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What kind of damage is this?

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Old 01-25-2011, 11:45 AM
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What kind of damage is this?

Hello everyone! I am new to this forum (as you can see) and I have some basic knowledge in retouch work. But, I've come across a picture that has stumped me. I've scoured the internet trying to find more information about the type of damage that was done to this image. However, I have been unsuccessful. I don't want to seem like I am "bumming" a free retouch. In fact, I would like to know the steps in retouching such an image so that I may pass the knowledge to someone else. If anyone can help me out, I would be very grateful.

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Old 01-25-2011, 01:50 PM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

looks to me like it was taped into one of those framed photo holders (the ones with many size / shape cutouts for different pictures) in a sunlit area for a long, long time. I wonder whether the color replacement tool in PS would help bring the colors back - do it on a layer to protect the original!
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:51 PM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

Try selecting the damaged circular area and hit Ctrl+J to jump it to its own layer above the background. Change the blend mode of that layer to Multiply. Then hit Ctrl+J two more times to duplicate that new layer twice. Now you have two options: You can add a new coloring layer on top to recolor the circular area which is now yellow or you can desaturate the entire image to convert it to B&W. You will need to clone and heal around the perimeter to fix the circular edge. The use of a gray scale vizualization layer on top will be useful to match the luminosity of the circular area to the rest of the image.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:04 PM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

Just a quick try.
Copy Layer. Levels. Set white point to girls dress. Set black point to shadow between kids. Set gray to medium area on tree. Play around with colors in Hue/Sat. Select oval area. Select inverse. Delete background area on copy. Adjust background layer to match oval area. Still needs color correction, but better than original.
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:20 PM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

Very impressive - I'm glad I joined this forum - I know I'll learn a lot!
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:18 PM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

Wanted a try at this to see how much colour could be restored. I decided not to worry at all about the area outside the oval centre of interest. This could be masked out and matched with a little time if important

Converted image to LAB then first curves adjustment to get me somewhere near. Had to replace colour in highlight areas as these went a little too Cyan.
Another curves layer to tweak a little more.
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:12 PM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

I'm not a retoucher but I remember a similar thread about a photo of an airplane with light streaks or something. I think you need to start with fixing the faded part first, then the background and then try using the clone tool to remove the circle outline. I gave it a shot but like I said I'm not a retoucher.

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Old 01-26-2011, 12:22 AM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

I want to thank everyone who responded. I really appreciate your efforts. I just got home from work but, i will try everyones methods tomorrow morning. When I complete the retouch, I will post the image along with my procedure. Thanks again!
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:26 AM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

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I'm not a retoucher but I remember a similar thread about a photo of an airplane with light streaks or something. I think you need to start with fixing the faded part first, then the background and then try using the clone tool to remove the circle outline. I gave it a shot but like I said I'm not a retoucher.

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Impressive Joe!
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:16 AM
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Re: What kind of damage is this?

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I'm not a retoucher but I remember a similar thread about a photo of an airplane with light streaks or something. I think you need to start with fixing the faded part first, then the background and then try using the clone tool to remove the circle outline. I gave it a shot but like I said I'm not a retoucher.

Joe
Fantastic work!
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