Fixing Color in Old Photos in Photoshop
Color so we get a lot of photos older photos that look like this right interestingly enough I'm going to show you how to fix it we all pay really good money for filters and effects to put this effect right back right um but but a lot of people want to remove some of these color casts and things from some of the other photos so let's go ahead and we'll open this up one of the places that we can do that is going to be the levels adjustment and photo shop so you can go to a couple of different areas I'll show you I'll show you the easy ways and then we'll get teo some of the the other adjustments but if you go to the image menu and you come down here to auto color try it what's the worst that can happen not bad little little on the greenish side to me but still it's not red magenta like it wass so not bad auto color give it a try sometimes it works perfect let's say it doesn't that's when I'll usually revert to levels you could go under image adjustments and goto levels here that's going ...
to be a permanent adjustment on the layer if you go over here to the adjustments panel and add levels that will make it a layer so that way we could go back and change it if we need to and even better like weaken you go remove the color and then you give it to the person they're like yeah, I was hoping for that old film vintage look all right fine and you delete it off so the way that levels works is I talked about I talked about this thing called the history graham a little bit in my photo shopped basics class yesterday and what we would do is if you saw a gap in the history graham like a little gap like we have there what we do is we bring these little sliders the black and the white one in towards those gaps and we close that up and that usually gives you good overall contrast for the photo but it also serves is a good way to color correct the photo because right now we're on the rgb channel but if I switch to the red channel now you'll see the gaps so now it would take this black slider move it over switched to the green channel that was over a little bit switch to the blue channel and we don't have too much there but just a tiny bit and now have you used that history graham to help me color correct the photo so have the eyeball it as much and I want to get auto color I kind of said it looks a little green just look that way I don't really know that it wass but that's before that's after to me that's that's a more pleasing color correction than the auto color one was it's got some war through it where the auto color just kind of made it almost neutral in a way to me this has a lot more warmth through it so that's ah great way to go in there and fix some of the color and the photos another example same thing will go to the levels of just will try auto color just to see not bad still I see a little bit of red you guys see probably yellow we're close but we'll undo here and I'll go into levels again the history ram looks good so we don't have anything we don't have any contrast problems but when I go into red same thing even just just that fix right there go to the green I also avoid see when there's a spike on the right hand side I usually try to cancel that like forget about the spike because you look at that and say oh well you there's already something there that usually is a bright highly and that's usually not affecting anything it's almost it's whatever that is it's probably we all wait so I forget about that and I'm going to go to the next place that I see if there's a flat spot in their green and then blew so that's before that's after ok, it's the same thing, just two different photos, but good, quick, wayto to go in there and try to auto color your photos. Yes, on the auto color and issued went through there. What's your name. Okay. When you went through the auto called the first part, when you went to the image and you did the auto, they're versus doing it, the auto in the layer mask, is there a difference between so I think you're asking? I did image auto color here, and then there's also, and levels or you're talking, is there the auto, but in here, so we can try it didn't really do much kind of made it a little bit more contrast. E so that's a difference, so it's worth a try. Whenever there's an auto bun, give it a click it's worth a try, and sometimes you'd be surprised. Sometimes it works great.
Restoring old photos of family and friends is some of the most powerful work that is done in Photoshop. In Photoshop Restoration Rescue, you’ll learn how to bring new life to heirloom images.
Matt Kloskowski will show you restoration examples that demonstrate how you can tackle some of your own projects. You’ll hear about the process Matt uses to transform old prints into digital files and how to bring back some of the life and luster that was lost over time.
Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.2.2