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Old 03-27-2008, 01:24 PM
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Hello All,

I am fairly new to using photoshop for restoration purposes, but have been doing design work with it for a couple years. Anyways I have a photo of my girlfriends family from the 1980s and have done a little color correction but need some help... The colors don't look very natural. The photos are attached. THNK YOU!
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:36 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

A really quick version:

multiplied a couple times
Used FFT filter to remove paper pattern
levels
curves
Straightened image
cropped to fit
picked up colors from original and painted on color layers and did color adjustment on those layers
ran neat image for noise removal a couple times
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:59 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

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A really quick version:

multiplied a couple times
Used FFT filter to remove paper pattern
levels
curves
Straightened image
cropped to fit
picked up colors from original and painted on color layers and did color adjustment on those layers
ran neat image for noise removal a couple times
fft filter?
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:40 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

Using the FFT filter to remove photographic paper texture (click here)

(There is a download link at the bottom of the tutorial)
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:23 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

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Using the FFT filter to remove photographic paper texture (click here)

(There is a download link at the bottom of the tutorial)

Cool, Thanks.

Well it appears the link doesn't work =/
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:45 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

Sorry 'Bout that!!
try this
This action does it all.. Play the action.. paint the stars.. press the run arrow again fini..
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:58 PM
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Sorry 'Bout that!!
try this
This action does it all.. Play the action.. paint the stars.. press the run arrow again fini..
i actually searched for fft and came across the site...

so i ran the action, hit play. but it says " the command <i>filter</i> is not currently available" with the dialog boxes, continue or stop...
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:09 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

the action uses the filter.
Did you download the filter and install it into the plugin folder for photoshop?

The FFT filter used in this action (RGB version of FFT/IFFT) has to be downloaded and installed first.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:11 AM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

Had a quick go with your picture. I didn't remove texture as with a picture as gone as this you'd tend to lose detail and there isn't too much of that in the blown out areas.

With something as faded as this it's always best to have a light touch or things will tend to look a little artificial.

First I tried to get what little colour there was out of the picture by duplicating it and setting the blend mode to Multiply, then reduced opacity of that layer to about 40%.

New hue/saturation adjustment layer, and upped the saturation by about 15%.

Levels adjustment layer and adjusted to correct colour.

Merged layers.

Few colour layers for various characters and objects, then sampling colours from picture, I painted in a little colour to build it up a touch.

Little bit of dodge and burn to finish.

Not great I know, but colouring was never my forte, so it's about as good as I could get it.

Did a cropped version as well.
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:15 PM
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Re: Putting color back into sun faded photo (1908s

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Had a quick go with your picture. I didn't remove texture as with a picture as gone as this you'd tend to lose detail and there isn't too much of that in the blown out areas.

With something as faded as this it's always best to have a light touch or things will tend to look a little artificial.

First I tried to get what little colour there was out of the picture by duplicating it and setting the blend mode to Multiply, then reduced opacity of that layer to about 40%.

New hue/saturation adjustment layer, and upped the saturation by about 15%.

Levels adjustment layer and adjusted to correct colour.

Merged layers.

Few colour layers for various characters and objects, then sampling colours from picture, I painted in a little colour to build it up a touch.

Little bit of dodge and burn to finish.

Not great I know, but colouring was never my forte, so it's about as good as I could get it.

Did a cropped version as well.


Thank you Gary, the color looks great! I might try using the FFT but i do believe you are right about losing detail. I'll probably end up printing one of both.

Thank you all.

-Wayne
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