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    Hi Im new to restoring photos, im using adobe photoshop. I have a few old photos with damage and noise iv been able to edit and retouch. I have this photo of my mum and nan. Is there anything I can do to make the colours better and to make out details including the faces better. I have tried a few things but have been unsuccessful. Thanks Lee.
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  • #2
    Color Cast in old photos is a fairly simple fix, but there are several approaches that depend on the kind of color cast and other things like contrast.

    A simple first method might be to:
    1) Duplicate the background layer (cntrl/cmd+j)
    2) Set the new layer Mode to Color
    3) Go to Filter>Blur>Average
    4) Invert the color (cntrl/cmd+i)
    5) Reduce the layer Opacity to about 50% (or to taste)

    Another method is to:
    1) Duplicate the background layer (cntrl/cmd+j)
    2) Go to Filter>Camera Raw
    3) In the BASIC panel, Click the little eye-dropper next to the White Balance pop-up then click somewhere in the walkway of the photo.
    If the results are a little off, try different areas of the walkway to get closer to the right colors. Also, reduce the Saturation or Vibrance slider.

    There are other methods that can be used as well, but they can be a bit more complicated. This should get you started.
    Regarding the facial details, create a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, reduce the contrast and brighten the image slightly, then invert the mask (cmd+i) and paint with a soft-white brush where you want to lighten the faces.

    Hope this helps.


    • #3
      Great, thanks for the advice il give both methods a go and see how they turn out


      • #4
        Oh, thank you, guys! I am also trying to restore an old photo of my dad, and I had no idea how I could actually make the colors feel warmer. My dad's birthday is coming, he turns 50 years old, so I would really like to give him something special. That is why I want to edit this photo and make it look perfect or make it look modern. My dad is a photographer, so it is going to be pretty tough to impress him. The only time he was impressed by a photo was when he first saw Peter Lik's works. You can find some of Peter's works here, trust me; you will also be impressed.


        • #5
          Photo restore is commonly used to fix pictures with the Technicolor film. It can be applied to any photo editing software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, and Capture One. After applying photo restore, you can check the result in the preview pane of the software before saving the file. It is convenient if you want to edit pictures differently without downloading a separate application. Anyway, you can try custom paint by numbers. I made in this way an excellent gift for my girlfriend. She was thrilled with it.
          Last edited by Wolbachia; 08-23-2021, 12:39 AM.


          • #6
            Is Photo Restore an app? If so where do you get it?


            • #7
              as a beginner learn many thing from here and i also want to know that without photoshop there have any others application or software to restore a photo.


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