A&P need some help... V. Restoring old photos

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  1. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    My grandfather has a bunch of pictures taken from the 40's or so that he's asked me to restore for him.

    They're all shots of family and friends and such, and their badly faded by the sun. All yellow and crap.

    Any ideas how I can restore these? I haven't had much luck with photoshop...

    thanks
     
  2. Colonel Panic

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    Photoshop is only a tool. Restoration is an acquired skill.
     
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    Fair enough.

    Any better tools? Or tutorials on how to acquire this skill?
     
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    post examples of the pics
     
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    Yea, do post the scans. I might do one for fun.
     
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    My dad can do awsome photo restorations.

    I'm afraid i can't help i've not got that skill :hsd:
     
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    Here's an unedited scan.

    I'd really appreciate any help I can get. His 80th B-day is August 19th, and I'd love to have these done for him...

    [​IMG]
     
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    damn, thats pretty good.
     
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    Dude, that's fucking amazing!!!!

    Can you teach me how you did that?!!??!?!
     
  12. convert original to greyscale then add layers of color ftw :bigthumb:
     
  13. Colonel Panic

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    That's one way. I tried to preserve some of the color that was once there.

    Many roads lead to Rome. Which one is the best? :dunno:
     
  14. Very true that's why photoshop is soo great! :bigthumb:
     
  15. Oh and to the thread starter I woudl suggest scanning your photos at higher resolution, at the resolution you posted you'd be lucky to get a decent print. Unless you plan on bringing your laptop and flipping through all the photos for all who attend your gathering.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips guys...

    I've found some really good tutorials off of retouch pro and worth1000...

    The photos are scanned in at 3500x2400?, and are much, much better than the one I posted here. Didn't want to post a life sized shot... But I appreciate the suggestion.

    I'll be posting back here when I start attempting to do this for real. May have to wait til I get back to work on Monday though...

    thanks again, and Panic, i'm still shocked at your work. Very nice.
     

  18. Oh ok you should beable to get some good prints at that resolution. Just make sure your photoshop work is clean. For me prints always seem to point out my photoshop shortcuts and flaws :wtc:
     
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    Would you mind sharing the steps you took to restoring that photo?
     
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    I got about the same results with the color mixer and levels adjustment. What was your process Panic?
     
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    Redna,

    can you share your process? Panic, yours too? I'd appreciate any info at this point!
     
  22. Colonel Panic

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    One way is to convert to grayscale or desaturate first and retouch it before you add back the color. Use curves or levels to bring back the faded tones and then selectively burn in the washed out areas.

    I started by neutralizing the overall image first with curves. You can tell by the way the neutral gray turned purple in the area outside of the crop. I like to do it that way because it preserves some of the subtleties of the original color.

    I usually have no canned recipe to go by. Just start with the obvious.

    Good luck, have fun and thanks for the nice comments.
     
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    Well, since i didnt know what the hell i was donig, I just played with the color balance in the Image > Adjustment > Color Balance.... for a long time...

    Once i got the colors half way decent, i adjusted the levels to my liking. That took me a while too.

    I dont really have a specific method, but those are the tools that I used.
     
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    pic of your finished product?
     
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    thoughts of my attempt?

    [​IMG]
     

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