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Old 12-11-2008, 11:19 PM
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Help with repairing old Photo

I'm having trouble removing the discolouration in this old photo. It's of one of my grandparents and I'm restoring it for my aunt. Any help or suggestions on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-12-2008, 12:59 AM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

Hello and welcome..

Not sure what you mean by remove the color...if you are trying to make the picture look natural, it’s not going to be an easy fix. The picture is Sepia color, orange brown. The only way to make it look natural is to Paint the natural colors back in after desiderating.

Easiest thing to do here is desaturate (image>>adj>>desaturate), making it black and white. Then play with levels or curves to get good contrast.

Another thing that gets ok results is just clicking AUTO on Levels, makes the image very contrasty. Then you can use a Hue/Adj layer to select what color you want it to be (I like -1,-15,-15).

To fix the fade in the center, use an exposure adj layer. Mask the area and lower the offset till right. You can then fine tune the mask so it all looks even.

Hope this helps,
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:14 AM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

Thanks that did help, i meant fixing the fade- sorry if i wasn't clear enough.
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:36 AM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

Made two versions... one desat and the other not.

Whatever made that fade left a reddish residue. So after using Exposure adj... I masked the same area and did a hue sat adj to fix the redness.

Easiest thing to do is just make it black and white. If you didn’t know, click where the red arrow is, to make adj layers

There is not much detail under the fade, so the adjustments only lessen the effect, to to a full restore, you may have to heal/clone and paint to make it look right. But that normally turns out like a drawing, not a picture.

Hope this helps,
-Keven
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Old 12-12-2008, 03:02 PM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

As a recent convert and Photoshop rookie, I thought I'd give this a go. Since I was just experimenting, I used the attachment as a source rather than the linked D/L, so the quality could have been much better.
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:13 PM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

That looks great Lonk, did you just clone to remove the fade?
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:50 PM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

I used calculations to fabricate a corrective layer for the faded area; this was masked as necessary. Calculations allowed restoring the contrast as well as the density. I used several other tools then to enhance the repair, including yes, clone, but only for the foliage areas between and aside the subjects.
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Old 12-12-2008, 08:04 PM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

I gave calculations a go and was completely stumped as to what to do, could you post the settings you used?
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:56 AM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

Good choice on the color correct Lonk. Never used the calculations before. Very interesting tool.

Termatt56, try this (first hide all layers except the background):

duplicate the background>> black and white it>> Make a new blank layer >> calculations S 1: murged, channel blue ::: S 2: blank layer, red ::: blending color burn ::: result new channel >> click on blank layer >> Apply image: layer: blank layer, channel: new alpha, blending normal >> make a mask show all. paint with black and white till even.

Clealy more detail then with just exposure adj.

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Old 12-13-2008, 10:14 AM
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Re: Help with repairing old Photo

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I gave calculations a go and was completely stumped as to what to do, could you post the settings you used?
I understand. As powerful as Calculations is, it can be intimidating. Here are some settings for you to try. Once you've created the alpha channel with Calculations, paste it as a new layer with a hide-all mask. With a soft, low-flow white brush, gradually paint in the faded area. (NOTE: This is using your attached image, thus the horrible artifacts, which Calculations intensifies. Your hi-res file should return much better results.)

Be aware that I've only had Photoshop for a month. No doubt, there are other ways to handle this repair. Keven has provided a good take on my suggested process, with different Calculations settings. I'm finding the possibilities with Photoshop are virtually endless.

Good luck,
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