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Old 01-28-2010, 02:17 PM
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Restoring face color

I have a picture that is about 34 years old (attached) and I need the color restored to the face. What is the best way to go about this and also the best and easiest software to use? I am new and thanks for all the information contained in this forum. It is really interesting.
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:38 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

Jeanora, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, have fun!

What software are you using for photo repair?

A larger scan/copy of the picture might help a lot.. This is less than 1/2 inch @ 600 resolution therefore very pixelated

If you use Photoshop you can post fairly large pictures which are under 100k using the 'save for web' function in Photoshop as described here:
Size, Quality and/or Format your Attached Images.. (Click here)

If you want to post a larger resolution that is over 100K then you can host your image elsewhere and attach a link in the thread, but also please attach an under 100K version (so the thread remains useful in the future, regardless of external links).
Other Hosts if you do not have your own site:
ImageVenue.com (3Meg max, free) pixentral.com (2Meg max, free) photobucket.com (1 Meg max free, 5 Meg PRO) mediafire.com (100 Meg per file, free) post a link in the thread to the site that is hosting the larger image.

This is auto levels and color then a few masked multiply layers

A larger size scan (8X10) with everything automatic turned OFF (Levels, brightness/contrast, color, noise reduction, etc) should help you get much better results
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:25 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

i've moved this to the restoration forum where it shld get more attention.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:45 AM
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Re: Restoring face color

Thank you so much...
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:39 AM
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Re: Restoring face color

A larger size photo attachment would be nice.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:40 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

I will try to attach a larger one. Thanks
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:20 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

Jeanora, Nice photo!

For photo editing, I recommend using Corel's PaintShop Pro Photo, my personal favorite. Normally $35 to $50, so it's very reasonably priced and very easy to use. There are some free programs out there but harder to use, like GIMP.

Photos like this one sometimes do better with the color completely rebuilt.
You have to ask yourself what the intended purpose of the restore is for.
Lots of restoration work is dependent on subjective criteria. You will need
to answer those questions for yourself.

I used "reduce fade", then increased the color with "hue and saturation" by 50% and then added a little noise to soften the face. You may want to use the darken/lighten function to increase contrast with facial features and hair even further. Good Luck!
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:27 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

My try @ the larger pic Done same as before
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:37 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

Blue Dress,
Pretty little girl.

PS3

Levels, noise reduction in PS3.
Color bush and dodge and burn tools.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:44 PM
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Re: Restoring face color

Hello everyone thanks for the pics. This is my oldest daughter about 35 years ago in my 1st birthday dress from about 50 years ago. I have both of my daughters as well as all 4 of my granddaughters in this dress standing on the same piano stool that I stood on when I was 1 year old in 1959. I am going to try to attach the pic that I have been trying to do for your viewing. I am the fat one in the middle.
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