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Old 06-18-2009, 03:07 PM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Drummergrl, if you examine your image you see that the Blue channel is badly damaged, Red channel has moderate dammage but Green is pretty good and pretty even. My approach with this image was to first use a Curve adjustment to bring the color back in line to what I thought it should be, focusing on the important parts like skin and hair color. After it was what appears to me to be in range (may not be what her true colors were), then I duplicated the layer and did Image>Apply Image and applied the Green channel from your original image and then changed the luminosity of that layer to Luminance. Now with a soft brush, you alt click to sample good colors and paint over all the spots. No cloning or patching. I rushed thru and did this in less than 5 mins to illustrate a direction. To do a good job you would need to take more time to paint over the spot on the hair and places n the face. Anyway there are many techniques, this being just one which is very fast depending on the image.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:59 PM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Try to use this:
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Ellemir, welcome to Retouch Pro. For this image I would do the following (assuming you have Photoshop):
- Image > Mode > Lab Color
- In the Channel Palette, select the B channel
- Image > Apply Image and from the dialog window choose the "a" Channel, set the blending mode to Exclusion and the opacity = 100%

And now your done. You have blacked out the face and so I can not see the skin tones so you may need to add a Hue Sat adj or Selective Color adj layer to tweak the color.

Regards, Murray
Still some work left to be done, but it is a good method.
Thanks again Murray
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:39 PM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Hi Chillin, I went the LAB route first and you get some good skin tone, eyes and hair color as well (shown below), but now you still need to even the luminosity and brush over the spots. I found it about the same time either way.
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Old 06-19-2009, 12:15 AM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Yes, you're right, it required some additional work.
The skin tones: I put back the undistorted parts of the b channel. It helped.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:24 AM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

I was looking through this thread and everyone did a good job on this photo. I gave it a try, the spots in the blue channel were difficult to get rid of. I finally used the green channel and hand colored the photo, not sure the hair is the correct color as i did the face and hair together. I also replaced the background with a marble texture. I figured out why the hair color was off I had an extra color balance layer in there updated photo is attached.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:32 AM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Thanks unimatrix001,
I think changing the background was a good idea.
Thanks everyone I have been very inspired and learned a little also.
Martina
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:50 AM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Used the green channel for a repaint.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:48 PM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

these are always fun to do. i mostly used the color balance adjustment layer, color mixer and hue sat adjustment layers.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:01 AM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Worked on the blue channel in the noise filter in CS3.
Softened the picture, and then brought back the eyes noise and lips with a mask.
Re did the eyes (color).
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:42 PM
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Re: restoring old photo color spots problem

Tried a different approach

Replaced the Blue channel with the Green channel, adjusted with curves and levels
Copied Red channel.. put on layers pallet.. used Polaroid dust and scratch filter to remove light spots.. copied and pasted back into Red channel
Adjusted colors in layer pallet using levels and curves
Copied eyes and teeth on a separate layer.. sharpened
Copied all on a new layer copied that layer .. noise reduction, masked
Final clean up
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