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Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

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Old 11-11-2008, 11:01 PM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

a larger image would help immensely here.

and welcome to RP, Fridaydreamer.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:21 AM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

Craig the large image is in Post #9

Shaunie I shall be glad to elaborate some:

copy background
Crop
Do a good levels.. (Name layer levels)
Channels menu click on red channel so that it is the only one showing
Ctrl+A (select all)
Ctrl+C (copy)
click RGB to select all channels again
back to layer menu
Shft+Ctrl+N (new layer).. OK
Ctrl+V (paste) (the red channel should be here)
Ctrl+J (Copy Layer)
Ctrl+J (Copy Layer)
Filter>Polaroid Dust and Scratch (Light) (Can be downloaded free from here) (adjust to get rid of most of the white streaks)(click Correct)
Hold Alt key and click mask Icon at bottom of layer menu (Hide all Mask)
Foreground paint = White, small soft brush just a bit bigger than the white spots and lines, paint over white lines and spots (change color to black to correct mistakes)
Ctrl+E (Merge Down)
Ctrl+J (Copy layer)
Filter>Polaroid Dust and Scratch (Uncheck Light) (adjust to get rid of most of the black spots and streaks)(click Correct)
Hold Alt key and click mask Icon at bottom of layer menu (Hide all Mask)
Foreground paint = White, small soft brush just a bit bigger than the black spots and lines, paint over the black spots and dark areas you want corrected
Ctrl+E (Merge Down)
Ctrl+J (Copy layer)
Shft+Ctrl+N (new layer named "Clone").. OK
Clone, heal and fix cracks and things
Shft+Ctrl+N (new layer named "combine all").. OK
Shft+Ctrl+Alt+E (copy and paste into new layer)
COLORING
Shft+Ctrl+N (new layer named "shirt"... change mode box to "Color").. OK
uncheck the layer eyeball on the layer named "combine all" go down to the levels layer, select it and with the color picker select the shirt color
go back to the top select Combine all then shirt
fill shirt with the foreground color just selected (Alt+Backspace)
Hold Alt key and click mask Icon at bottom of layer menu (Hide all Mask)
Foreground paint = White, small soft brush paint over shirt and anything else you want that color (change color to black to correct mistakes)

Continue this coloring procedure for each color in the levels layer till entire picture is colored
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:06 AM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

Hawkeye,
Thank you for the time you put into showing me your work! I really appreciate it.

Shaunie
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:08 AM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

Thanks for the welcome, Craig! I'm already learning so much!

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Old 11-12-2008, 02:11 AM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

OlBaldy,
WOW! Thank you so much for the very thorough, step-by-step instructions--that is exactly what I was hoping for and the results of what you posted are amazing. I can't wait to get to work following your instructions--my mother-in-law is going to be thrilled if I can master what you've given me here. I'll post my work when I'm done--hopefully I can do a good job and be a quick study of the knowledge you've imparted. Thank you for being so generous with your time and expertise!

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:07 PM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

ah, thank you, OB! that's MUCH better! (**mumbles something about oncoming senility and moves on**)

and you're welcome, shaunie

i'm just gonna let OB do this one while i mull over which retirement home i want to go live in
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:27 PM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

ok, i lied. i'm too compulsive to just let OB have all the fun

and, not to take a thing away from OB or his work, you'll find that everyone has their own style and techniques and that when photoshop or similar programs are involved, there's ALWAYS more than one way to skin the proverbial cat.

so, this is my 'first step' in just about any restore. it's simple. just 'find the picture'. that's it. that's all. just find the picture. do whatever you can to bring out as much detail as possible. restores rely on detail, on data. you want ALL the data you can get your hands on. so, techniques like brightness/contrast, shadows/midtones/highlights, fade reduction, unsharp mask, levels, curves and other similar actions are what i normally do first.

in this image, i kept it pretty simple. i started with a brightness/contrast adjustment layer, raising the contrast, but lowering the brightness to compensate for the raised contrast.

next, i added a levels adjustment layer and set both the black and white points.

those things brought the image into view much more and corrected a number of things. so, to do the next step i copy merged and pasted to a new layer. this brings all the previous layers into one combined layer on top of everything and is like having a new image to work with, only now, it has all the corrections you've made so far.

i duplicate that image, treating the first copy merge as a new background and we never work on the background.

then, on the duplicate, i ran an unsharp mask at 6/100/5. this takes some of the blur out and i can now see all of the eyes in all of the children, including the pupils and that helps a lot.

and that's all i did to 'find the image'. the next step would be clean up, but i'm leaving that to you guys (unless i'm lieing again ).

edit: p.s. it looks better at full size. because i had to cut down the file size, i've lost a bit of resolution here.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:09 PM
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Shaunie I shall be glad to elaborate some:

Hold Alt key and click mask Icon at bottom of layer menu (Hide all Mask)
Foreground paint = White, small soft brush paint over shirt and anything else you want that color (change color to black to correct mistakes)

Continue this coloring procedure for each color in the levels layer till entire picture is colored
OlBaldy,
It's taken me a little while to have enough uninterrupted time to work on this, but I finally carved out some time last night. The only part I'm having trouble with is the Hide All Mask. When I follow the instructions, nothing happens on my screen as I paint. Is there something I'm missing? I know that's probably not a lot to go on, but I'm stumped.

Shaunie
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:12 PM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

Thanks Craig--you're right, you really found a lot more detail than I thought was available! Thank you so much!

Shaunie
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Old 11-17-2008, 05:24 PM
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Re: Red Ink on old polaroid--can it be saved?

Turn OFF all eyeballs except for the 'combine all' layer (black and white - Normal Mode) and the layer filled with color (a solid color - color mode) The layer filled with color should have a black mask
Click on the black mask to activate/select it... (the black mask should be outlined/highlighted.. NOT the colored square (click them both to see the difference))
After selecting the Mask, Paint with White 100% Opacity and Flow on the object you want colored
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