- Sep 10, 2013
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Thanks Isac for the comprehensive colour correction tip. The colours here are all over the place. I did consider replacing the background but I don't know how to get them to match.You've taken on a big challenge Mike. I would photograph it as well to compare it to the scan. Also if you want to get a good HQ scan, do it at the highest resolution possible. My scanner is an Epson V39 and scans up to 9600 at 24-bit colour, which gives brilliant quality. I have sometimes even converted to B&W, done the repairs and then colourised it, to get smoother finishes. The rest is a slow process and you seem to be on track, so good luck, looking forward to the final result.
Here's a simple trick to get some colour correction as a first step.
In Photoshop, create a new CURVES adjustment layer and while holding down ALT, click on AUTO. This will open the "Auto Color Correction Options" box. Check Find Dark & Light Colors and also check Snap Neutral Colors, I would also check Save as defaults so next time you click AUTO on the curves adjustment layer, it will give good results. It should look something like below.
Next, make a levels adjustment and adjust the midtones.
Personally with this image I would remove the background and replace it with something similar when you've completed the repairs on the lady and baby. Masking is best for this. I hope this helps.
Original size: 1013 x 1024 pixelsHi Mike,
It really needs some close up pixel editing on the face and lower dress. Like I said this is not an easy fix but doable. When I do these I usually get a large hi-res scan which makes it easier. What size is your original? There are so many various methods to get the skin tones and smoothing right, so I would have to play with it to see what method is preferable. I cannot do that with the small image I downloaded.