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Old 06-15-2010, 12:59 PM
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Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

Hello All,

I have been working on restore an old photo of my sister in law who passed away at 4 from cancer. I undertook this project for my inlaws as all of their pictures have aged and lost color over time. Here is what I started with:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1291/...77bf397a_o.jpg

And here is what I have been able to do with my limited abilities in Lightroom & Photoshop:

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1283/...004524fa_o.jpg

The links are full resolution versions. Any help or direction you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:40 PM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

Jase, welcome to RetouchPro. Youhave done a good job cleaning up the stains. The overall color is off, giving the skin an unnatural hue. I did a quick color correction which I think may be closer to the original. I did not do any retouching since you seem to have a good handle on what to do there.
Good luck with the restoration.
Regards, Murray
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:33 PM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

I did the colors over from scratch.
This is normally easiest way for me
to get the original colors back.

She is a beautiful little girl.
Cancer is awfully sad and especially
so when it involves young children.
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:36 PM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

That is awesome work. Wish I had that ability... I keep practicing . Here is what I was able to do.
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Old 06-15-2010, 03:41 PM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

I know the color looks poor in the original but truth be told there is plenty of color information left in the image to get good color corrections without having to colorize her by hand (which is rarely the ideal solution and only work if your good and colorizing).

This was my attempt. I set a black and white point adjustment in cures. Set sample point on her forehead and left cheek and did a skin color correction by CMYK number in the info pallet. Added an additional color balance to finish off the skin corrections. Used several selective hue and saturation adjustments to deal with color casts, stains. I didn't do an fine tuning but for a few minuets worth of color corrections I think the image is in a lot better of a starting point for the rest of the corrections.

I've included my color corrected version as well as a screen shot of my layers pallet.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:00 PM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

ratpat13, I agree but it works both ways.
To get good color correction, you have to be good at it too!
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:07 PM
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that's very true. You have to go with what works best for you. I just enjoy finding color in places I don't expect it to be.
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Old 06-15-2010, 11:15 PM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

Here is my attempt...
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Old 06-16-2010, 12:37 AM
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Re: Restore Old Photo (taken in the 70's)

Jase1125,
I really like your result. At first I was thinking that there may be one or two global color contaminants messing it up. But, after fiddling, it appears to be many color issues. So, you may have to do some masking and handle each problem area separately. But, with a little patience, I think you will have an excellent result.

Very good job.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:46 AM
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Hi, Jase1125.
Even now, after such a long time, let me say I´m so sorry to hear this. This beautiful little angel should live now with your family but God´s decisions are sometimes so different.
I have color balanced a version, almost the same as Murray (mistermonday) and I´m offering for free, of course, to do a complete orange spots cleaning of the face, arms and hair. I´ll let to you the option for the background cleaning or enhancing.
I´m really so impressed, I have a 5 years grandoghter and she is the sun light of my life. I know very well what means to have a little angel in your house. God bless her soul.
I´ll have this work for you this weekend.
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If you are a new one in the business do this for practice:
1.take the Murray´s balanced sample and apply 2% noise / dust and scratches.
2.take the paint brush (B), change the "Normal" mode to "Color" and fix the opacity in some 50-55%, the brush size 25 pix, hardness 0%.
3.go to the orange spot, take a side color sample of the clean skin (press ALT and clic over the good color).
4.paint the orange spots with the same routine. take a blond hair sample and paint the whole hair area, it has a red hue.
5.after cleaning the spots, retouch all of them with the clone brush, 30 pix (or less) brush size, 30-40% opacity. Have a lot of patiance and you´ll do it good.

Regards,
Florin

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