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Old 08-25-2004, 11:38 PM
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Print too dark-1947 wedding photo

The attached photo of my parent's wedding prints too dark. It looks better on the screen, but even the screen could use some lightening-especially the skin tones.

I scanned this picture and have done lots of work on it. I ran Neat Image (to get rid of LOTS of noise) and Focus Magic on it. In Photoshop CS I spent a significant amount of time repairing and working with the dust & scratches filter. I got rid of the remaining noise using Curves.

I'd sure appreciate hearing from folks who have ideas to help lighten the skin tones.

Thanks so much,

Vi
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Old 08-25-2004, 11:45 PM
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vadkins,

skin tones look perfect to me ... maybe your problem is in the printing/monitor calibration/photoshop color settings areas. believe me if that is the case, you won't be alone - it is very common. or maybe you are looking at how dark the dark areas are in your photo - if that is the case try the shadow-highlight tool to open up the shadows.

hope this helps,
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:47 AM
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Hi Vadkins

On my monitor the picture has way too much contrast. The whites on the dress are blown out and the mans jacket is totally black with no detail. I think you should rework it so the brightest highlite reads about 245 and the shadows around 15. As far as the skin tones their appears to be a very heavy concentration of cyan. Also, it my opinion the skin tones are too light, almost pasty. Keep in mind, I think my monitor is pretty accurate but not spot on. Hope this helps.

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Old 08-26-2004, 11:48 AM
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Hi Vi,

Welcome to RP!

...I think my monitor is calibrated in a similar way as Dave's ....

The contrast is much too strong .... I still managed to tone down and bring out some details in your Mom's beautiful dress ...

The skin tones were just fine as Roger pointed out, I only selectively toned them down a bit, trying to achieve an increased 3D illusion on your parents' faces ...

As for the shadows, as Dave said, they are solid black ... no detail whatsoever ....

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Old 08-26-2004, 04:51 PM
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Wedding photo

Flora, your work is continually some of the best I see around; and your insight into exactly what is needed to fix things up is always right on target. You really know your stuff!
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Old 08-26-2004, 08:12 PM
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Great feedback-this is super!

Thank you so much for the ideas/feedback. It sounds like the problem isn't just my monitor then but rather the image.

I should get to try the ideas over this weekend. I'm still slow at this stuff. I'll try going back to the original and earlier versions to check specifically as to how much detail are in the black of my Dad's uniform.

The dress is beautiful. My mom made it herself-without a sewing machine probably.

This image is worth getting right so it's worth spending the time.

Vi
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:59 PM
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Janet,

Thank you so much for your kind words!!!

Vi,

It surely is a beautiful picture of a beautiful couple and worth every minute you spent restoring it!!!

You did an impressive job

As for the shadows, if you could post the original scan, as long as there are any, we could help you trying to bring out details in your father's uniform ....

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Old 08-27-2004, 03:32 PM
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Original wedding picture scan

Attached is the original scan. I invite any suggestions please of what step to take next. On my previous posted image I ran Neat Image first to get rid of the noise, then Focus Magic, then the Dust & Scratches filter, repaired the scratches with the patch/clone tools, then color corrected with Levels. Used curves to reduce remaining noise. I'm thinking that Curves may be where I lost so much of the detail.

Thanks again for all the help!

Vi
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Old 08-29-2004, 01:03 AM
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Hi Vi,

the compression artefacts, mostly in the darker parts of the picture, weren't easy to get rid of ...

Here is what I did:
  • Duplicated the Background Layer.
  • Used the Curves to correct tone, contrast and balance lights and shadows.
  • Used Channel Mixer to turn the image grey.
  • Merged Visible. (a Tip on how to merge visible without losing the underlying correction Layers can be found here).
  • Created a Shadow Mask:
    *Ctrl+Alt+~ (Luminosity Mask selected)
    *Ctrl+Shift+I (inverted selection = Shadows Mask selected)
    *Ctrl+J (copied it on its own Layer)
  • Run Neat Image (soft setting) on the Shadows Mask to decrease noise in the shadows.
  • Merged Visible.
  • Run Neat Image (soft setting) on the whole image to further decrease noise.
  • Run Brightness&Contrast to lightly increase contrast.
  • I created new empty Layers (Blendings: Soft Light, Overlay) and used soft Black and/or White Brushes (adjusting the Opacity), to correct and emphasize separate parts of the picture individually.
  • Merged Visible.
  • Created a Luminosity Mask:
    *Ctrl+Alt+~ (Luminosity Mask selected)
    *Ctrl+J (copied it on its own Layer)
    set its Blending to Multiply to tone down and bring out details in your Mom's dress.
  • Merged Visible.
  • Used USM to sharpen the image.
  • Used Hue&Saturation to lightly colorize the image.

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Old 08-29-2004, 01:29 PM
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WOW-stunning results!!

I am floored at the fabulous job you did with this image Flora! I'll try applying your directions myself. If you don't mind I'd like to upload the image after each step so you can tell me what you think. My Photoshop skills are good compared to the average person around, but you've done things I don't think I've heard of.

This is the first time I've posted here or anywhere else re an image I've worked on. So glad I did this. I'm sure from what I've learned here my photos will be so much better than they would have been.

Vi
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