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Old 09-17-2007, 05:35 PM
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Critique please... before and after

Hello everyone,

I've been playing with photoshop for over ten years and am addicted to say the least to all things photoshop related.

What I have here is an old photograph of my grandmother as a child which is in poor condition. The size is about 1-1/4 x 2-1/4". I'm guessing the original is a tintype since the back and border itself is all black. Also the fact that the image seems very dark itself and is peeling with lots of cracks.

So I did the best I could to restore this picture using levels and lots of patching and healing. I had problems patching up the background, but used a technique I read about in Katrin Eisman's Restoration and Retouching book where I sampled a small part of the cleaned up background, created a pattern from it and used the healing brush tool to match the texture (using my new pattern as the source).

I still think it looks too grainy... but maybe it's just me?
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:24 AM
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Re: Critique please... before and after

Excellent, Pam! You have much more patience than me. :-)
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:29 PM
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Re: Critique please... before and after

Swampy,
Thank you very much. I've read many posts of yours and have to also say thanks for the great tips you offer too!
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:49 AM
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Re: Critique please... before and after

Your right it does look grainy but considering the photo I think its the way it is
Really great retouch one can see a bit of work went in to it

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Old 09-21-2007, 03:25 PM
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Re: Critique please... before and after

thanks for comments everyone... this one's going into the restoration portfolio for sure
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Re: Critique please... before and after

I think you did an outstanding job on it!
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Old 06-07-2015, 10:10 PM
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Re: Critique please... before and after

I agree with everyone else - you did an amazing piece of work! As to your question on grain, I'd suggest that reducing the grain should be done carefully - IMO too little grain would remove the essential character of the image. Its an old photo it should look it!

(NOTE: I wouldn't have a clue as to how to start working on something like that. I'm just an occasionally over-opinionated newbie.)
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