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Flora



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Hi everybody!

I had decided against trying this challenge since removing (or even mimimizing) moiré is definitely not my 'cup of tea'...but I changed my mind...so, here, is how I tackled Restoration Challenge #38 :

1) After duplicating the image, I changed to CMYK and, after inspecting the individual channels, I opted for the Magenta Channel which I copied, pasted into a new document and changed to RGB.

2) I duplicated the Background Layer, loaded its Luminosity, (Ctrl+Alt+~), and inverted the selection, (Ctrl+Shift+I), changing my selection to the Shadows by doing so.

3) I did a 'Layer via Copy', (Ctrl+J), and displaced the newly created Layer trying to fade the Moiré Pattern a bit.

4) I 'selected and duplicated by Layer via Copy parts of the image, (particularly at the bottom), and used the Levels to match their luminosity and contrast with the rest of the picture.

5) Following Katrin Eismann tip, whenever I have the necessity to work on a Merged version of all my 'working Layers' without losing any of the previous steps in the process, I create a new Layer on top of all the others, and keep Alt pressed while selecting 'Merge Visible' from the menu.

6) Working on the 'Merged Layer', I loaded its Luminosity, (Ctrl+Alt+~), and did a 'Layer via Copy', (Ctrl+J).

7) I run a High Pass filter on the newly created Layer to sharpen the highlights a bit.

8) I Merged the Layers and applied a Curves Adjustment Layer, setting the Blending to Multiply and adjusting the Opacity, to obtain more contrast.

9) I started the 'cleaning up', (specially on the man's face), using Clone and Airbrush Tools, (5-10%), both set to either lighten or darken and a lot of 'Layer via Copy', (Ctrl+J), with bigger parts of the picture I wanted to adjust or correct. While cleaning, I noticed that the REPAIR writing was mirrored so I 'Flipped' the canvas horizontally.

10) Finally, I merged the Layers, loaded Luminosity, (Ctrl+Alt+~), and did a 'Layer via Copy', (Ctrl+J), setting the Blending to Soft Light to 'liven up' the image, added a bit of noise and saved as JPG.

The image is still very 'noisy' and the Moiré hasn't disappeared completely....any suggestions?

Thanks to Penny for the nice challenge and to RP.

Ciao, ciao...Flora.
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Mogens_Bohl_P
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Registered: June 2002
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7/29/2002 4:59pm

Hi Flora,

You did a nice job on this one, with a fft filter you can rid of the last of the moire pattern.
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Flora

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7/29/2002 5:22pm

Hi Mogens!

Thank you very much for your kind words!

I have one question: what is a "fft filter"...?
Does it work with PS6 or 7...?

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Tom Willis
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Registered: June 2002
Location: Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
7/29/2002 6:47pm

Interesting effect here - almost like a black & white poster. Good work on the face and getting rid of that variable gray haze over the entire photo.

The remaining moire would be difficult to get rid of here because your contrast is very high. Its not that intrusive though and is perhaps noticeable only because we are looking for it.
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Flora

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7/29/2002 8:40pm

Hi Tom!

thank you very much for your great comment!

You got me there.....I actually increased the contrast trying to 'hide' the moiré....obviously it backfired.....


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Ed_L

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7/29/2002 10:17pm

Hi Flora,

Nice job overall. I think it looks like an old movie poster. Contrast might be a little high, but overall a real improvement. Good job.

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7/30/2002 3:58am

Hi Ed!

thank you very much for your kind feedback!
...I'll work on 'Benny' again to see if I can improve it!!

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Doug Nelson

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7/30/2002 10:21am

Good job overall on tones and repair. Still some vertical lines, and a bit dark.

Excellent description.

See Mogens' entry for discussion of fft

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Flora

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7/30/2002 1:36pm

Hi Doug!

Thank you very much for your kind comment!
...and after revisiting 'Mogens', thanks for the tip about what to search for!!!!... ....
...Every time I feel I've learned something new....I also realize that it is nothing compared to what I don't know.....


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DJ Dubovsky

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Registered: August 2001
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7/30/2002 9:59pm

Flora,
Very nice job. I haven't tried this one but I suspect getting rid of those lines are a real pain. You did very well with it.
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foreigner

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Registered: July 2002
Location: Sydney
7/31/2002 6:59am

Hi Flora,
I think you did a good job , I am trying this one as well, but those lines...
Anyway just to tell you I love your descriptions
ciao
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Flora

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7/31/2002 3:49pm

Hi DJ, foreigner!

thank you very much for your kind words!

......those lines.....are really a biiiiiiig pain!!!.....I even tired to talk nicely to them....alas....to no avail!!!!

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katie

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8/1/2002 2:12am

Flora, nice job. The only thing I would say
is the background is looking a little dark.
Getting rid of those lines looks difficult.
I am looking at this one with trepidation.

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8/1/2002 4:06am

Hi Katie!
Thank you very much for your kind comment!

After trying, unsuccessfully, to eliminate the 'lines'..I tried, unsuccessfully, to cover them up.....

Ciao, ciao...

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gnored
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Registered: March 2003
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3/15/2003 11:35am

I think you've done a great job of keeping Benny's appearance unchanged while making it better. Some of the restorations change the way he looks too much.

I'd agree that the contrast is too high -- the result is that the eyes have receeded into the shadows. Perhaps you could pick up a bit of a lighter, earlier version, or maybe even dodge the eyes a bit to bring them out.

Great Job!
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dwdraw
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3/22/2003 5:56pm

Good qverall,but just a little contrasty.

DW

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