The first step in restoring any photograph – antique or recent – is to make sure it has been color corrected. There are a ton of ways to do it, but this is the recommended technique by Operation Photo Rescue. And it REALLY works! I am putting together a YouTube video on the steps to restore this photograph for a friend of mine. Here is Step 1- Restore original colors, contrast and depth:
Having a great time here at Marvilla in Destin! I took this picture off of our back porch and after watching a video by Scott Kelby, decided to work with the shot in Photoshop until it was just right! Here is a before and after…
Original Photo (Nikon D300, Nikon 60MM Micro Lens)
Working in Lightroom, I saturated the colors, worked with the Clarity settings, added contrast, etc. I always work with RAW files, so they can be modified easily and I can always return to the full resolution image.
Here is the first corrected image in Lightroom:
Because it has a few distractions, I took some time in Photoshop CS5 to clean up the image and here it is! See if you can find all the changes! Some are pretty subtle.
Finished Marvelous Marvilla!
|PhotoShop Layer for LucisArt|
This photo was really well balanced and needed only minor color correction in PhotoShop. Always create a layer in PhotoShop above the original to add the LucisArt Filter. This allows non-destructive editing of the image. After LucisArt was applied 100%, the flattened shadows and features of the photo became very interesting. Take a look at the instrument case on the ground. LucisArt picked up the finest detail. This effect CANNOT be duplicated in PhotoShop alone!
PhotoShop CS3 Tutorial:
1) Original Photo – the original photo is really nice, but I want to put it in a dark frame and create a more artistic and timeless feel to the picture. These are my three grandkids and I want the to look…well, adorable!
5) Finally, I wanted a less saturated look with a bit of
a brown tone. I created another adjustment layer for
Hue/Saturation and hit the Colorize button, Hue 38
and Saturation 15. I then used the layer mask to paint
color back into the faces and bring out some of the red.