endpoints, particularly in the shadows. Also, a little shift of the blue channel midpoint should help kill the yellow cast.

Chillin:
great job. That plugin really seems to help.

Best regards,

Michael
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Old 07-23-2007, 07:39 AM
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Re: Purple Mom

I forgot to mention, scan in 16-bit then apply your curves. Once you've established full range and correct color you can convert to 8-bit to repair the damage.

Good luck,

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Old 07-23-2007, 09:55 AM
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Re: Purple Mom

Don't really know what I did but I took quite a few liberties. Did mostly with curves and Hue and Saturation.
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Old 07-23-2007, 12:45 PM
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This is one of those that would be easier just to paint the colours in, rather than trying to "fix" them.
That had crossed my mind . . . but I've got this bulldog streak in me. Thanks for looking at the image, for your tweaks, and for your advice. May well just go that route in the end.

MJ - Charming 50s portrait! Have you seen where Formica is now releasing a 'retro' boomerang laminate pattern? And we thought we'd seen the last of that stuff.

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This is a tricky one.
Yup.

I had tried curves in just about every color space. Yours got good skin, and the piano, but I don't remember the walls being that dark. I had the same problem with the green cast. Look forward to more of your magic.

I will go back and re-scan the photo. 'Fraid that dress is just as plugged in the original, however, thanks to teenage Brownie flash high-contrast photography technique.

albatross - Nice. Wish you could remember how you got there. Walls may be more saturated than I remember, but when compromises have to be made they're not the important part of the image.

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Old 07-23-2007, 02:00 PM
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That's a better place to start....
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:43 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

I can't stop playing with this picture! I took Manta's improvement and did some selective color stuff with the yellow and red channels. I used my memory of "blonde" furniture to try and get it right. I think the real wall color is hiding just below the mirror.

Cheers,
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Old 07-23-2007, 02:59 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

I just arbitrarily used that color for the walls. I could have used quite a few others. Also, had I read the posts carefully I would have given the piano a "blond" look. Blond furniture I grew up with.

I think that my first step was to use the RGB in Levels. From there I selected various parts of the photo and used Curves to adjust the colors. Then I went to Hue and Saturation playing around with the various combinations. It really didn't take that long................maybe half and hour.
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Old 07-24-2007, 05:34 AM
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Re: Purple Mom

Here's my second take.

I did some channel blends to get rid of that green tinge and balance color overall, the inverted channel move to lighten things a little, and a tiny bit of healing and cloning.

She's a pretty lady, Carole.

Did you try a new scan?

Regards,

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Old 07-24-2007, 01:09 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

Great job, Michael. Could you tell me more about the channel blends you used? That's an area where I'm still flailing around.

Haven't done a new scan yet - the original print is hiding somewhere

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Yes, she was a beauty - stayed that way into her 70s to the day she died.

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Old 07-24-2007, 09:17 PM
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Here's mine....
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