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  • Getting out the Red

    Because the fading of dyes in color photos follows a reasonably predictable manner, i.e., cyan takes the heavy hit followed by yellow then magenta, you might try this the next time you run into a decidedly reddish cast in an old photo;
    (1) open the Color Balance dialogue box in PS or its equal in your editing program
    (2) add cyan to the shadows, midtones and highlights at around 30% or so( you have to judge this for yourself)
    (3) do final adjust.
    Fading of dyes in color photos becomes evident and objectionable at around 30% loss. Depending on what other deteriorative processes are present, simply adding cyan and perhaps a smaller amount of yellow can work wonders. The attachment shows the result of adding cyan at 30% to shadows, 24% to midtones and 18% to highlights with no other tone/color etc. adj. done. Tom

  • #2
    Excellent tip Tom sice that is probably one of the most common problems to correct. Love the example correction.
    DJ

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    • #3
      Another excellent tip. Thank you Tom.

      Ed

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      • #4
        I tried this tip and it works great! Much better than what I was doing. Thank you!

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