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Old 07-25-2008, 02:09 AM
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2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

Hi all,

Initial post and firstly, I just want to say some of you guys are amazing! I am in absolute awe by what some of you can achieve - I only hope that one day I can do half of what you can do!

Right - the issue - attached are 2 old photos (nan and grandad), photos are 30 years old and have been sitting in oval frames in a sunny window since the wedding day. I noticed how they had faded and said "i'll try and fix them a bit" - little did I know the actual complexity of the task.

So - how would you go about it? I did notice (I think) almost all of the damage to the standing photo is in the blue channel. Not sure if this helps.

The sitting one - well, what can I say - bleached - completely.

Just wondering how you guys would approach something like this using CS3/Elements/Corel? Any ideas, suggestions or examples would be greatly appreciated.

I have been playing with color balances and the clone tool and color brush but 1) has taken ages and 2) doesn't look great.

I have some hi-res (600dpi) scans that I can make available if it helps? Just let me know.

Thanks in advance and keep up the great work!!

Dave.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:00 AM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

Welcome aboard Dave !
I am certain you will have very little problem with these. They are still in great shape. The color corrections are not complicated, they just take a little "done it before" experience.

A recent thread that was very similar is here:
Stain Kicked My Butt

Without repeating everything, take a look. It should steer you in the right direction.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:38 AM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

Just a small effort, But I know there are may here who can do better.

Ian.

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2...ac4614/3-1.jpg

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h2.../softfocus.jpg
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Old 07-25-2008, 01:53 PM
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Re: 1 bleached 30 year old wedding photo

Hey guys - thanks so far - with your advice and the help of copying and pasting the channels manage to fix image number one (the standing one)... with almost no other editing!!! - attached are my results for your perusal (ignore the picture quality - the full size is much less pixalised and noisey)- comments are welcomed. On behalf on me and my nan a huge thanks.

So - number two? Any ideas? It's a completely different (more damaged) image. Any starting tips? (Being a newbie... would it be worth posting this image in a seperate post?)

Dave.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:13 PM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

I'd start by purchasing the book, Photoshop Restoration and Retouching by Katrin Eismann. It is a wonderful book and goes into about every issue you can find regarding a damaged and faded photos along with other types of issues.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:21 PM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

You can do a lot using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and a Selective Color adjustment layer. In H&S select the blue option from the pull down menu and de-saturate; but don't over do it or it will go grey. In the Selective Color adjustment layer select blue, magenta, white and black and play with the sliders. You can remove most of the blue. Make sure it is in Relative mode.
You then can re-color other problem areas by making an empty layer with Color blending mode, use a soft brush, pick out a color and at 20-40% opacity paint over the offending color. For example: pick a good section of grey in the pants and paint over any blue contamination.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:52 PM
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Re: 1 bleached 30 year old wedding photo

Hi Dave!

Welcome to RetouchPRO!!

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Originally Posted by mr_david_stacey View Post
......and said "i'll try and fix them a bit" - little did I know the actual complexity of the task.....
Yep... unevenly faded pictures (in colours, contrast, definition etc. ...) are among the most difficult to 'fix' and very often, no matter how much or little you do, the end results still leave a lot to be desired...

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......So - number two? Any ideas? It's a completely different (more damaged) image. Any starting tips? (Being a newbie... would it be worth posting this image in a seperate post?)

Dave.
I worked on both of them .... In Image 1
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**btw, could I ask a biiiig favour to all posters? ....

Please, try to upload your images giving them a unique name .... - could be enough to add your initials to the original name -

Whoever downloads the posted images to work on them, saves them on their hard disk and you can't imagine the collections of: Image1, 2, 3..., Before, After, Original, Corrected and so on.. we get and, to avoid overwriting files previously saved, we have to rename them every time...This can really be annoying .. and sometimes, a reason for lack of response.... **
the "oval fading" was somehow hidden by the very strong, global blue colour cast which was relatively easy to correct...in Image 2 there were different problems:
  • strong oval fading
  • different colour casts in both parts of the image: oval and borders.
My work flow was very similar for both pictures .. Since I worked mostly on selections, I used a lot of Adjustment Layers:
  • Levels,
  • Hue/Saturation,
  • Selective Colors,
  • Color Balance
and a lot of "Blank Layers set to.." as described in this Tutorial .... just scroll down the page to the BLANK/EMPTY LAYERS SET TO.... paragraph.

Attachment 1 > Image 1
Attachment 2 > Image 2
Attachment 3 > Image 2 with the addition of a soft vignette as I didn't like the 'sterile' and boring original background.

P.S.
I didn't bother too much with healing, denoising etc... just concentrated on fadings, colours, contrast and definition...

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Old 07-26-2008, 10:35 PM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

superb, flora
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:23 AM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

Like most of the time, my preference is to use curves, HSL & levels.
I've included the layers palette. It's a little messy, I didn't name or group the layers...time constrains.
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Old 07-27-2008, 01:03 PM
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Re: 2 bleached 30 year old wedding photos

very nice, chillin
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