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Old 06-21-2005, 04:10 PM
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Need Advice with clean and fix faded pic

Hi folks,

I love this website. I'm thankful I came across it!! Its great. So, I hope you experts will have some advice for me on how to deal with this picture.

I have done quite a bit with it, however, it is not cleaning up near as well as I would like.

What would you advise on taking care of this one?
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Old 06-22-2005, 02:17 AM
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Hi Tom,

Welcome to RP. Your picture is a little small to see the detail well, the file size limit is 100K, so you could try posting a larger version if thats possible.

In the meantime, will try having a go with your posted image, I'll get back to you if I have any success with it.
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Old 06-22-2005, 04:45 AM
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Thanks,

Thanks Gary, I do appreciate it.


Here is another copy of the pic. Maybe this is better.

Thanks,

Tom
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Old 06-22-2005, 05:00 AM
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Hi Tom, had a quick go with your picture. Results not great, but possibly an improvement on the original.

Created new layer, and did a bit of cloning, using dark areas of background to mask blown areas.

Then new layer, set blend mode to soft light, fill with 50% grey. Now using soft black brush set to about 5-10% opacity, paint in darkness to some of the blown areas on the figures.

Levels adj to up contrast a little.

Will try with slightly larger version, if results better will post.
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Old 06-22-2005, 07:05 AM
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Another copy

Thanks Gary, that's great! Especially the hair on the child holding the baby!

Here is a copy that I have done some work on. However, at this point, it seems to look to cartoonish!! Esepecially does it look this way where I have tried to reconstruct the hand of the young girl.

I have used several methods to get to this point. Cloning, healing brush, patch tool, etc...

Keep in mind, I'm a complete novice at all this. I appreciate all the help I get. Thanks,

Tom
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:03 AM
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Hi Tom,

Welcome to RP!

I had a quick go at your picture.

I worked on the smaller one (the only one up last time I 'was' here...)

I cropped the picture.

I used the Heal brush (mode>replace first and normal then) to minimize the strange stripes on the left side.

I used Levels and Curves to balance shadows/highlights

I used a hair brush on the hair of the girl holding the baby.

Hue&Saturation for a light sepia tone.

Dark vignette around the corners..

Mine was a quick try ... only to see if it could be improved.

Your restoration looks a bit like a painting but I like it ... What I would do is softening the transition edges around the people and decrease the intensity of the black door opening at the back which, in my opinion, is a bit too strong...
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:10 AM
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Thanks

Thanks Flora, your effort looks great!

All of this is a big help. I will post again shortly.

Tom
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:11 AM
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Had a play about with the second image, a bit more detail to work with. Didn't really do anything different.

Flora, really nice job on the figures.
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:21 AM
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Hi Gary,

That looks great, especially the background! What did you use to bring out the background that way? No matter what I do, I can see no details (other than the door frame). Could be my monitor's display settings. Not sure. However, I can not find those details, even though I know they are correct as this picture was taken in front of the same house that this family often took pictures in front of.

Great stuff!!
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:32 AM
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Tom, Gary,

thank you so much for your kindness!

Tom,

looking forward to seeing your final result!

Gary,

great job restoring the plank wall (? ... did I say that right? ) ....
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