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Old 07-31-2008, 03:05 PM
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Question Is there help for this picture?

I have been working on this picture on and off for 3 - 4 months. O believe the green stains are from mold, but I'm not sure. And then there is the issue of all the cracks. The picture is at 30 years old. My scanner did a great job of restoring the color, but I haven't had any good results with what I have tried.

The picture is of my boyfriends 3 children and I really want to restore it and surprise him with on his birthday in September.

Any input to help me accomplish this would be greatly appreciated.
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Last edited by LeslieGug; 08-06-2008 at 05:42 PM. Reason: upload another photo
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:12 PM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

at a glance of what you have posted, i'd start with a 'color balance' adjustment layer, then probably move to clone type actions.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:30 PM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

LeslieGug,
A very nice image, and at first glance it would appear to be one of those that would be an easy fix.... nice detail, not a lot of damage, the mold damage all in one color, just some color issues and light cracks.

But, after looking closer, the color issues seem to be more than a one or two step fix. In fact, I would rather have seen an image that had not been altered by the scanner. That way we have control over what is done.

Looking at the current color channels, the red channel contains most of the mold damage (odd isn't it.. since it looks green). The green channel is one of the best. And, the blue channel isn't bad but has some blown out highlights.

Thinking out loud, a possible workflow could be....
- Rebuild some of the lost data in the red channel, by mixing in more from the green.
- Same for the blue... but subtracting blue and replacing with green.
- Then use multiple Hue/Sat adj. layers and Selective Color adj. layers to get the tones right. But it may take some masking also.
- Then filter out the greenish mold with a simple photo filter layer... selecting the mold color... reversing the LAB a & b values. Then use the mask to paint on just the mold spots as needed.
- Then some final tweaks in curves for your liking.
- Then work on the cracks.

I could also see abandoning some of the color in the worst areas and simply re-colorizing those areas.

I'll play with some of those ideas and see what comes of them in the next few days.
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:37 AM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

Hi Leslie,

Had a quick play around with your picture.

Colour problems were such that I couldn't get a good result working with what was there, so I hand coloured it.

The rest was just a matter of cloning.

About 30-40 mins work, with a bit more time I'm sure you could get a better result.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:38 AM
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Had a try, I am not very good with colour cast and getting rid of stains, but wanted to have a try non the less, I did an adjustment levels using the grey point, that got rid of the colour cast, then mucked about with selective colour and got the result. Clean stains a bit, I didn't work too heavily on the photo as I didn't want to destroy it.


thanks for sharing

regards


helen
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:56 AM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

Hi Leslie!!

Welcome to RetouchPRO!!!

What everybody said about looking easier to fix than it really is...

The colours were really in bad shape...
  • I duplicated the background and run Image>Adjustments>Variationsclicking on 'more yellow' and 'more red' and this gave me a good start already (Attachment 1 = Original + result of this procedure).
  • I used Heal Brush and Patch Tool to minimize the spots
  • Hue/Saturation, Selective Colors and Color Balance to further improve the colours
  • Dust&Scratches to refine the skin.
  • Neat Image for the excess noise (can be downloaded free here )
  • Blank Layers (Tutorial here ... just scroll down the page to the paragraph BLANK/EMPTY LAYERS SET TO.... )
  • Levels to increase contrast and definition.
  • Unsharp Mask to sharpen.
Attachment 2 = my result.

Very nice Gary and Helen!!!

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Old 08-02-2008, 03:28 AM
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Hi Leslie!!

Welcome to RetouchPRO!!!

What everybody said about looking easier to fix than it really is...

The colours were really in bad shape...
  • I duplicated the background and run Image>Adjustments>Variationsclicking on 'more yellow' and 'more red' and this gave me a good start already (Attachment 1 = Original + result of this procedure).
  • I used Heal Brush and Patch Tool to minimize the spots
  • Hue/Saturation, Selective Colors and Color Balance to further improve the colours
  • Dust&Scratches to refine the skin.
  • Neat Image for the excess noise (can be downloaded free here )
  • Blank Layers (Tutorial here ... just scroll down the page to the paragraph BLANK/EMPTY LAYERS SET TO.... )
  • Levels to increase contrast and definition.
  • Unsharp Mask to sharpen.
Attachment 2 = my result.

Very nice Gary and Helen!!!

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Thanks Flora for your nice comment.

WOW your work is fantastic as usual, I've managed to get the color cast like your first attachment hence! the brown t.shirt of the boy, I can see the colour is suppose to be green, for some reason I thought it was brown, a newbie is a newbie, one live and learn and one can only learn from one's mistake , I didn't want to mucked about further, in case I destroy the photo more, I shall just sit in a corner and learn from the Pros. I love the way you've brought out the colours of the children eyes

thanks

regards


helen
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:24 AM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

Well what made this photo interesting to retouch were the various color distortions. Too much green in many places . And other areas with other colors.

I used a little of everything on multiple layers with masks.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:48 AM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

The color correction wasn't so difficult, but lots of cleanup.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:23 AM
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Re: Is there help for this picture?

Hi Flora,

Glad to see you back, I see you haven't lost your touch. Like what you did with the picture (the dark BG really works for me).

I haven't been around as much as I'd like just lately so haven't had chance to say hello and welcome back.

Nice work everyone else, I always enjoy seeing the different approaches that people use to get towards a similar goal.
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