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Old 06-08-2009, 06:08 PM
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Color Adjustments

Hey!

I'm new here, but I guess I"ll just jump right in. I'm currently at the beginning of a huge restoration project. My mom basically handed me three boxes of photos that had been damaged by a careless family member. I'm slowly but surely going through and restoring them, when I have time.

The biggest trouble that I've had, so far, is with color corrections. I was wondering if I could get some input on this project? I'm afraid that I've perhaps taken the color corrections too far. I'm not sure if the colors were this... "bright" in the original, though there are family stories about the red hair of the girl in the picture, so for all I know, this is accurate.

Anyhow, any other perspectives would be welcome!
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:35 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

looks pretty good to me

and welcome to RP.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:40 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

Thanks, Craig!

I'm glad to hear it looks good from there. I've had some trouble calibrating my monitor, as well, so I can't always trust it will look the same from where I am.

Thanks also for the welcome. I've already learned a lot, just lurking, so far, but I'm looking forward to joining in.

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Old 06-08-2009, 10:47 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

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I'm not sure if the colors were this... "bright" in the original...
I would agree with Craig, it looks very good. While the colors may not have been as saturated, your saturation levels are pretty close... maybe just a few percentage points high. Hardly worth worrying about if you like them. The colors are also well isolated, in other words you did not globally correct a color only to have it bleed into another.

Good job !
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:27 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

Em, your color looks pretty good. As a comparison I tried a PS plugin developed by Kodak for restoring colors which have shifted in slides and prints. It is one touch and it is usually bang on. It got the skin tone pretty much bang on so perhaps the rest is close as well.

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Old 06-09-2009, 01:39 AM
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Re: Color Adjustments

Thanks TommyO! I do agree that it is maybe a bit too saturated. I'm still learning, and I only really became aware of how to adjust the saturation today. :P I'm going to mess with it and see if I can't get it closer.

mistermonday - really nice tool. I may need to continue working on calibrating my monitor. Either that or it's my eyes. The one you did looks just a little yellow to me. Of course, it could also be my eyes. I don't know. This is a picture of my aunt, and I'm assuming, since she looks so much like her daughter, that she had a similar skin tone at that age.

Could this reflect my moni
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:05 PM
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Em, the correction I made effectively reduced the blue and shifted the image toward yellow while at the same time increasing the green. As I study both images, I feel that yours is too blue, mine is too yellow, and the optimum balance probably lies somewhere in between. Moreover if you just reduce the saturation of your image it looks very realistic.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:55 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

consider that they are old images and as such should definitely not have as much colour in them.

Quick fix you can try which I have used successfully a number of times is to add for yourself a black and white layer adjustment overtop and scale back the opacity. If you do this then you can equally desaturate the image.

Take a look. When you do it this way to older photos you can really give yourself a quick and easy way to control not just the saturation but also the contrast so you don't get too hard edged.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:56 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

I should add that I put this black and white layer overtop your retouched image. So if you do what you normally would to get to that part you felt it was over saturated this is how I would take it back down evenly.
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Old 06-09-2009, 04:50 PM
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Re: Color Adjustments

To adjust the color I used common method like shown here + reduced the red.
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