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02 February 2006, 10:25 AM
not sure if this is the place to put it. i'm trying to restore some old photos of my relatives, i've done some basic touch up but i'm not sure whereelse to go from here on. would appreciate any tips.

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02 February 2006, 05:06 PM
It appears you've only done some color correction at this point. Next, I'd work on removing that stain on the left and replacing the faded area toward the bottom...

02 February 2006, 09:13 AM
Does the place this photo was taken still exist in approximately the same configuration? If it does, and you can go there, I'd suggest taking a digital camera and waiting until the shadows match the ones in the photo, then stand about where the original photographer stood and take a new picture.

Then, in photoshop, see if you can replace the stain/fade on the left with the new picture, and then adjust the new section to make it blend with the old.

If that place doesn't exist any more, or you can't easily get there, try to find someplace similar, at least that might match the left side of the picture, and try the same thing.

The other option would be to reconstruct the left side of the picture as a pure photoshop painting.

Either choice would be a pretty big challenge. This kind of work isn't easy!

Good Luck! Please post your progress, if you continue!

02 February 2006, 11:07 AM
To remove the stain using photoshop, this is a quick fix.
it seems that the red layer is the least affected by the stain and blue the most.

Go to channels in the layers window

go to the blue layer and put a selection around the black stain using the magic wand. Fiddle around a bit with the selection so it covers the entire stain.

go to the red layer and hit ctrl+c (Copy)

go to the green and blue layer and ctrl+v

this is just a fast fix. You would have to work a lot to make it look really good, but it's a start.

General tip, though. Check between the RGB layers to see what color is least affected and copy that to the other channels.

for the white stains on the right side of the photo, you'll need to use the stamp tool, since the color white carries through on all channels.

02 February 2006, 04:19 PM
thanks for the tips.

i'd like to repaint that area, just as a challenge to myself, though it would still end up looking really bad.

to richen the colors in the photo, especially that of the grass, how should i go about doing that?
i experimented around by making copies of the layer and overlaying them, playing with the colors and blending, but it still feels under exposed, especially the light areas.

adjusting the curves doesn't really help, the stronger contrast makes the faded areas more obvious.

03 March 2006, 09:35 AM
The way I would do it, would be to do exactly what you have been doing, that is, making copies and using different blending modes, like color burn and overlay.

Color burn will give you a rich green, while completely darken out any shadows. It would still be a good choice if you just cut out anything not green in the picture.

As I'm sitting on a swedish version of photoshop, I might be wrong about the blending mode being color burn. If you count the "normal" layer as nr. 1, I would use nr. 5.:)

Hope I make sense here.:)

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