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Old 11-11-2009, 05:45 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

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On a recent trip home, I found an old picture of my grandparents. It was in pretty bad shape, and I thought about restoring it. I really haven't done this before, but this photo gave me the inspiration to try.
I have PSE6 and really only use it to tweak my digital pics, so this was a stretch for me. I'd love to hear comments on how I did, and more importantly what I did wrong, and what your suggestions are to improve it.
This is my first attempt at posting, so I hope I get it right. Thanks in advance for your help.
Great restoration and coloring!

With your finished work, I added selective curves adjustments and lighting to add contrast and less of a 'flat' look. To add a bit of color to the window light, I painted with yellow on an empty layer in color mode.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:55 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Gary,
Also nice. Maybe some selective masking could help. Unfortunately, it has brought out a lot of unwanted grain/noise in the darker areas on the left, in some of the mens' jackets, plus a bit in the wedding dress. The window does look rather nice.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:23 AM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Thank you.

In this case, I added overall noise in keeping with the 'older photo look'.

Cheers.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:53 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

I'm new here, so this is my first post. Your final picture looks great, lots of hard work! The only thing that I will add is that the men's faces should have just the tinyest smidge of cheek color. They look kinda dead right now. Also you might think of using PS to alter the brides mouth to a faint smile. She does not look happy and probably would not want her future generations to see her like that on her wedding day.
Good luck!
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:36 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

i had a go at just the restoration. a good colorization begins with a good restore.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:00 AM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

I have a similar type picture that I would like to restore and add some color too. I also use photoshop elements. can someone please tell me the exact steps to take to do this. all i know is to use the healing brush or spot healing on small specks and clone tool on bigger ones . thank you
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:50 AM
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Alira,
It's always better to start a new thread, not append an existing one.

With regard to the "exact steps", between this thread and thousands of others on RetouchPro, you should find what you need. Try using the the Search function (drop down at the top of the page), then the Advanced Search. Look only within the Restoration forum. Then again, you may not need to do a search, as most of the threads in the Restoration forum deal with similar images. Just do some manual trolling through those threads.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:15 PM
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okay, thanks will try looking some more. it did seem that the ones I did look at, the threads just showed the before and after with very little explanation. also this one was so similar , fix old b/w , then colorize using photoshop elements rather than photoshop.

as far as tacking onto a previous thread, different boards seem to have different policies concerning this. in future will start a new note.
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