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There are many ways this could be approached.
For a relatively quick improvement, I'd suggest using adjustment layers that adjust only part of the image.
A Curves adjustment layer to even out the light/dark areas. Fill the layer mask with black and paint with white using a soft brush where you want to show the adjustment.
Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to calm down the red. Again, fill with black and paint with white where you want the adjustment.
Then you could add a Curves adjustment to the whole image to bring back some overall contrast, and maybe reduce the blue a bit to give a warmer golden cast (depending on your personal taste).
A sharpening layer to bring a little more contrast to edges. I did the sharpening layer by duplicating the Background layer, moving the duplicate to the top, choosing Filter > Other > High Pass, and setting the layer blend mode to Soft LIght.
The face in the center is a focal point, so you may want an adjustment layer just for that area.
Layers panel looks like this:
Image looks like this (I'm sure you could do better because you would spend a bit more time on it than I did).
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Hi I did the attached in the camera raw filter
You asked :
1. The pictures have different exposures in different parts of the image. Compensate/normalize exposure
A gradient from the bottom up reducing exposure - then 2 local adjustment brushes
2. Reddish tinge - remove & 3. Color correction - fix up colors to what it should be (as best as possible).
I toned down the red using Camera Raw colour balance then used the HSL controls to boost the greens/blues and reduce the Reds/Magentas.
Without seeing the original - or a colour checker in the same light - then this is impossible. I guessed at the attached but it could be a mile off
This allowed me to push the overall saturation slider right up
4. Brightness/Contrast compensation - make it as best as possible for viewing, even printing
See exposure settings to get histogram below
All the above, evened out the exposure but the colours were still off in my view. So I took a copy of the original layer balanced the colours with curves then put it above the camera raw version with color blending mode and 50% opacity
As I said this may be way off but without anything to compare it was just based on bringing back a range of colours
5. ? to improve image quality (not sure if there is anything else, but would appreciate suggestions).
You could patch it - also there is a photo watermark - is this your image?
Also look at the original , if possible, or something else shot in the same light (like a colour checker) and adjust to that
Thank you, Barbara and Dave.
Dave: Yes, there is a watermark, and no, I did not shoot the images, but I am going to be reprocessing the originals for the institution that shot the images.
I look forward to Lab Man's method as well.
For correcting exposure, I took an average blur of the image, overlaid the original image with a 50% opacity with Linear Light blending, and a final high pass filter with a large (100-125 - the image I attached is about 40% of the original) pixel value over it with some degree of success. Pros and cons of that method over the ones detailed here?
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This image could be improved using myriad methods. The pros and cons of each method usually boil down to how much control you have over the results. Usually, the more control, the more time-consuming, but the results may be similar, depending on the image.
It would be very helpful to know what the painting actually looks like so that it could be replicated more accurately.
Here's a method that would be fast:
Image > Auto Color.
Add a Curves adjustment layer with a gradient mask.
Understood. Thank you.