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Old 04-19-2005, 11:30 PM
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Grainyness..

Took this picture from Hawaii:

http://www.yuppicide.com/other/hawaii/p1010005.jpg

It really shows the crap quality of a 2mp camera. What would you do to get rid of the grainyness in the sky?! Would you lighten the tree at all to bring it up more?!
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Old 04-20-2005, 12:14 AM
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Products like Neat Image, Noise Ninja and Grain Surgery can do a not too bad job at reducing much of the noise.
I wouldn't lighten the tree specifically but perhaps a slight lightening of the overall image might make it a bit more visually pleasing. Too bad about the light. Might be an interesting project trying to eliminate it.

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Old 04-20-2005, 01:22 AM
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Dave has offered some good advice.



Adjust Levels (actually auto-levels).
Run through Neat Image (demo version).
Curves adjustment layer.

I also created a dup. layer, applied gaussian blur and a layer mask. Then I began painting tp clean things up a bit more.

I did not do a great job as it is incomplete. Just offering a possible solution.


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Old 04-20-2005, 04:03 AM
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Did'nt really like the lamp post in the middle of the tree, so I removed that first.
Then I made a mask of the tree and foreground using the blue channel. Finally, lightened sky, increased saturation, and ran through Neat Image to reduce noise. Posted image foreground was a bit distracting (not so in full sized image), so darkened it a little in 2nd image.
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Old 04-20-2005, 08:38 AM
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Wow.. really nice work.. how did you remove the lamp yet make it still look like it was never there?! I mean you have sky and other stuff where the lamp was.

I appreciate the help. I'm going to try out some of them programs you suggested as well.
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Old 04-20-2005, 09:16 AM
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Hi Shawn,

I mostly cloned out the post, except for where it went behind the leaves.

To cover there, I first copied the leaf on the top RHS of the palm, then pasted it to a new layer, reflected it horizontally, then rotated and moved it using move tool. For the lower leaf, I just cloned carefully (if you compare to original, you'll find the tip of the leaf is missing).

In the lowest leaf, if you look, you'll see I did nothing at all, I decided with the rest of the post missing, it was'nt too obvious there was a post behind it. But the techniques used above could be modified to disguise it, should you decide it was necessary.

Lastly I just cloned in any sky needed to hide any joins.

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-20-2005, 03:31 PM
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I've never used clone before, so I'm going to have to read up on it when I get out of work.
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Old 04-20-2005, 04:56 PM
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Just a few tips when using clone tool.

Always work on a new layer, that way if you make mistakes you can erase them and start again.

Different size and hardness of brush give different results. Easiest way to change brush size is to use [ to reduce size, and ] to increase size. Easiest way to change brush hardness shift[ to soften, shift] to harden.

Also try varying brush opacity.

As with all tools, it takes a little practice, but it's one you'll use quite a bit if you do much restoration work, so it's worth learning.

Have fun.
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:34 PM
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Thanks guys. I tried Neat Image and even with default settings it's really good. I also tried my hand at the clone technique.. all I can say is WOW! So easy to use. I don't know why I never touched that tool before.

I think I'm going to start a TV show.. Photoshop Makeover. We come to your house and take pictures then photoshop them into an entirely different house! We can add sweeping staircases, 5 stories, a brand new kitchen, and it won't cost the homeowner a dime! LOL!

Left is my version.. just knocked out the tower in the way.. right is the original.
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Old 04-20-2005, 06:36 PM
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I didn't remove the the lamp as Gary did (great job!)... I simply brightened the overall image a bit, and used Neat Image to remove the noise/grains .... (deatils shown in my second attachment)
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