retouching trouble

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lovesnoopy
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retouching trouble
Feb 3, 2013

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I got this photo from a friend that asked me to see if I can do anything to it to make it look like it did 25 years ago.  I'm having trouble finding the right white balance and when I do, it seems the original photograph has a lot of yellow "colored in" on everybody's neck, on the mom's glasses, and at some spots on a few faces.  Would love to see what you all can do with it or if you can tell me how to get it look like it did!

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Re: retouching trouble
In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

Start with a levels adjustmnet layer and adjust each channel by pulling in the sliders till they just touch the starting points if the black graft.   There is some color damage on the faces.  add blank layers and sample skin color on face then paint with a brush set to color mode on the damage.  use blank layers for each repair.  you may have to dub the repair layer to increase the effect.  do a final color correction useing selective color  RED  for most of it   this will adjust the skin tones

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Basically one click...
In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

One click auto adjust, desaturate red walls, then bring back color in drapes. Done with Corel



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family photo

I got this photo from a friend that asked me to see if I can do anything to it to make it look like it did 25 years ago. I'm having trouble finding the right white balance and when I do, it seems the original photograph has a lot of yellow "colored in" on everybody's neck, on the mom's glasses, and at some spots on a few faces. Would love to see what you all can do with it or if you can tell me how to get it look like it did!

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In reply to mikes, Feb 3, 2013

It's not perfect but I did my best. Hope you like it.

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In reply to mikes, Feb 3, 2013

Thank you so much.  That's amazing!  Thank you so much for not only showing me your version, but explaining how it's done.  When you say you used Corel, which program specifically is that?

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Re: My version
In reply to Martin87, Feb 3, 2013

That's good too, but still have the yellow necks to deal with.  Thanks for your work!

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In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

I use Corel PP, but PSPX5 may even be better, I just had PP open at the time.

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Re: Basically one click...
In reply to mikes, Feb 3, 2013

any chance you can upload a larger picture so I can see the necks better?

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Re: retouching trouble
In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

Here is my version.  Removed most of the yellow areasm minor specks and writing at lower right.

regards....Allen

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In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

lovesnoopy wrote:

That's good too, but still have the yellow necks to deal with. Thanks for your work!

I dealt with the colours on the necks as 'stains' because they are far too localized to be a part of overall image colour restoration scheme. Yet, they are part of the deterioration that affects all the image. The green stain on the left edge and the young man pants, the yellow on the necks and faces, also a brownish colour on the neck of the man, they are all localized yet with similar effect across the image. So I tried to remove the stains, not by cloning or healing tools, but by colour selection tool, and applying hue and colour balance adjustments. Colour selection affects the whole image although it is concentrated on the stains.  After minimizing the stains I worked on the colour balance of the image as a whole. The remaining stains can be removed by cloning and healing tools I guess but I didn't do it. Here's my go.

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In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

Click photo to enlarge and/or go to loupe view

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Re:Allen.....super edit....love how you kept the details in the whites!! re: retouching trouble
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Allen Gerdes wrote:

Here is my version. Removed most of the yellow areasm minor specks and writing at lower right.

regards....Allen

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Re:Allen.....super edit....love how you kept the details in the whites!! re: retouching trouble
In reply to faith2, Feb 3, 2013

I agree.  SUPER edit!  Thank you so much!  How did you get the results?

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Re: Basically one click...
In reply to mikes, Feb 3, 2013

Great restoration, mikes.  Best of show!

Tom

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Re: Thanks, Lois (nt)
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Allen

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Re:Allen.....super edit....love how you kept the details in the whites!! re: retouching trouble
In reply to lovesnoopy, Feb 3, 2013

Well, lovesnoopy, I really did not keep track of my workflow, so I cannot tell you exactly.  I did use levels to color correct, along with HSL and Curves adjustment layers.  In PSPX5, I used the makeover and cloning tools to correct much or the specks and to clone out the writing.  Used separate layers in color mode and painted out the color corruption on them.  Used USM to increase sharpness.

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Mostly, correcting for the numerous colour casts and bleeds, colour adjustments, darks/lights and saturation with selective curves adjustments and masks. Touched up by painting on new layers in colour mode.

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In reply to Babine, Feb 4, 2013

Wow this is really good!

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