10 March 2011

Photo Edits - Catherine Grace - Color and Lighting Adjustments

Digitally preserving valuable old photos gives me the opportunity to repair the damage that time, neglect and poor materials have caused. Yesterday, I showed you this fearless female, Bubba's mother. She deserves a little beauty treatment, don't you think?

My usual order of photo repair has me adjusting the color of the image last, but the hue of this photo is not doing Catherine any favors. Sallow, dark skin doesn't look good on anyone.

In Lightroom, I adjusted
the Temp slider to -14 
and the Tint to +26.

She is looking prettier already. 

Next I applied the Black and White High Contrast Lightroom Preset. What woman doesn't like highlights?

Her eyes are brighter and her hair is shiny, but she is a little washed out, so I lowered the exposure from +1.15 to +0.39. 

Just adjusting the color, contrast and lighting has made a huge difference in this image. I am happy with it for now. Next time, I will show you how I repaired all of the bumps, bruises and tears. 

This image file is small, so if you click on the image and enlarge it, you will see some pixelation. Not much can be done about that now. The quality of the image is as good as the scan. That is why it is important to be sure to begin the digital preservation process with a scan at a minimum 300dpi and save to Tiff format. 

Happy Thursday!
Scrappy Gen
Let's Remember!


  1. Nice improvement. I took a clue from you, and made a faded photo into a B&W for my blog tomorrow. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Thank you and your are welcome Barbara. I look forward to seeing your post tomorrow! Jennifer


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