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Old 09-10-2012, 12:48 PM
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removal of mild discoloration

hello all, i have an old photo that had a mild discoloration on the bottom of the photo, i tried using curves to get rid of it but i keep messing up the photo. Any help on a course of action would be appreciated.
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:48 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

Well the tone of the photo is different across the photo so you need to correct a portion of it using levels or curves adjustment layers and then paint in the correction in the layer mask, so that only the proper part of the photo is changed.

Also since this is a sepia tone its helpful at times to convert it to a black and white photo to do your corrections. The spots themselve probably can be corrected via healing brush or clone tool.

At the end place the sepia color back in.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:41 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

A different approach would be to use a black vignette to hide the discoloration. This is what I did in the attached photo.

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Old 09-10-2012, 03:09 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

Im still trying to change the tone of the photo like you mentioned. i feel like im missing a step, should i change the bottom of the photo first and change the entire photo? The bottom is really frustrating me, it just wont go away, maybe im looking at it wrong.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

Hi! When I saw your photo I thought to myself that there has to be a way to mask out that discoloration utilating channels or similar as there seemed to be a blue cast to it.
First I tried with calculations, I even used Chris Tarantinos All Channels action to have more colorspaces to choose from, but I still couldnt get a mask I was happy with. So here is what I went with:

1 So I tried the easier way: Select>Color Range
This gave me a mask I felt I could use. Far from perfect, but ok-

2 I used the mask with a curve, i downed the blue, I downed the green a little
less, and I downed the red even a little less. I also downed the RGB
I adjusted a little back up with another curve later, so this step you really
need to try and fail

3 I then blurred the mask

4 I used Image>adjustments>levels on the mask to get even more white on
my mask

5 My goal was to do this without the brush, but I did a little bit of Dodging
and burning on a softlight layer. Just a few strokes. (I also used a couple of
light strokes on my mask)

6 Now to remove the dust and cracks I used Katrin Eismanns blending and
moving layers technique.
Make a merged layer
Set to darken mode to remove white dust
Use the move tool and your keybord and move the picture two or three clicks
to the left and down. You should see the dust go away.
Put a black mask on the layer and paint with a white brush on the mask over
the dust speckles.
Now merge visible and do the same for black spots but use lighten mode.
You can probably do this step just as good with the healing brush

7 Finaly remove noise, and then some sharpening.

Its not perfect but for a second attempt ever on restoration I think I could
have done worse.

I still belive there has to be another way of masking out that colorisation more perfectly and without the brush. I think I will have a look at Jonas Ws tutorials again tomorrow. He seems to be the goto guy when it comes to colors (one of them anyway, there are many extremely resorceful people on this forum)
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:13 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

Levels... darkened Blue and Cyan using Hue/Sat.. converted to B/W.. evened the tones by using multiply and screen layers, masking off initially with gradients then selective areas.. sharpened eye irises... brightened teeth... Painted blouse splotchy areas.... cloned arms... patched and cloned the bottom to even out the repairs... removed some noise.. sepia tint @ 60%
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:21 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

I had to step away from this photo for a couple of days, its driving me nuts, is there a basic way that someone can show me. All i want is to be able to get rid of that blue discoloration.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:26 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

The easiest way to get rid of the blue is to convert the photo to black and white and then deal with white spots in the ways already described; patching, cloning, adjustment layers etc and the put sepia back in
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:55 AM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

beruli, You've gotten suggestions from folks with a lot more skill and experience than I have but... then you asked for "basic" so here I go. Get rid of the white edge with the crop tool and then make a selection of the blouse (not arms) that is discolored using the patch tool. Now drag the layer down to make a new layer and then drag your selection up a bit (make sure patch tool is set to source). Change the layer blend mode to darken. Now you'll make several smaller selections and drag them to tidy things up. BTW, you got rid of the white edge because it messes with the patch tool, you can add it back if you like. I suggest this method because I don't believe your problem is really color, it's luminosity. If you change the blend mode from darken to color and then to luminosity you'll see why I say this.

I added what I came up with. Could use more work over on the lady's left. What I did took about two minutes.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:29 PM
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Re: removal of mild discoloration

Here is an easy fix. Pick one of the lighter tones of the image. I chose bfafa0. New layer, above the original image, set blending mode to color and fill. This will even out the color, f that is the intention, but will not fix the damage on the bottom. That you just clone in. Hope this helps.
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