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Old 12-04-2008, 06:52 AM
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color correction, color cast

Hi, some time ago I opened a thread as I was working on an old docment, and the main challenge was to extract the italics letter and make them readable. I had to play with layers and so on, as indicated by people in this group. Now that is OK, but the background color is an ugly brown.
So my question now is if anybody can help me to remove it ( the brown cast) and obtain a kind of "old paper" looking , a kind of yellow..., but without removing the texture from it.
The image is too heavy to upload, but if anybody wants to help me I can send to his email address
Thank you very much ,
Javier
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:22 AM
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Re: color correction, color cast

I would use selective color adjustment in a new layer (click where the red arrow is). Mess with the settings untill it looks yellow. You can start with the settings below in the screen shot, then adjust as needed.

Hope it helps,
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:27 AM
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Re: color correction, color cast

There's probably 100 ways to do this, but one that I find easy and quick is to make an adjustment layer with a solid yellowish color. Set that layer to "color", and adjust to taste using the picker on your layer.

You may want to open it up with curves/levels first.

Hope that made sense.

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:33 AM
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Re: color correction, color cast

Hi Silva and Keven. Thank you very much for your answers.
Anyway I was unable to make it look "natural". I would like you to see the image. May I send it anywhere, so you can access and take a look at it?
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Javier
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Old 12-04-2008, 12:39 PM
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Re: color correction, color cast

"create new fill or adjustment layer" menu found at the bottom of the layer palette and choose "color balance". Adjust the color till it is like you want.
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:36 PM
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Re: color correction, color cast

You can attach it here (small 100K) and then elsewhere (large, whatever you want) upload it and post a link here. I use Flickr but there are many many more.

I am not sure what you mean by natural, OlBaldy's version seems most natural, but to me thats seems like a light brown, not the yellowish you asked for. Can you also post an example of the outcome. you can find alot of old paper images HERE, thats were I got mine.

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Old 12-05-2008, 06:03 AM
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Re: color correction, color cast

Hi I have uploaded the original image and the restored one in this link:
http://community.webshots.com/album/569086663AYqDAl
I would really appreciate if you can make comments on it and suggestion on how to improve it and make it lookl "natural old"
Regards, and thank you very much
Javier
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:35 AM
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Re: color correction, color cast

As you will see comparing the original and restored images, the problem is not only the colour, but the texture of the paper that has been lost. That is, my intention was to remove the wrinkles, and improve the "readibility" of the text, but still keeping the "old looking" of the document. Now it looks too washed, from my point of view.
Any suggestions are welcome.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:48 PM
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Re: color correction, color cast

JAvier,

Using PS7
Overlayed your corrected copy on top of original
Free transformed while in "Difference" mode to fit original
Auto Level corrected copy
Auto Level Original
Corrected Copy changed Mode to Darken

I would leave the wrinkles and the obverse showing through.. (Because it looks more real)
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:21 AM
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Re: color correction, color cast

That looks pretty good OlBaldy !

Another thought Javier, if you want a clean background that looks old.... since you don't have that much text, you could create a selection of just the text and replace the background completely. It would be similar to OlBaldy's method, just not using the original as a background. I would think/hope you already have that selection saved anyway. If not, it would not take long to make a new selection.
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