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Old 04-18-2008, 06:22 PM
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A little help with a faded photo...

Hi everyone,

I have a photo of some kids that I would some help retouching. I have tried it, but mine just isn't that good. I don't know what it is missing. I used levels some other stuff and included the files here:

PSD file:
will be posted within the next day.

JPG:
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...yyoungcopy.jpg

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Alex
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:06 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

Alex, Is this a link to the Original or what you have worked on?

If you post a less than 100K picture here we could click a thumbnail preview and wouldn't have to go off site to evaluate your picture.

Just the addition of catchlights in the eyes may help some.
or change the back ground
~~Original~~ catchlights~~ change BG ~
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File Type: jpg DevraAlexandLibby-veryyoung.jpg (99.3 KB, 25 views)
File Type: jpg catchlightcopy.jpg (98.3 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg catchlightgrey.jpg (98.7 KB, 23 views)

Last edited by 0lBaldy; 04-18-2008 at 08:51 PM. Reason: added pics
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:43 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

Try this. I corrected the color, warmed it, and sharpened it. If you don't like the color (which is just a matter of preference), use a cooling filter to add some blues.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:46 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

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Alex, Is this a link to the Original or what you have worked on?

If you post a less than 100K picture here we could click a thumbnail preview and wouldn't have to go off site to evaluate your picture.

Just the addition of catchlights in the eyes may help some.

~~Original~~ catchlights~
Oh, heck, good catch. I didn't even notice they were missing (though I had thought about using a lense flare on the picture).
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:54 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

Ok, i have converted the file to a smaller format and here it is. This includes the before and after.

Also, i posted the PSD file that i have edited using CS3:
http://www.mediafire.com/?ngd1ma3yjtm
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File Type: jpg Devra-Alex-and-Libby---very-young--low-res.jpg (62.8 KB, 18 views)
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Old 04-19-2008, 02:50 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

wakebordr,
The save for web option in CS3 will save your PSD at below 100K without reducing the physical size much and with pretty good quality..
Click save for web (alt+shft+ctrl+S)
on the right side of the pop up just above the "Optimize" box (that should be checked) there is a circle with a blue arrow in it.. Click on the arrow
In the box that pops up.. click optimize to file size..
In the next box that pops up type the number 98 into the desired file size box.. press OK
If you have 2 up showing the number below the second option should change to something under 100.. if it does.. click save and give it a unique name in a place you can find to upload later. (You will see a large difference in your present post and your posts using this method)

As far as your picture goes, I think it looks pretty good.. but, the previous comments still apply.. when you got rid of the catch lights the eyes lost their sparkle and the children took on a zombie look.. The edges of those black iris centers need softening by a small blur brush on the perimeters to blend in with the rest of the pupil and the catch lights added back in..

Hope this helps
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:16 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

Ok, here is my final one with a light reflection on the eyes.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:24 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

Alex,
I think it looks fine.. BUT, You are the final Judge..
Are you happy with it? OR, do you still think something is missing?
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:47 PM
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Re: A little help with a faded photo...

I thought that it was done. What else would you do. I think that it looks pretty good for my skills. I am just a beginner so i don't know that much stuff.

Thanks everyone for the tips and advice.

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