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How to restore colors on old comics ?

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Old 02-25-2006, 01:58 PM
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Here you go--I thought having the noise smoothed out looked too perfect.

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Old 02-25-2006, 11:12 PM
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bart,

it's been a long while since i had comic books, but what i recall of the earlier ones was that they didnt have 'noise' so much as they had 'grain' from the paper covers. usually, i dont make much of a distinction there, but in this case, i'd say you have to. you had 'noise'. if you added a fairly fine grained paper type texture, it might be exactly as the original comic covers....but again, this is mostly from memory. i'd have to go take a look at a swap meet to be sure.

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Old 02-26-2006, 12:00 AM
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In practice, it shouldn't be a huge issue because the person doing the retouching will know what is noise and what is paper grain. Removing the grain probably just makes it look like the original that the artist drew.

I actually have a pack of comics in a box somewhere--I believe I recall Fantastic 4, Thor, Hulk, et. al... These would be 70's vintage (gads, that's getting to be a long time ago...)


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Old 02-26-2006, 12:28 PM
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bart,

i forgot to say, i think your last image was pretty close to what was. nicely done!

and again, without having a reference copy to hand, i'm only guessing at the grain/noise issue, so yes, it might be closer to the original artwork or the cover, depending. but i think you've got the colors and saturation and luminosity right. looks good.

70's vintage? yes, some, but the early Marvels were 60's vintage. i know this because i had a friend in high school who was something of a collector and i graduated in '68. he had his collection appraised a few years back. that old stack of 25 cent comics is now worth over $25,000. so, yes, you might want to go check out that box you're talking about

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Old 04-30-2006, 07:18 AM
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Hey all, great topic!
I run the website for the most excellent cartoonist M.K. Brown (most known from National Lampoon in the '70s and '80s). I find myself having to restore scans from very old National Lampoons that have seriously yellowed over the years. Here's a sample of what I'm up against:
MK Brown cartoon strip sample

I think the colors are reasonably fine, but the old 'newspaper' stock has gone horribly yellow/brownish. Using PhotoShop7. Image > Auto Levels seems to help alot, tho not consistantly. Should I stay away from this "Auto" approach?

Edit: Since I've become a member, I can see what works been done on superman. I'll give these things a try.

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Old 04-30-2006, 09:20 AM
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Hi Cristofer.

Welcome to Retouch Pro.

Auto levels will usually improve things, but using the black and white points can sometimes improve things further.

The top picture is with auto levels and the bottom one with the black and white points as shown.

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Old 04-30-2006, 09:44 AM
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Just using curves and setting black and white points a few times gets me this
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:27 AM
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Re: How to restore colors on old comics ?

oh cool! I want to do that too! but because of my old computer it's really difficult...

I'm going to sell a comic to a flea market but my friend convinced me to keep a digital copy for personal reading.
Like that I could have a look to it on my tablet or computer.

but the pictures need a good restoration or retouching i think
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