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Old 11-04-2009, 06:07 PM
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Grandparents Restoration

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.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:30 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Overall, nice restoration of your family photo. Congratulations!

Things in the order I perceived them as being off:
Color is somewhat over-saturated. Maybe reduce by 25%.
The bright baby blue neck ties and handkerchief
The lady to the right, her eyes may be too bright even after toning down the saturation.
The brides necklace area, not sure, but aren't they large loop buttons?
The flowers could possibly look better as pale pink?
Lastly the color of the dresses may need tweaking some.
Oh yea, bring back the far right ladies belt buckle.
You may want to bring out just a hint of beige color to the background.

Your restoration is fine without the above suggestions and is worthy of framing and hanging on your wall to be admired by everyone. Great job and great family history!

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Old 11-04-2009, 09:35 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

I am not an art critic, but I like what I see. If I saw the before and colorized after on display, I would be very impressed with the colorized copy. Well done.

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Old 11-05-2009, 04:16 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Aartist thank you for the suggestions. That was exactly what I was hoping to get. I did some adjustments to what I had earlier. I think you kinda lose your objectivity when you keep looking at the pic in photoshop. When I did see it posted here, I did notice that the colors were too saturated. I did decrease the color. I also did see that eyes were too bright. So I went back and lowered the brightness of that too. I changed the flower color to pinkish.

The woman on the right seems to have some shadows or folds in her dress. I didn't look like a belt. So I just went in and lightened the shadows up. Did it help?

The brides dress and the ties and also the shirts on the guys have been bothering me also. It almost seems like it's too bright, and too dark at the same time. It wasn't blown out, but I couldn't whiten those areas, and at the same time, it won't take color either. So I was very limited as to which colors would even show up there. Any ideas what can be done to improve those areas?

I added some sepia to the background. Do you think it helps, or makes it worse?

Thanks a lot for your help. Any other suggestions are very appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:41 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

I like the hint of background color you added.
If you look at the original, you should see the ladies belt buckle.

Great Job, I'm liking it!
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:39 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Rob,
I like the second version much better. Colorizing is a bit subjective, making it difficult to critique. I simply prefer older images with only a bit of color, similar to what they would have done in those days to color it. So, that is why I prefer #2.

You may also want to experiment with adding back just a little of the original grain. All of the restoration work has softened it quite a bit, which is always a tell-tale sign of the restoration.

Also, as a matter of adjusting the image to draw our attention to the newlyweds, you may wish to adjust the contrast of the woman on the right. Being lighter, our eyes tend to wander that direction.

Otherwise, it is coming along nicely. Funny how they didn't smile for photo's back then, even for a wedding.
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:39 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Thanks for the kind words and great suggestions. I know I'm not anywhere in the league that most people here are, but you gotta start somewhere. I love getting critiques, it's the only way to learn.

Aartist, I went back to the original, and I can see what you mean. The darker areas in the woman's waist are folds in the dress, and the lighter part, that looks like a buckle is really spots where the picture was missing. But you're right, it DOES look like a belt.

TommyO, good idea about the woman on the right being a bit bright. I didn't notice that all, but now that you mention it, she does need a bit of darkening.

I'll continue tweaking the pic. Thanks for the help.

Any other ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot!!
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:44 PM
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The eyes need to be redone, some what like this.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:29 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

So, you are saying the item within the red circled area is not a belt buckle?
Edit: Oh well, it's the perfect spot for one and if I didn't have the original
photo to verify, she would have one whether she wants one or not.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:37 PM
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Re: Grandparents Restoration

Yea, it's the paper underneath the photo. A few small flakes fell off the photo.
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