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Dec 02, 2013 19:26 |  #1

I have been trying to fix up an old photo of my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary to give to my mother for Xmas, but not having much luck. Can anyone give me some advice, or am I fighting a losing battle! I have PSE 11. I had to 'exort' this one to be able to upload it, the file got really 'crunched'!

(LOL at the guy sleeping in the back, we never noticed him until we started trying to fix this picture up.)

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Dec 02, 2013 22:17 |  #2

I'm not familiar with PSE 11, but you'll need to work on white balance and saturation and contrast to start, and then work with lots of layers to "paint" color back in one section at a time. I don't know if you can do that in PSE 11 or not.

I could show you an example of what can be done in Photoshop, except you don't have Image Editing OK turned on. Should I post my example?


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Dec 03, 2013 07:52 |  #3

Thanks, I did set image editing to "ok", never used that function before. PSE has layers. I also installed a trial of lightroom last night. Any help would be appreciated.
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Dec 03, 2013 08:48 |  #4

Some of the guys here do amazing things with old, faded images, but I think they'd want to start with the original full image size.
Personally, I'd convert it to B&W. ; )


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Dec 03, 2013 08:57 |  #5

B&W is an interesting idea.

@OP, I'll retouch it for you, I just need an original file to work from. PM me if you don't know how to post an original online and I'll give you my e-mail address.


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Dec 03, 2013 09:20 |  #6

This is just a quick stab at it using the image you posted. I'm really bad at retouching skin, even on good images. I'm sure there are folks here who can do way better than this. But just as an example...

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Dec 03, 2013 10:12 |  #7

S.Horton wrote in post #16497886 (external link)
B&W is an interesting idea.

@OP, I'll retouch it for you, I just need an original file to work from. PM me if you don't know how to post an original online and I'll give you my e-mail address.

Thanks, pm sent. Big lax fan here too! Son was a college goalie...


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Dec 03, 2013 10:12 |  #8

M_Six wrote in post #16497941 (external link)
This is just a quick stab at it using the image you posted. I'm really bad at retouching skin, even on good images. I'm sure there are folks here who can do way better than this. But just as an example...

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Thanks, that does look a lot clearer. Wish I could find a class for pse!


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Dec 03, 2013 10:33 |  #9

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Thanks, pm sent. Big lax fan here too! Son was a college goalie...

Cool. My son is a junior in HS, starting varsity goalie. He's become pretty good.

I'll look over the photo, then e-mail you the result. If you're ok with it, I'll post it here too.


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Dec 03, 2013 10:56 |  #10

Great! Sounds good.
My son had to quit in college after a severe concussion from getting pushed into some bleachers head first practicing in the gym (on top of his previous wrestling and football ones...). he had to switch to the golf team, but really misses lax!


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Dec 03, 2013 11:33 |  #11

Here is a real quickie in LR. It would be much better with the orig larger file and some more time spent but it can be made better.


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Dec 03, 2013 11:59 |  #12

Incremental changes to mine. That background is a bit of a bear. And those candles...

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Dec 03, 2013 12:02 |  #13

Wow, I am impressed, especially with the small file I could upload. What did you all specifically do?


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Dec 03, 2013 13:14 |  #14

For the colors I created a new layer, changed the blending mode to Soft Light, and then painted in the blue of his suit, the yellow of the flowers, and white on her dress. Each on its own layer. Then I adjusted the opacity of each layer so it looked right. I used Photoshop CC's new RAW filter to use an adjustment brush on the background. I lowered opacity, clarity, and sharpness to sort of mute it out a bit. Then I duplicated the base layer, applied a Gaussian blur, and used a mask to soften the pixelation on their faces a bit. I added just a touched of sharpening and touched up their eyes a bit.

It still needs work, but it'll have to be from someone who's better at this than I am.

I would think about cropping it a bit to take out the candlesticks and the mannequin looking guy in the background.

Something like this maybe.

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Dec 03, 2013 13:29 |  #15

I have a lot to learn!


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