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Old 04-23-2008, 12:47 PM
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Re: Photo restoration

Thank you, Butch (from one fiddler to another . . .)

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Old 04-23-2008, 03:25 PM
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Re: Photo restoration

Great job Butch and Lurch

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a lot of fiddling
True. This image has faded unevenly so there is no ‘quick fix’

Add a levels adjustment and use these numbers

Red 149 0.82 238
Green 30 0.93 224
Blue 36 1.31 187

That gets the image close but still needs some ‘fiddling’

There are signs that the background was blue so I added a layer set to colour and painted the background blue

A little more paint on the faces

Added another levels adjustment to lighten the edges

And a bit more ‘fiddling’

There is more that could be done but its getting there.

Ken
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Old 04-26-2008, 04:14 PM
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Re: Photo restoration

ok, let's try this again:
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:00 AM
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This photo provided a great afternoon's entertainment, while I pretended I was restoring a jpg sent in by a client. Not that I have clients - if that were the case this would have been a money-loser - but it was good practice. My work is done in Photoshop CS3 on my trusty iMac Core Duo.

Kodak's Digital ROC plugin, applied twice after cropping off the frame stains, gave me a decent but washed-out base to start from. This doesn't help those of you who don't have that plugin, but I had to play. An initial color correction using curves in Photoshop would have worked too. Next step was to get rid of the various noises. Topaz Vivacity was my friend, as was Noise Ninja. Did the noise reduction piece by piece starting with Vivacity's de-jpeg. In Lab mode I used the CS3 Dust & Scratches filter with separate settings on the a and the b, and applied Noise Ninja to the L. Then it was on to the Polaroid Dust and Scratches filter to get rid of the various spots.

Wish I could give a disciplined workflow from then on, but it was a matter of just fiddling until things looked right, and I'm not good at documenting fiddling. It did involve selected desaturation for the orange-yellow and green stains most obvious on the guy's coat, and a masked curves layer set to multiply to get good facial skin tones (used the hands as a guide of sorts), and some global saturation of reds and greens. Otherwise I didn't consciously alter any colors - just let whatever was going to come out, come out. (This is to explain why my shirt is black and Butch's is Burgundy). Last step was a high pass sharpen. If I remember more I'll add an edit.

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A great job indeed....With Photoshop CS3 and following you instruction one can do wonder to a damaged image....really great...
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:36 PM
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Thank you, Asif. I consider it high praise when my efforts help others.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:17 AM
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Hi there

I used selective color and curves

Then I painted on some color layers to equalize color... then some dodge and burn.
Nice Job! How long did it take, if you don't mind my asking?
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