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  • Can't Get The Look Right

    I started with this:

    start.jpg

    and tried a bit of restoration, thus:

    end.jpg

    I'm quite happy with the results, except for one thing - it looks like an old photo!
    (I mean apart from the content). Not sure how else to describe it - almost like it has a sort of general cast to it?

    Has anyone got any suggestions? Should it be cooler? Warmer? Colour balanced?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Re: Can't Get The Look Right

    I'm not a pro, but maybe this way?

    http://i.imgur.com/iKAR7EU.jpg
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    Last edited by flowbox; 12-26-2013, 09:14 AM. Reason: added photo

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    • #3
      Re: Can't Get The Look Right

      The general cast seems to be too red/magenta. As a start (and working on your edit) you could use a curves layer and drag the red channel down as seen in the attachment. Refine as required
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      Last edited by Tony W; 12-26-2013, 09:23 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: Can't Get The Look Right

        Thanks for this guys.

        @Flowbox - can you tell me some of the things you've done with yours? You seem to have managed to retain much more detail than my heavy handed processing?

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        • #5
          Re: Can't Get The Look Right

          First of all, I have increased the size of the photo

          I worked with clone, spot healing brush , healing brush, I have isolated the background and applied a little bit of gaussian blur, various step in camera raw with photoshop CC ... including little bit of sharpening and noise reduction

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          • #6
            Re: Can't Get The Look Right

            I tried again and I'm happier with this! Thanks for the tips!

            CarolineStuartSean2.jpg

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            • #7
              Re: Can't Get The Look Right

              Here's my take on it.
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              • #8
                Re: Can't Get The Look Right

                It's always a tricky area, but I would go with the original tone of the photograph. It is an old photo, it was not taken with a modern digital and would probably benefit from looking its age. The clothing says late 70's early 80's (no offence intended if the image is later!) I imagine the colouring of the image should also match the style.

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                • #9
                  Re: Can't Get The Look Right

                  Your red channel is a bit blown, which is typical for the way mini-lab photos from this era would have aged. It's not something that can be done in one adjustment, but I would probably start this way, then make secondary corrections on the highlight areas where there are problems, and pull more red out of the hair. It still looks faded, so I would address that. The brighter clothing should have a bit more detail. Keep in mind for the really nasty compensation for bad channels, channel mixer is your friend for the first round of correction. That's all I really wanted to show here. It can cause some problems. I can see problems in the highlights around foreheads, and it didn't do enough in the hair. It's a good way to start though. I hope that helps.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Can't Get The Look Right

                    Subjective colour correction.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Can't Get The Look Right

                      Originally posted by Gary View Post
                      Subjective colour correction.
                      I think the background color of this image is worth matching with the persons and looks quite good.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Can't Get The Look Right

                        Thank yu.

                        Cheers.

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