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Old 09-23-2009, 08:51 PM
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How to restore this image using PS CS4

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Hello

This is my first post for advice.
I am in the process of scanning all my fathers 35mm slides for archiving.
Some of theses slide are from 1957, part of the slide has a faded area.
Is anyone here with the Photoshop skill to give me some advice what tools/method needed to restore the damaged section of this slide.
This is only one of many that need to be restored in this manner.
Some slides have the magenta colour cast that can be fix easily.
Any advice would be appreciated, as I am just scratching the surface of PS CS4.

Also a link to a slightly larger image below

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u...Untitled-9.jpg

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Del
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:49 PM
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O.P.
Hello
the slide has a faded area.
Is anyone here with the Photoshop skill to give me some advice what tools/method needed to restore the damaged section of this slide.
This is only one of many that need to be restored in this manner.
Some slides have the magenta colour cast that can be fix easily.
Any advice would be appreciated, as I am just scratching the surface of PS CS4.
Cheers
Del
Del, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, have fun!

Here are some links that may help:

How to Repair a Light Leak or Stain

Faded Foto

Old Faded Color Damaged Photo

Help on technique for restoring photos that have gone pink
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:31 PM
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Re: How to restore this image using PS CS4

Thank's for the links.
The "Old Faded Color Damaged Photo" that Flora restored was absolutely amazing.

Cheers
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:56 PM
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yup, flora is gifted

welcome to RP.

i gave your image a shot, since i need more practice on this type. basically, what i did was make a selection, feathered quite a bit, of the worst of the faded area. to that i did a brightness/contrast adjustment layer. then, i merged all layers and made a new of those and did another selection, this time less feathered and ran a curves adjustment layer on it.

i still wasnt anywhere near happy, so i decided this was going to be a hand work job. so, i dragged out the clone and airbrush and started working. when i start, i'm real sloppy with the first couple of layers. i airbrush in the appropriate colors and do it vigorously and without much care to watchhing the lines. i do all this on a blank layer and then do a gaussian blur on the whole layer. then, i just erase what i dont like, using a light opacity eraser brush.

i'll do a couple layers like that and then start refining things. after a bit, i started coloring more precisely on another blank layer and set the blend mode to 'hard light'. i also began cloning in some definition from other parts of the image. again, i then simply erase parts i dont like. i just keep going at that whole process until i get things real close, then i make another copy merge and paste to new layer. on that layer i used color balance to bring back some of the color, mostly in the reds, but some green and lessened the blues a tiny bit.

after that is the final layer. the image was bleached out on their arms, so, i airbrushed in some color and set the blend mode to 'color'. then erased again.

ok, just before i posted this, i looked at my work again... added another blank layer for some final 'push' brush and cleanup with clone.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:58 PM
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Re: How to restore this image using PS CS4

If there's a two-minute solution, I'll usually take it. Here, a color burn gradient was the source for the history brush. Painted it on at a low opacity, with repeated strokes. Burned a few mid tones and shadow areas, dodged some highlights, and we're done. Not perfect, but hopefully passable.
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:15 AM
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Re: How to restore this image using PS CS4

Thank's Kraellin

Thank you for your wonderful effort.
I've just spent the whole afternoon using layers & brushing a darker colour on.
Still no where near as good as your effort.
Image is still to light and I'm starting to lose some detail.
Although I am still learning Photoshop.
I'll try and digest your method and give it another shot later.
Hopfully I would like to repost my effort for some C&C.

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Old 09-24-2009, 04:19 AM
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If there's a two-minute solution, I'll usually take it. Here, a color burn gradient was the source for the history brush. Painted it on at a low opacity, with repeated strokes. Burned a few mid tones and shadow areas, dodged some highlights, and we're done. Not perfect, but hopefully passable.
Your two minute job looks better than my effort thats taken me all afternoon.
It seem to be with photoshop there is more than 1 way to edit a photo and I am taking the very long option, that I would prefer to avoid.

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Old 09-24-2009, 10:26 AM
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Re: How to restore this image using PS CS4

Well after all this time, I still got lots of work to do trying to get this image better.
The jeans are still too blue and there is still some fading.
Thanks for your input so far PPL.
Using gradient fill to start made things a bit easier.

Is there a DVD tutorial with this type of photo restoration available?
As I have video tutorials on other software and find it much easier to follow.

My effort so far.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:53 AM
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Re: How to restore this image using PS CS4

What kind of scanner are you using???
It looks very good to me even with the light problem.
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:19 AM
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What kind of scanner are you using???
It looks very good to me even with the light problem.
I'm using an Epson V700. The slides are scanned at 4800dpi.
The full size scans will have just basic touch ups such as dust / scratch / light fade / colour correction.
I'll then make a lo res copy of theses images and make my father a DVD slideshow.

Cheers

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