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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


Hey guys, So here's my issue.

I was given a photo, And it is of my Great Grandma, Who my Grandma never knew because her mom died when she was age 3.

So, this is the only single photo in existence and I've been dubbed the task of trying to restore it
in any way possible.

Yes, a Professional will be considered, I just want to see how far I can get before going that route.

I have CS5.5 and min. skill. It's a small photo, and I scanned it with my HP Photosmart multi do computer.

Here is the original.



Here is with basic touch ups...




I wanted to take it slightly further and attempt to add some color. Here is where I have gotten.
NOTE: I've never tried this, I honestly am not happy with it. It almost looks like a cartoon....




Is there a program which will make this easier or perhaps someone here have some free time to kill to
take a shot at seeing what can be done?





Sep 19, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


I would suggest going back to the original scanned version, and rather than trying to "colorize" it, try to restore some of the lost contrast. It won't look natural with a full range from deepest black to pure white, but you should be able to bring back some of the dimensional feel. Try adding a curves adjustment layer, and pull out an ess curve. Play with it until you get an effect you like.


Sep 19, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


I agree about keeping it in the vein that it was created in. I did a really quick - well as quick as you can manage with a bad trackpad and a nine year old version of Ps, but this gives you a pretty good idea. I'm also including a couple of screen shots to show the type of moves you might consider to bring back some of the original vibe. The first screen shot shows the curve and that it's set to Luminosity blending mode. The second is a low amount high radius unsharp mask that adds some more snap. Just an idea...





Quick correction







Curves example







Unsharp Mask




Sep 19, 2012 at 06:22 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


Here's my attempt. I'm going to guess that you won't be able to take this very far, since the quality of the original is so poor. Maybe there's a retouching expert on the forums that might have a different view, though...







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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


Took a stab at it to pull out the cast .... ended up going this way.

I think either toned or B&W will be the way to go.

There is a lot of damage scattered throughout the image (understood for an image of such age), so it will likely be a balancing act between extracting detail vs. enhancing damage. A professional would be taking the time and care to address each of these damaged areas on a selective basis rather than the quicker global efforts that we have applied.

But, I think it does show that there is some hope for restoration to help provide some "identity" to your family's heritage.







Sep 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


a couple of curves in less than a minute in LAB mode.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mamqd7SiVj1rvtmuto1_1280.jpg



Sep 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · A very sentimental photo, Adding Color to a B/W


Boosting the contrast and/or clarity is essential. If you want to add colouring then start with a b&w version rather than sepia.

Photograph or scan the original at high resolution and apply suitable noise reduction and capture sharpening. The high resolution gives you more enlargement to work with when painting stuff in, and will look even better when scaled down down again afterwards.



Sep 20, 2012 at 04:55 AM





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