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Old 05-06-2008, 03:29 AM
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Hi Folks,
Seems we have kind of a lull in images to work on so I thought I'd throw this one in. I've been thinking about it for a while anyway as this color is absolutly impossible to fix (for me anyway). I've tried every trick inthe book and I never get it quite right. Center female is my Mom.
Have fun.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:30 AM
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Re: Color Repair

Adjusted various settings in Camera Raw then opened in CS3. selected colour from blouse of 4th female, added a new layer filled with this colour (pale blue). Inverted colour (now dark brown) and changed layer mode to colour reduced opacity to 0 then increased again until reasonable colour achieved.

Christine
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:35 AM
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Re: Color Repair

The red channel is the problem.
http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/3...6082616yp9.jpg
It looks impossible at first glance. After some pondering and channel mixing adjustment layer wizardry I started to get a red channel I liked better. The channel mixer adjustment layer only affects the red channel and I also allowed some red from below the channel mixer to come through the image - mainly for the skin tones that were ruined by the channel mixer adjustment.
http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/7...6085148cl3.jpg http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/5...6085057iq5.jpg
Next a reduced opacity color-blend-mode layer filled with the opposite color of that I wanted to get rid of - just like the previous post, then a levels adjustment layer for some more color correction, then a photo filter adjustment layer for yet more color correction.
http://img374.imageshack.us/img374/1...6085234nq9.jpg
I added yet another levels adjustment layer to tweak the brightness and contrast to my liking to get the attached image.
http://www.zshare.net/download/11619642323f86c5/ - would you like a psd with that?
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:45 AM
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Re: Color Repair

My try... curves and selective color... I also used a color layer ..too much contrast I'm afraid.

Butch
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:28 AM
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Re: Color Repair

Like Butch, I primarily used curves.
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:41 AM
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Lonnie that looks very good to me....nice contrast

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Old 05-06-2008, 12:49 PM
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Re: Color Repair

Thanks, Butch. My old PhotoImpact 8 doesn't have direct color channel access, so I make do with what I have!
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:10 PM
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Re: Color Repair

Awsome work everyone. Videosean, Wow, very helpful! Thank you for the psd. That will be a great help for me. I get to the point sometimes where I think I'm pretty good with photoshop and that the limitations are those of the program, not mine.
Your method building a new red channel is one I hadn't tried. What Iv'e tried to do is bring this to the point where it looks shot today, not in the 60's or 70's. The overstaturated Blue is a thorn in my side. This file sits in lightroom along with a dozen copies Iv'e worked on and cast aside because it never is quite right. I think sean, you came as close to the just shot look as will be possible. Again thanks and I'll set to work with your psd as my base.
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Old 05-06-2008, 03:12 PM
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Re: Color Repair

Lonk, I don't have PhotoImpact 8, but it must be a great program, or you are a wizard, if that is all curves. I took a shot at it in photoshop with curves last night before I posted and I didn't come close to that good.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:07 PM
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Re: Color Repair

Wow... these all look good !
I'm not viewing on my regular machine, but I tend to like Lonnie's the best. Although not exactly the "shot today" look, it certainly has more even contrast and detail. It wouldn't take much to bring out the look you want.

Lonnie,
Since you had such success with only curves, could you enlighten us if you did anything unusual or different ?

Thanks,
Tommy
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