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Restore partial UV faded photo cottenr 18 Oct 16:07
  Restore partial UV faded photo Gene Heskett 20 Oct 02:33
  Restore partial UV faded photo Aurore D. 20 Oct 11:55
  Restore partial UV faded photo Astrahitley 28 Dec 11:30
2009-10-18 16:07:07 UTC (over 12 years ago)
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I have several photos that are square but had an oval matt over them. Over the years the oval has UV damage. I am stumped on how to get the UV damaged part of the photo to match the original.

Then I can restore and colour balance of the whole piece. I would appreciate anyone's suggestions on how to proceed with this.

You can view a sample photo of what I am speaking of at: http://gimper.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6043

Ray

Gene Heskett
2009-10-20 02:33:08 UTC (over 12 years ago)

Restore partial UV faded photo

On Sunday 18 October 2009, Ray C. wrote:

I have several photos that are square but had an oval matt over them. Over the years the oval has UV damage. I am stumped on how to get the UV damaged part of the photo to match the original.

Then I can restore and colour balance of the whole piece. I would appreciate anyone's suggestions on how to proceed with this.

You can view a sample photo of what I am speaking of at: http://gimper.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6043

Ray

Photo's such as that may not be truly salvageable, the red dye looks like it is 99% absent in the oval. You may have to do a lot of pixel selection, and repainting, a truly tedious and frustrating job even for someone with excellent color vision.

I also came away with the possibility that the oval mask wasn't a totally acid free material, or that the original washing was not sufficient.

What are the chances the negatives are still available?

Aurore D.
2009-10-20 11:55:38 UTC (over 12 years ago)

Restore partial UV faded photo

On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 4:07 PM, Ray C. wrote:

I have several photos that are square but had an oval matt over them. Over the years the oval has UV damage. I am stumped on how to get the UV damaged part of the photo to match the original.

I think the Colors > Levels could one of be the best tool for that, even if it may take time to get the right correction. Hopefully your photos will all have the same fading and so you could *save* the level correction and re-use it on all of them, instead of tweaking the levels for each photo.

Start by duplicating the base layer (the one with the photo, I'll call it A), add a mask to that new layer (I'll call it B), so that only the faded part is visible (no need to make a perfect mask, here it's just a way to easily see the faded part on B and the not faded part on A)

Then, the Levels tool... well... I general I find it easier to start by tweaking the "Value" channel, so that the light/darkness of both images matches - even if the colors do not match yet. An easy way to do that is to add a white layer on top of the others and set its mode to "Color". You now see your image in black and white - with the central part being too light.

Select layer B and select the Levels tool, then move the left slider (the black triangle, on the Input Levels) until the lightness matches the not faded borders (around 32 seems a good value on your example). Now you can toggle the visibility of the white layer, we won't need it anymore - and keep the levels dialog open.

Now the colors. The faded part looks like it had too much green, so in the dialog select the Green channel. Move either the left or the middle slider (on the Input Values) to the right. Moving the middle slider to the right will make the image less green, moving the left slider will do the same, but it will also increase a bit the contrast. It's up to you to see what seems to fit better. And repeat for the other channels... :)

Here are some values that seems to work for me, for each channel: Value: Left input slider at 32
Red: Middle input slider at 1.05
Green: Middle input slider at 0.82
Blue: Middle input slider at 0.96
The colors are still rather dull, but at least they should match the colors of the part protected by the mat.

Then I can restore and colour balance of the whole piece. I would appreciate anyone's suggestions on how to proceed with this.

I hope this helped, now I'm afraid I don't have a solution for how to make a good mask easily. The only method I know is careful painting of the mask. (Maybe a feathered ellipse could work too)

-- Rore

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