I attended a short retouching workshop a couple of years ago, and saw the most appalling image problems fixed way beyond what I’d have thought possible. Unfortunately, the tricks we were shown have fallen into that use it or lose it category, and I can’t remember a lot of it. It’s all there in RetouchPro though.
Thanks Trevor, I have registered on the site to see if I can get help over there. I've tried different ways to do it as I like to dive in and try to fix photos myself before asking for help but stumped on this one.
Lundberg02 is right, that is not a "color cast". Short of the skills necssary to apply local correction adjustments, you may want to try somethinglike Kodak/ASF "DIGITAL ROC Pro" (Restore Old Colors) plug-in. http://www.asf.com/products/
I set out to try to describe how to fix it up, then I got in the zone and just did it.
Several layers, Curves and Hue/Saturation were initially involved in getting a bunch of the red reduced and normalizing the channels, then I did some color restoral by painting on a layer set to Color. Then I stamped it all into a single image and tidied it up with some Dodge and Burn. Finally I sharpened it ever so slightly with one of my Fractal Sharpening actions.
Hi Kevin, yes, I did happen to save the PSD...
I've always been a bit more comfortable with editing pixel values with the "old" tools, such as Burn and Dodge, and painting with mode Color, but in this case I did most of the work with layers and masks, then stamped the whole thing into pixels for the last bit of hand work.
Thank you very much Noel for sending me the file. Just had a look at it to work out what you did so going to try replicate the techniques with another similar problem in a photo.
I have a lot of Photo's coming from a group I have on Facebook so hopefully any with this problem should be able to repair.
Again thank you for taking the time to help me.
P.S. Just realised I have the worst scanner in the world. Lol. Just gone and purchased a Epson V500 as I have a ton of Negatives need processing too. The Scanner I have been using is only 2400 dpi whereas the V500 is 6400.
I used Noel's version, jpg, Unsharp Mask at 200%, 1.0, 2; Color Range Selection with sampled colors on the sky, Quick Mask subtract on all the kids' clothing, Fill with sky blue. I noticed in the color sampling that the sky had some content, but didn't bother with it. The sky probably should have been filled with a greyer blue because there are no shadows. Could have used the Refine Edges to remove some fringiness and a slice out of the foliage, but this took me only a couple of minutes to show what could have been done after Noel's excellent work on the bad neg. I could live with it like this for archiving old photos. If it's a case of identifying the people, this is good enough.
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