Cleaning up photos of old oil paintings

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Jul 02, 2022 Jul 02, 2022

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I have a series of photos of old oil paintings which I need to clean up for a kiosk project. They are all heavily coated in a yellowish varnish. Does anyone have an idea of how I might easily "lift" the varnish color? Assuming I can get that varnish color off I can then adjust the other colors. I've attached an example. Thanks!DSC_1121.jpg

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 02, 2022 Jul 02, 2022

The real solution here is to reshoot with proper lighting. If you can't do that, you have to work with what you have. So:

 

The problem here is that your blue channel is almost completely destroyed, carrying virtually no useful information.

owl1.png

 

So you can't simply "fix" this - the image lacks the necessary information. For complete restoration, you have to rebuild and reconstruct it.

 

Just to reduce the damage enough to make it acceptable, taking out the most excessive yellow color cast goes som

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The real solution here is to reshoot with proper lighting. If you can't do that, you have to work with what you have. So:

 

The problem here is that your blue channel is almost completely destroyed, carrying virtually no useful information.

owl1.png

 

So you can't simply "fix" this - the image lacks the necessary information. For complete restoration, you have to rebuild and reconstruct it.

 

Just to reduce the damage enough to make it acceptable, taking out the most excessive yellow color cast goes some of the way:

owl2.png

 

Note that it can be fixed more-or-less completely with a lot of work, anything can - but I don't know how much you're willing to sink into this.

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Yes - I was afraid of that. Will work with them as much as I can and see
what the client says.
Thanks for taking the time and your input!

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Not sure how much yellow you need to reduce out but, you can always turn photo to CMYK and play with curves.DSC_1121.jpg

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Yes - I have been working with curves. I was just wondering if I was
missing something or if there was an easier way.
Thanks for your input and taking the time to respond.

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