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Old 02-06-2012, 07:11 AM
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Question Too far gone to fix?

Hello everyone, first of all I'd like to say thanks to everyone on this forum who has posted help, advice and guides: thanks. I'm a long time lurker, but a first time poster - so go easy on me

Anyway, the core question is this, with reference to the photo in the below link, can it be adequately re-coloured to reasonable standard or is it just too far gone?

Iíve personally been trying to fix it and have been playing around with the levels (Image-->Adjustment-->Level) using a RGB image, the result can also be found following the link.

Unfortunately, as youíll see my attempts are amateur at best. So if the photo is fixable and anyone has got some suggestions/wants to offer some help, it would be much appreciated.

As a closing thought, Iím far from being anywhere near to a pro with Photoshop (as youíll have seen from the link ), but I can follow instructions

Thanks Again,
Mrtiff_SE

http://s1065.photobucket.com/albums/u390/mrtiff_se/
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:05 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

The original colours in this photo is gone, and if you want it in colour it would have to be recoloured by hand. This is hard to get looking good imho.
You could try to boost the image heavily using Curves + Vibrance/Saturation to figure out what some of the original colours were.

Personally I would restore this to black and white/sephia and skip restoring the colours.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

Thanks for the reply Chain - It's a downer to hear that the colours have gone and Black/White is the likely way forward.

Does anyone else have an alternative view or wants to give (the same) second/third opinion?

Either way,
Thanks.

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Old 02-06-2012, 11:28 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

I made it a sepia.
Heal
Lightly color
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:15 PM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

Thanks Cupcake - It's nice to see some color back in the old photo.

I'm guessing your diagnosis is the same Chain, it's too far gone?
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:31 PM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

It would take a lot of time and patience...but it could be done.
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:38 PM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

hawkeye60 - how?
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:41 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

youll have to select different parts and on a different layer add the color you think they would be and blend it to the original image.
(not saying it will be easy)
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:07 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

The photo is very easy to colourise I shall upload a colourised sample.


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Old 02-07-2012, 03:35 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

here is colored version
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:40 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

I've done a quick example sorry I don't have much time just to show it can be colourised.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:55 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

Hi,
I've just launched my new website www.marthasdarkroom.com and I'm trying to get awareness going. I could have a look at this for you for free as a test image. Just go to my site and use the upload form to send me the image and I'll sort it for you as a freebie. All I ask is if you're happy with it maybe you could write a sentence testimonial that I can add to the site. Thanks
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:14 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

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Originally Posted by MarthasDarkroom View Post
Hi,
I've just launched my new website www.marthasdarkroom.com and I'm trying to get awareness going. I could have a look at this for you for free as a test image. Just go to my site and use the upload form to send me the image and I'll sort it for you as a freebie. All I ask is if you're happy with it maybe you could write a sentence testimonial that I can add to the site. Thanks
No need to hijack another thread - feel free to post your link and invitation for a freebie here: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/your-website/
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:59 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

Sorry, wasn't intentionally hijacking a thread, just offering help with his picture.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:59 AM
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Re: Too far gone to fix?

Big thanks to forum users "Dataflow" (added a watermark or is that squiggle part of the damage?) and "sergio2263" for their help so far. If you do get more time, I'd love to see the results (and I'd be happy to put something in your PayPal tips jar).

Apart from seeing the photo come back to life, it's just so great that you people are willing to help a stranger. Thanks again.

MarthasDarkroom: Okay, I'll take you up on your offer and will post the results.
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