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Old 09-23-2010, 11:23 AM
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Help removing stains

Hi,
I'm new here, and relatively new at retouching, was wondering if someone had some suggestions how I might remove the stains from this image.

Step by step would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:32 PM
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Re: Help removing stains

Well this is an interesting problem. Usually I take a look at the color and channels and try to correct the global color first. Notice that the blue channel is much worse than the red channel. It looks like this is a sepia tone with some painting of the brooch and the iris of the eyes.

I placed a levels adjustment layer and clicked auto and that created too much luminosity and a blue tint.

I identified a gray point located in the background next to the person's right cheek and used a gray eyedropper on it and the results were similar.

So my initial thought would be to use a channel mixer and convert it to a black and white photo and just use the red channel for the conversion and then start working on the stains.

Finally put the color back in.
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Old 09-23-2010, 01:55 PM
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Re: Help removing stains

Hi VaPhoto. Here's a quick sample of what you can do by D&B on frequency separated layers. If you are not familiar with these techniques there's plenty of info to be found here at RP. Do a search for D&B (Dodge and Burn) and frequency separation. Good luck,
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Old 09-23-2010, 02:40 PM
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Re: Help removing stains

Wow thanks LonK, very nice work! I'm going to have to look around here and see if I can find more info on your techniques.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:51 PM
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Re: Help removing stains

Well I took another route. I used the channel mixer to convert to black and white and touched it up using a brush, cloning and healing and then put the sepia back in .
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Old 09-23-2010, 04:13 PM
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Re: Help removing stains

you could try this tutorial by Russell Brown
http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...RsvyVD1aYbFcxg
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:32 PM
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Re: Help removing stains

Here you go.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:53 AM
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Re: Help removing stains

Lonk, I would like a little clarification of how you restored the photograph. Good Job.
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=439098

My guess is that you had three layers, the background layer, the GB layer and the High Pass layer and then dodged and burned each layer separately. Is that correct?
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:59 AM
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Re: Help removing stains

Lon,
Did you D&B right on the frequency layers? Which one? Or did you clip a grey layer to one of the frequency layers? A little more explanation would be helpful.

thanks
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:11 AM
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Re: Help removing stains

I repaired only the red channel, with painting with a soft brush and tones out of the pic, over the Stains and the replaced the colors of the green an blue channel with the channel mixer.

It took 15 min.

Here is the Result
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