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Old 04-30-2011, 02:59 PM
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Severe color cast problems

Hi,
My name is Dariel and this is the first time I have posted to this site. I am currently working on a digital photo genealogy book for my father's side of the family. I have run into several problem photos that are giving me fits. On the one I am attaching, It took me days and probably 50 attempts to get it this far but what is bothering me now is the purple in my Dad's pants and shirt. I can't get the purple to brown without everything else shifting drastically. I've tried every combination of histograms, channels, color cast, etc... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:07 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

Hi Dariel,

welcome to RetouchPRO :-)!

Since the blue channel in this image is pretty bad, I replaced it with a channel mixer.
To do so, I went to the blue channel, subtracted 20% red from it (to make the faces darker), added 100% green and added 20% blue to the mix (all starting from 0%).

Next I used a curves adj. layer on "Color" mode and the gray eye dropper to find a neutral area in his shirt.

After I did this, I wanted to drive the colors apart a little, so I used Dan Margulis' Man from Mars Maneuver.

Edit: I'd probably add a little surface blur on "Color" mode or do some manual painting in "Color" mode as well, because some areas still show up a little blue.
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:31 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

I think you have gotten pretty far with your attempts.

Lots of ways to get there... I used some levels (not traditional level techniques) techniques to get to close to where you were.

Then I simply began to paint in a "COLOR MODE" mode. This you may have to do finetune and/or finish your project.

Good luck!
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:11 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

Photoshop
color balance & selective color.
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:48 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

Here's my attempt
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:05 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

I really think that at the point that you are at... you will have to start making some decisions about color (what color "was" everything) and paint with color mode to get exactly what you want. Like for instance, maybe your Dad was wearing a classic red flannel shirt of the times... maybe not.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:48 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

I didn't use any false colour this time.

Took it into Lab and made a brutal curve in the b channel. I aimed for a decent skintone, figuring that I could correct the rest in RGB. This left the whites as an insipid green.

Back in RGB, I gambled that the girl's shoes were black, socks were white and the boy's collar was white and drew curves to set then as neutrals, forcing some contrast into the image. A hue/sat layer moved the skintones a bit closer and a final curve just to tweak everything into position.

I wasn't sure of the colour of the girl's dress - a light blue perhaps - or whether the boy was on a rock or earth, so left them as they turned out.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:57 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

This original is NOT only severely casted, but it is also stained and/or chemically altered in irregular patches. So, I really don't think that any selection of points for realistic reference tones will totally bring in the image to its original color and tones.

One should note that there is likely a BLUE sky as the image has strong casted shadows which imply the sun is shining.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:26 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

Thank you everyone for all of your input. Obviously, it is possible to get some pretty descent colors from this photo. I am back to work tomorrow (I hope, after some other projects) to improve my skills when it comes to severe color cast issues.

D.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:43 PM
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Re: Severe color cast problems

My attempt is just using 2 curve adjustment layers. There is no false colour. The first curves was done in colour mode. Then a second curves layer using a mid contrast s curve in luminosity mode. One thing to remember with old colour photos is that the emulsions used back then were not as good and the latter day equivalents. So colour reproduction was never as accurate.
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