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Old 06-30-2010, 10:30 AM
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Help, any idea's would be welcome

A project no doubt,this a german hotel circa turn of the century,just trying to glean some strategy on how to approach it.Thanks, Bill
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:35 PM
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Re: Help, any idea's would be welcome

Here is my go at it. A very nice photograph despite its dirty and discolored state, but that's what we are here for.

I don't know if you intended to keep the cardboard boarder, for the sake of simplicity in my demonstration I cropped it out. Though usually I would try and keep it.

I started where I always try and start, with global adjustments and color corrections, usually by setting the black white and gray points in a curve adjustment layer. This dealt with a lot of the color and tonal issues. I added another adjustment layer to brighten and add some contrast. Then I made a duplicate of the background, underneath all the adjustments, and ran a noise reduction plug-in, and masked out the building (it killed the texture of the brick which I didn't like). I made another duplicate layer and did some dust and scratch fixing. Not enough to get it done but enough to clean up some big issues. Then I added some selective adjustments, including the lightening the sky and the white uniforms. I added another adjustment layer for a bit more contrast and then channel mixer set to monochromatic. I choose channel mixer over black and white because the blue channel had a lot of nasty noise which i didn't want to introduce to the black and white conversion, so channel miser set to +50 for red and green worked for me (though a better combination may be found).

Hope that helps. Always start with your global luminosity corrections.
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Old 06-30-2010, 12:58 PM
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Re: thanks

I appreciate your skill and knowledge Iwas able to follow you on a lot of the work but am still having issues with the background, thanks again
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:17 PM
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Re: Help, any idea's would be welcome

Glad I could help.

Looks like you brought out more grain int he sky then i even managed to see. I would run a noise reduction filter, even photoshops built in one, and mask it to the sky before trying to do any major changes to it.

I've attached a screen shot of what my layers pallet looked like and the curves adjustment i made to lighten the sky along with its mask.
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:29 PM
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Re: Help, any idea's would be welcome

I gave it a quick try and basically went along the same route as ratpat13

I know it is not a part of a restoration but I had just downloaded some cloud and bird brushes so thought I would try them out on your picture

Added a Sepia layer

LOL, I totally missed the 5 flags and the coil of rope/wire.... I thought they were smudges...
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