This is a workflow chronicle that defines the techniques involved in the restoration and enhancement of a scanned 8 X 10 photographic print that has been exposed to sunlight for 20 years.
Define individual elements of image by drawing precise vector paths. Edit points and tangent arm extensions to establish accuracy.
Define color palette
Analyze colors of individual elements, locate similar images and sample colors to be used in reproduction process.
Image desaturated, duplicated, masked, RGB curves set against new swatch as reference and Vibrance and Saturation set.
Adjust and redefine color palette
Examine color channel preparation to determine adjustment method. Use RGB curves Adjustment Layers to reconstruct color. Combine this method with color adjustment for reconstruction process.
Foreground figure masked and color palette set and adjusted to individual masks. Boat elements masked and colorized. Water, beach, buildings and sky masked and colorized. The next step in the process is to draw and colorize detailed mask of lobster.
Begin image enhancement process by colorizing lobster—adding background elements–nuclear power plant cooling towers—extend and cap tall buildings—place daytime moon in sky.
Background elements added to image.
Migdround elements added to image.
Lobster scaled and background plate cleaned up by cloning. Lobster distorted by Liquify tool, applied to ends of legs, tail and carapice. Glow effect added.