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Old 08-06-2009, 06:29 PM
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faded color photo

Hello
I'm trying to restore the color in this photo, I have tried to get it back with the curves adjustment technique. Which is to take the white eye dropper and find the whitest white and then find the blackest black. This helps a lot with the tone but I still don't get any color in the back ground and the skin color is wrong too.

Any help would be great.

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Old 08-06-2009, 06:43 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Fade correction does a lot.
Normally I would recolor especially the background if you needed it.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:18 PM
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Re: faded color photo

This is what I got playing with levels after getting the Black, Grey, white points... It still looked a bit off color then adjusted the red, blue, green in levels till it looked OK to me..

The curves layer is a final minor tweak for the color
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:43 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Thank you, aartist and olbaldy.
I just wanted to make sure I was on the right track. So after doing these first steps, then I would colorize the background, because I'm not getting any real color out of it.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:44 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Adjusted the levels a bit and then did a repaint.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:12 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Hi Cathy, I performed a levels adjust on each channel and then used a Selective Adj Layer to fine tune the colors.
Regards, Murray
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:31 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Slightly different tack here -

First used curves to adjust black, white, and gray points (I assumed the fence posts, weathered wood, would be pretty much gray). Then used another curves layer to get the skin tones. Made that layer mask black, painted it white in the skin areas. The lady's hair was still a little yellow, so took care of that by taking a little yellow out of the neutral tones in a masked selective color layer. Left the background as it came out after the bwg color move - there's a hint of green there.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:51 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Thanks Miningart, mistermonday, lurch I will try all of your suggestions and see what I like best.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:38 PM
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Re: faded color photo

I did similar to lurch. used a levels adjustment layer to get rid of the red color cast. then used 4 color balance layers. One for the skintone, one for the hair color, one for the lips, and one for the background.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:59 PM
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Re: faded color photo

Few selective curves adjustments.
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