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Old 12-17-2008, 07:10 PM
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Re: out of my depth!

Steve,
It would be better if you started a new thread. You won't get much support buried within this one, and it is confusing.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:31 PM
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Re: out of my depth!

Okay, I have scanned again and this is what I have now. Ready to start again!

I know the colour has been very badly bleached from the photo and am not sure if this is creating a problem.

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/mem...7-myfamily.jpg

Cheers Fay
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:43 PM
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Fay, I used your latest upload and tried to nudge out a little more detail.. lots of work left to do like blending in the dark bands and maybe a little more smoothing before painting. I would make all necessary corrections before starting to color your image. I am sure you will do a fine job, judging by your first sample!

I agree with Tommy, A better scan in color, at a higher resolution might reveal more. (you might want to turn off all automatic settings like sharpening, noise reduction, color balance, etc.. to get a better scan with more information to work with)

Basically all I did was:
Tried to find Image using Levels/curves, different channel adjustments etc...
Ctrl+J
Polaroid dust & scratch (Light) to get rid of some white areas, (Hide all mask paint white on light areas)
Merge down
Ctrl+J
Polaroid dust & scratch (Dark) to get rid of some dark areas, (Hide all mask paint white on dark areas)
Merge down
Desaturate
Levels/curves
Ctrl+J
Multiply 50% Opacity, Gradient mask to lighten right side so both sides are evenly exposed
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:57 PM
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Re: out of my depth!

ok, forgive me if this is already mentioned, but i like to give my own analysis without reading other's first.

and, welcome to RP.

the first rule of colorizing is, do a restoration first! if you color over dirt you get a dirty result.

and the first rule of restoration is, do no damage. the second rule is find the image. i took your last posted image, the really gray one and ran a couple of filters from paint shop pro on it. the first did a REALLY good job of bringing out more detail. that was the 'fade correction' filter. the second filter added a bit more contrasting. that was the 'clarify' filter. just those two filters have done wonders already.

the next step would be cleanup. you've got a lot of compression blocks showing here, those little squares you can see when you zoom in a bit. that may only be from having to reduce your original file size to post here and if so, then no problem. but if not, then try a 'jpg artifact removal' tool on it or a median filter, maybe.

the other thing is noise/dirt. you've got a ton on this image. you could try the polaroid dust and scratches filter set to the dark speck removal, but i suspect that might not work well enough. so, try a good noise removal program or filter. Neat Image is ofter mentioned here and there are several more out there. i happen to like paint shop pro's 'digital camera noise removal', but others might like something else. you can also clone, airbrush and smudge quite a bit of that away.

after you've got a good clean photo to work with, i'd search the forums for Vikki's posts on colorizing. she's an expert and about the best i've seen. and, if i remember rightly, i think she used the Worth1000 tutorial on colorizing, so check that out too.

edit: note that there's even some color coming back into this image now.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:05 PM
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Re: out of my depth!

Wow, this is all just so helpful. I really do appreciate the help. So much great advice and you have given me something to work on. I love being able to come here and learn so much.

Thank you, Fay
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:09 PM
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I am going to begin by working on the noise/dirt removal.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:11 PM
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Re: out of my depth!

Craig, great job of finding the image.. I thought Dad was wearing shorts..
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Old 12-18-2008, 07:25 AM
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Re: out of my depth!

I started with the blue channel using channel mixer in photoshop
Next using curves I increased the contrast
I used Neat Image to reduce the background irreuglarities
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:03 PM
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Re: out of my depth!

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Steve,
It would be better if you started a new thread. You won't get much support buried within this one, and it is confusing.
Ditto...
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:44 PM
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thanks, OB
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