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Old 02-27-2010, 01:54 AM
fstr21 fstr21 is offline
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severe stains

Dont mind the bottom grass section I am not too concerned with that just yet, I was more concerned with the far right 2 people, the X over the guys face I could probably take care of with some tiny tiny cloning, what say you all about the stains though. its pretty severe. Feel free to play around with it, just would like some input before I dive too deep in this and pull my hair out.
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Old 02-27-2010, 08:53 AM
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Re: severe stains

There are many ways to address the yellow stains. Even though the orig was a B&W photo, scanning in color and leaving the yellow makes it easier to restore. First and quickest method that comes to mind is to add a B&W Adjustment Layer (PS CS3 or later). Drag to yellow slider to the right until they stains blend in / disappear. After you restore the image, you can sepia tone it if you prefer a that yellowish look.
Other methods would be to convert the image to LAB color and work on the lightness channle or make a mask from the B channel then go back to RGB and dodge / burnaway the yellow stains. I think for this image the B&W adj layer is the fastest way to go. Attached is a 30 sec B&W adjustmet layyer.
Good luck with the restoration.
Regards, Murray
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:28 PM
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Re: severe stains

Using an older version of Photoshop (vers 7)

Ctrl +U = Hue/Saturation (yellow - saturate (-100), Lightness (+100))
Multiply layer about 55% Opacity

used Polaroid dust and scratch filter, 'Light' box UN-checked, on a copied, hide all masked layer, painted out the dark spots using white paint, merged down, copied the merged layer then run the noise filter again with the 'Light' box checked, on the copied layer, made another hide all mask, painted out the light spots using white paint,

These tutorials may help also

A tutorial on 'bringing out' faded details

Restoring an old photograph
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:11 PM
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Re: severe stains

I had a little play with it. still needs finishing off.
I used blue channel
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:31 PM
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Re: severe stains

Here is my try.

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Old 02-27-2010, 04:39 PM
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Re: severe stains

thanks for the responses everyone, i like the bw adjustment layer method. you all are always so helpful
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