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Old 02-02-2013, 09:56 AM
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Advice needed on restoring old photo

Would appreciate any advice on how to tackle this photo.
Specifically,
  • removing the red stains
  • cleaning it up without losing too much texture
  • adjusting the contrast so the faces 'pop' a little more without losing too much detail in the highlights and shadows
  • opinions on whether to convert to black and white or not

Attached are both the original and a copy of the work I have done so far. You will notice that all I have done is cloning and healing. I thought I would ask for advice first before I proceeded any further.

Many thanks,
Syd
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:23 PM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

use the red channel
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:31 PM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

I think I would duplicate the layer (the new layer) put the top layer inoverlay mode and reduced the opacity or fill by maybe 50% or so
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:43 PM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

i opened the channel mixer and then selected the "black and white with orange filter" that seemed to remove most of the red dots but did transform the picture to black and white. i selected the background and put in a gaussian blur to make the children stand out more. i hope this picture gives you an idea of what it would look like in black and white. i personally prefer the original tone but still cant figure out how to use the red channel to remove the spots.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:04 PM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

Syd, I did this quickly. I started by using 16 bit mode. Used the eydropper to sample color and made a new blank layer filled with the color. Invert the layer and switch blend mode to hue, take opacity to 45%, now the color cast is gone.

I added a multiply layer and masked it out and then painted it in over the faces and the rug they are sitting on because the next step blew out the faces without this layer. I set the layer to about 25% and I think it's still a bit much.

I let curves do its auto magic.

Then I used the preset in curves for linear contrast.

Last I applied smart sharpen set to lens blur at 70 and .06.

BTW, I normally would do everything above and then do my healing, but that's just me.

One more thing, if you want the pic to have it's original hue just save out a sample of the color you sample in the first step and add it back in when your done on a new layer set to color with the blend mode set to taste.

Edit, I looked again and I think you gain something by darkening the background with a multiply layer.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:13 AM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

Thanks for your suggestions.

I used the red channel and put the color back as per crazyfly's suggestion. The rest was just healing and cloning and a lot of dodging and burning. I resisted the temptation to give it too much contrast because it just blows out the whites and blocks out what little information there is in the shadows.

I could still work on it some more but I am pretty satisfied with the way it has turned out.
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:20 PM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

Wow, great job! You must have spent quite a bit of time on the background. Did you use a plug-in or noise filter for the background and clothes or is that all healing brush?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:41 PM
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Re: Advice needed on restoring old photo

No plug-in noise filters. That was all dodging and burning with a little bit of the clone tool and healing brush. Some patch tool, too. Thanks for your suggestion on how to replace the color.
Syd
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:59 PM
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Give a shot at Syd's pick

A before and after look
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