Join Neil Rhodes for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating the photo, part of Photo Restoration Techniques: Color Casts and Fading.
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- In this first chapter, we will restore a slightly faded…color photo with a few basic restoration techniques.…We'll start by evaluating the photo to check…what is wrong with the image and how to tackle it.…We will then go on to clean some small surface…damage and enhance the colors further.…Before we start restoring this photo,…we need to evaluate it and find out…what the problems are and how to tackle them.…This is a family photo, color photo, from the 1950s…and we've scanned it in and quite clearly…there's a very nasty magenta red cast to the photo.…
In the 1950s, the paper chemistry,…the dyes within the photo paper,…faded at different rates.…They hadn't quite mastered the chemistry,…and the blues and the yellows faded first…leaving behind reds, magentas,…giving this nasty pinky magenta red cast.…So we need to tackle that first…so we can see the underlying damage within the image.…We can see little specks and flecks…here and here and there are also…some trim lines through this lady here,…and they will become more evident as we correct the color.…
These restoration jobs don't take hours of painstaking pixel pushing, but they still have unique challenges. In this course, master retoucher Neil Rhodes details the steps involved in fixing the kinds of color casts and damage typically found in vintage color snapshots. Using Photoshop, he shows how to select images for repair, remove scratches, adjust for color casts and tonal variations, and perform more complex light-leak removal with channels.