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    Been trying for months to get this photo restored, yet my results haven't yielding satisfying resuwlts. Anyone willing to take a gander at my progress to help me get it right please. ould be really appreciated. My guess is that one of the channels is corrupted;blue, perhaps.
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    Re: Need help restoring old photo

    Started with a Levels adjustment layer, a few color tweaks, then some minimal repairs just to get started
    Looking at your previous work I'm sure you have a much more discriminating taste and can take this picture much farther than I have with this quickie presentation but thought I would give it a try..
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    • #3
      Re: Need help restoring old photo

      A selective levels adjustments on a low frequency layer would prevent over accentuating damaged parts.
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      • #4
        Re: Need help restoring old photo

        Here my mine.
        Blue is a little bad, but works.
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        • #5
          Re: Need help restoring old photo

          Hi.

          Was this ever a colour picture?
          I see a sepia cast to this image but no colour. Increasing saturation adds blue greens to the tree and background but the same blue green is added to her hair so I see no way of keeping the green in the tree without colouring selectively.

          If this was ever coloured then so much colour info has been lost that there is little point in keeping it.
          I made the best B&W image and then coloured it.

          (Pic 1)
          Channel mixer to make the luminosity from 60% red and 40% green
          Levels adjusted

          (Pic 2)
          Sepia added

          (Pic 3)
          Hand Coloured

          Ken
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          • #6
            Re: Need help restoring old photo

            You've all done amazing jobs at your restoration, teaching me a few new things I hadn't known.

            I forgot to include this in the original post so here it is which is my original attempt at restoring this photo. What I did was painted the skin, gums, and clothes since apparently the color channels are too damaged to repair. This photo was originally in color.
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            • #7
              Re: Need help restoring old photo

              Great job OlBaldy & Chillin.

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              • #8
                Re: Need help restoring old photo

                I made an attempt. I played with the color channels adjusting the contrast and brightness on them to get the color better and then using the clone tool set to color to get rid of the few dust spots and then sharpened it.
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                • #9
                  Re: Need help restoring old photo

                  Here's my take... levels, color balance and some very quick coloring
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                  • #10
                    Re: Need help restoring old photo

                    Too cameraken.. did you paint the color in the shirt?? ...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Need help restoring old photo

                      Hi

                      My picture above is completely hand coloured

                      The OP says this used to be a colour picture. But I found that there was so little colour info left that I decided to make a B&W image then hand colour it.

                      Regards

                      Ken

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                      • #12
                        Re: Need help restoring old photo

                        looks great and nice detail work on the sleeve

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