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Old Photo Restored

I have to share some photo-shop work I did on one of my mother’s old photos. I’m pretty jazzed about the results.

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I could tell it was a color photo originally, but it was so badly faded. the original is 2×2″.

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A basic color adjust changed things dramatically. (Hey! it really is a springtime photo, not a winter photo! That tree has pink blossoms!) Then I went in and used a clone tool to take out all the scars, lint spots, and ink stains (the whole left side of the photo is marred with ink stains beside the tree).

And while I was playing with the clone brush, I decided to try to tweak the color just a little bit more.

Easter

This is what I finally settled on. The grass at least looks like grass and the faces have something of a natural color to them.

The caption on the back reads “Mary Lou & Terry, Donna & Pegi, Cheri, Phyll. Easter 1955.”

The only problem is: where is Cheri? She is not in the photo and I promise I did not photo-shop my oldest cousin out. Maybe she is hiding behind Phyllis’ white coat? I don’t even see her feet. But that is definitely my cousin Pegi on Donna’s lap and my brother on my mom’s lap.

I suspect that the photo was so tiny that whoever wrote on it just imagined Cheri was there because she should have been there if Pegi (her younger sister) was there. Or maybe just because Cheri was there, somewhere, that day, and so they assumed she managed to be in the photograph.

It doesn’t tell me where the photo was taken, but I am guessing it was in Kennewick, Washington.

I’m pretty excited about the end result. I think my aunts will be, too, as I intend to burn them each a CD.

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