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Old 02-07-2011, 01:52 PM
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Partly faded oval photograph

Hi

I am looking for some advice about how to restore a partly faded oval shaped photo of my grandmother. As you can see it has been displayed for many years in a frame in which the border covered the outside of the picture, meaning only the central section that was exposed to the sun became faded.

I am fairly proficient in Paint Shop Pro 7 and also have Photoshop CS4 but would not say I am an expert! Any advice about how to approach this would be much appreciated.

The photo is here:

http://imgur.com/RNEQg

Mark

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Old 02-08-2011, 04:08 AM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Hi!
There is another thread with quite the same problems (and solutions ), there:
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...nd-damage.html
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:58 AM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Great, thanks very much.
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:24 AM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Hi

I enjoy doing these.

I used the blue channel for the outer area and the red channel for the inner area.

More info here

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...ged-slide.html


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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Ken, excellent job!
Regards, Murray

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Old 02-10-2011, 09:06 AM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Ken. you have done an amazing job!
Could you give more clues?
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Hi.

Thanks for the comments. I’ve not been around for a while – been busy with websites - however I hope that I should find a little more time in the future.

How it was done.

Take a look at the channels. The red channel is the cleanest and contains the most detail in the ladies eyes and face however it contains little detail in the lower area of the ladies cardigan or the upper windows in the house.
These missing details are present in the blue channel.

Copy the red channel onto a layer and loosely select the lighter oval area. Add a levels adjustment layer and adjust the levels to 0, 0.25, 255
The result is in my layers pallet as ‘red done’

Now the blue channel
Copy the blue channel onto a layer and add a layer mask. Paint in black to let most of the red layer show through in the centre area. (see the blue layer)

See the first picture.

Now that the luminosity is almost done the colour can be added back. Drag a copy of the background to the top and stack and set the blending mode to colour.

A little cloning is required round the edges of the oval

The picture is almost done but has a yellow cast.
Add another levels adjustment and adjust the levels

Red – no adjustment
Green 0, 0.95, 255
Blue 0, 1.31, 255

That gets us to picture 2

That’s the main bits done. The rest is a bit of painting, cloning, sharpening etc. and I rotated it straighter.

My layers pallet up to this point is in picture 3

Hope this helps. Just ask if you need any more info (I use PS7).

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Old 02-10-2011, 04:55 PM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Thanks a lot for a clear instructions.
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:40 AM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

Ken

Your work is incredible - thanks very much for the advice.

Will try to follow through the tutorial and see how far I get!

Best wishes

Mark
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:05 AM
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Re: Partly faded oval photograph

I seem to have fallen at the first hurdle! I can see how to toggle the visibility of the separate channels but how do I copy a single channel as a new layer? When I try to duplicate the original layer and then delete the green and blue channels it forces me to merge all layers which I know I don't want.
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