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Old 03-17-2011, 05:18 AM
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Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

Hi All,

I have been lurking on the forum for a while, but this is my first post, so please be gentle with me.

I have an old faded photo that I am looking to restore. Having read many many threads on this forum I have been trying for some weeks now to improve this one, but every time I adjust colours, levels, adjustment layers and so on I end up with a horrid blue patch right in the middle of the image which is not apparent in the original which I have attached.

The picture has been scanned numerous times on different scanners and has also been photographed, but the blue keeps coming back.

I have never come across this before and am aging prematurely trying to figure it out.

I have been trying to do it now by cutting out the people and recolouring them one at a time, but I am not sure if there is a more effective way to do it and I would really appreciate any thoughts that members might have.

This is the original scan.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:23 AM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

.......and this is a copy of my latest effort. I have cut out the people (which I know I need to tidy up - I am working on that now) and have taken the blue colour out of the shirts (fairly simple to do) and am starting to work on the faces (not at all simple to do).
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:15 AM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

try using the replace colour brush.
Use colour mode and continuous sampling.
Play with the tolerance till you find what works.
Then alt click to sample a good bit of skin colour, then paint over the blue on the faces.
It should replace the blue under the cursor with your sampled colour.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:38 AM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

I would scan the image twice on a high end drum scanner. One scan 'normal' and one much darker and then blend the two files together selecting the best areas of both images. Then get stuck in to the details! A lot of good stuff gets lost in poor scans.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:43 AM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

Appears to have been sepia originally, or maybe a serious acidic paper/storage reaction.
Suggest you desaturate first (Ctl+U), then levels (Ctl+L), spot D&B as needed on a 50% gray Soft Light layer (Ctl+Shift+N), then colorize or take it to sepia.
Masks on the adjustments as you see fit.
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Old 03-17-2011, 12:16 PM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

Hi

Terry B, Repairman and Spotter. Thank you very much for your replies and your comments.

Some of the things I have tried and some I have have a go at shortly.

I know it looks to be Sepia, but it was a full colour image but has been hanging on a wall in direct sunlight for about 30 years, hence the current discolouration.

I will keep plugging away and thanks very much once again for your comments.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:07 PM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

try auto adjust...then manual adjust
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:59 PM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

Hi El Mago

Thanks for the suggestion.

I can get as far as that but it leaves me with this great colour cast that stubbornly refuses to go away. It's what I need to do next that has me stumped.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:20 AM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

This sure looks like a sepia. There just doesn't seem to be much color info. If you want to work in color here you could copy the blue channel and paste that on a new layer using luminosity as the blending mode. That would help.

As for me I would treat it now as a B&W image.

Notice that the blue channel is relatively well preserved.

I used a black and white adjustment layer and just used the blue channel to convert to black and white.

On top of that layer I used a levels adjustment layer.

From there you can start. At the end you can put sepia back in if you wish.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:18 AM
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Re: Faded Image With Nasty Blue Colour Cast

Hi Phil

Thanks for your comments and the work that you have done on this.

I promise you that this was a full colour image originally. I have another 28 of these in various states of decay.

Most of them I can get back with too much of a problem, but this one still ends up with the horrid blue cast across the middle that I cannot get rid of, other than by individually recolouring each person which is turning into a bit of a nightmare.

I will try following your suggestions and let you know how I get on.
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