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Old 07-22-2007, 03:43 PM
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Purple Mom

This badly discolored snapshot of my mother was taken in the 1950s. I've been fighting with it for years, literally, trying to get the colors back to something resembling normal. It's not a good photo - never was - but it's my Mom! The second image is my own latest best effort - still a long way from good. Surely some of you can tell me how to do better with that awful magenta shift. Michael (Graphic23)?

Carole
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:12 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

Lurch!!

I'm happy to offer the following that I picked up from a book somewhere. It works for almost any sort of color cast.

I made a copy of you photo. Using the copy I went to Filter-Blur-Average. What you'll have is a pink picture Go back to the original and do a Levels adjustment. Do the white and black adjustments as normal. Click on the middle dropper - the gray one - and click on your pink picture. About 75% of the pink vanished for me..

Did a Ctrl/shift/alt E and made a new level with the changes. Used the Auto Color filter. Finished up with a green (the opposite of red on the color wheel) photo filter at 30%.

I'm sure that someone who knows what they're doing will have some suggestions to refine it more. I still see pink but a lot of it is gone?

Cheers,

MJ
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:15 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

Well I tried to correct the picture but I still see the wrong one. I think my mind is failing
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Old 07-22-2007, 04:55 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

Thanks, MJ. That's an approach I hadn't tried in all this time, and it makes a significant improvement with little effort.

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Old 07-22-2007, 05:39 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

It is a very difficult picture. I had to rely heavily on the iCorrect PictoColor plugin. First I applied Charlene5's method, then played with plug ins & a patching tool.
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Old 07-22-2007, 07:34 PM
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That came out very nice, Chillin. I wish I could remember what color those walls were. I do know the piano was a wood finish that they called 'blond' then.

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Old 07-22-2007, 08:41 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

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...I do know the piano was a wood finish that they called 'blond' then.

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Maybe something like that.
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Old 07-22-2007, 08:56 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

I like that color a lot, but the your original effort was very much like what I remember the piano being. Sorry if my words implied you hadn't got it right - you had!

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Old 07-22-2007, 08:59 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

Seems that the walls are the same colour as you mother's skin.

This is one of those that would be easier just to paint the colours in, rather than trying to "fix" them.

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Old 07-22-2007, 09:52 PM
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Re: Purple Mom

Dear Carole,

I fiddled with your mom some more - well not with her, but her magenta rendering- and reached the point of diminishing returns. Instead of folding the laundry (it can wait) I colorized your mom with a memorable 50's color scheme. If you look closely you'll see one of those "modern atomic" patterns on the lovely <cough> aqua blue curtains. We had those AND a pink wall and some of the most hideous wallpaper I've ever clapped eyes on. I'm sure it's in the background of some Christmas pictures. I'll have to post it for you to enjoy

Anyhow, here's your Mom back snug in the 50's. I enjoyed doing it!

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