Matching old BW prints

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Richard, Jan 7, 2005.

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    Richard Guest

    I have a photo that I would like to display along with some other old
    photos, but the photo color does not match.
    Rather than re scan the old prints to remove the sepia tone, I would
    like to match the other photo to that look. The photo that I am
    trying to match to the others was an old faded color photo. I
    converted it to grayscale and back to RGB color so I can add a sepia
    tone. However, I would like the sepia tone of the photos to match as
    closely as possible. I scanned one of the other black and white
    photos in color but how do I extract the information to MATCH both
    sets of photos?

    Richard, Jan 7, 2005
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    Ken Guest

    You can try saving the pallet of the picture you want the colors to match and then
    load that pallet into the picture you want to match to the original. That way you
    will at least have a restricted color range to work with to try to match the two
    together. Haven't tried it myself but it might work...

    Ken, Jan 7, 2005
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    PhotoMan Guest

    In Photoshop, I would open the sepia photo, and using the eyedropper tool,
    sample the tone you want to duplicate, then close that photo, open the other
    one, and work with the sampled color.
    PhotoMan, Jan 7, 2005
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    paul Guest

    In photoshop, make the image mode duotone (or more) where it goes from
    black (or maybe blue-black) to a sepia instead of white or maybe another
    sepia in the middle. Zoom the old photo in as far as you can go to see
    the different colored pixels & try using the eyedropper to extract those
    paul, Jan 8, 2005
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    Annika1980 Guest

    From: Richard
    Sounds like a job for Photoshop CS's Match Color command.
    Annika1980, Jan 8, 2005
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    bob Guest

    I extract the information to MATCH both
    The other posters assume that your system is well calibrated. If it were,
    you probably wouldn't be asking the question.

    If I were in your position, I would make a new layer in photoshop with
    either the multiply or the color overlay mode, and then make some large
    rectangles across the photo with a variety of sepias. Get that printed
    and use it as a reference to figure out exactly which sepia comes

    bob, Jan 13, 2005
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