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Old 07-24-2013, 08:36 AM
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I'm attempting to remove the silvering from this photo of my grandma. I tried using lurch's instructions several times, but I must be doing something wrong because it really do anything. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:02 PM
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Re: Silvering

You may get a satisfactory result this way - I assume you are using Photoshop?
  • Curves layer to get overall density and contrast correct
  • Hue and Sat layer reduce the blue and cyan by adjusting the saturation and lightness to -100 each
  • D&B layer to dodge the brides dress and other areas that need lightening and burn background to disguise uneven tones
  • Channel Mixer to set monochrome image
  • Optional use Sepia tone as this example or just leave as is.
The attachment is a quick example and is a starting point to refine the image. Wait a few seconds for the image to change before and after.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:30 PM
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Re: Silvering

Hope this helps.

1. I first check the channels
2. I chose the red channels then did image, mode, greyscale and discard the rest of the channels!
3. I did a level adjustment layers
4. done a copy put mode to multiply to darken certain areas
5. then done hue/saturation adjustment layer
6. colour for sepia hue 49 saturation 13 for the sepia colour

hope this helps
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:45 AM
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Re: Silvering

A huge thank you to Tony W and sergio2263! Both of those methods were much easier to do than what I had been doing and they both look much better. I tried both and will continue playing with them to see which one I can make look the best. Then I'll clean up some of the remaining graininess. Thanks again!
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