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Old 06-16-2004, 10:35 PM
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1950's Photo

Hi everyone. This is my first restoration of a color photo from the 1950's. It is fairly faded from being in a collage frame. Just looking for some feedback on what I've done so far to make sure I'm on the right track.

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Karen
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Old 06-17-2004, 12:02 AM
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Hi Karen!

I definetly think you're on the right track. I just don't think you've gone far enough. There's 2 issues going on in your pic. First is there is still a significant color cast. The other is that you need to pump up the contrast.
Let's not get too heavy right now. Just go to Image: Adjustments: Levels: open up your reds and move your left and right sliders to meet the edges of your histogram. Do the same for the Green and Blue channel. There's lots more you can do but this should significantly improve your image. Try it and let me know.

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Old 06-17-2004, 12:48 AM
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Hi Dave,
Still here following your threads, nice job. Going to see what i can do with this photo by following what you told me before. I understand when you said there is more that can be done and not getting to heavy right now.
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:20 AM
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Hi Karen,
Tried your photo and here is what i did.
1. Duplicated Background Layer
2. Used eye dropper (sampler) for the light and dark areas
3. Uses curves on indivual channels to match all numbers
4. Used curves again to give it a little pop
5. Hue/Saturation for color correction
6. Unsharp Mask to finish
Hope this helps, Dave showed me how to do this so he will be able to help you more than what i have done.
Dave, it looks like i have blown the pillow out a bit.
Total Time, about 10 minutes
Wayne
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:32 AM
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Forgot to attach the photo, sorry
Here it is
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Old 06-17-2004, 01:38 AM
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Hi Wayne, your latest image is a tad on the small side, could you post a larger image so we can see your latest effort a little better.
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Old 06-17-2004, 09:25 AM
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Sorry about the size, hope this is better. Need to work on this file size thing.
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Old 06-17-2004, 10:18 PM
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Hi Wayne

In analyzing your pic, there still is a strong colorcast. The brightest part of the image is the collar. I get a reading of 235/236/214. The first 2 are fine but you have to increase the blue from 214 to 236. The darkest part of the suit is below the elbow. I get a reading from your pic of 33/34/18. Remember you have to bring high numbers down to the lowest number for shadows so you have to change 33/34 to 18. Highlights are the opposite. Move the lower figures to the highest value.

When I removed the colorcast myself, the mans face was too ruddy, so I would select his face and adjust it thru Selective Colors:Reds:Magenta. There's certainly other ways of working it.

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Old 06-18-2004, 12:40 AM
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Hey Dave,

Thanks for the input. Originally I did clip all the histograms in Levels but it still didn't look right so I tried clipping less but that didn't help a lot either.

On my new version (color corrected only) I clipped all the histograms and then based on what you told Wayne I added some curves moving the highlights and shadows as you mentioned.

Let me know if this is more on target - I don't want to restore the damage again until the color is right!

Thanks,
Karen
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Old 06-18-2004, 01:36 AM
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Hi Wayne, like your latest image, as Dave says, there is a slight colour cast, but in my opinion it looks better for it. There is a warmer feel to the image, whereas total colour correction gave it a somewhat cold look.
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