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Old 02-02-2006, 07:03 AM
Photografit Photografit is offline
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A little problem (very little)

My first post!!

The small pic is a scan (in real dimension) of a photo I received to restore. I scanned it at 1200 dpi, and after a bit of effort I have managed the second picture - but Im not totally happy with the results - I need to de-noise the face without obliterating the features. Does anyone have any ideas about where to go from here?

Although I have ethical questions about it, would you remover the dark patch (smoke?) appearing over the man's shoulder?

Both pics are at max jpeg quality ( I hope this isnt an issue!)

I should add - Im using PS7 on a g4 mac with a grafire tablet
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Old 02-02-2006, 07:26 AM
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First I'd like to say you've done a great job so far on this photo. I think the dark patch (smoke) over his shoulder is distracting and looks more like a smudge than smoke so I'd remove it.

To take the noise out of the face I would either

Use the techniques found in this tutorial


Make a merged copy and make an edge mask to protect the features, then run dust and scratches filter on this layer to take out the noise without affecting the features.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:44 AM
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I think I am almost there

The chimney went............... it wasnt working. Thus the smoke went.

I think I am just about there - I dont want to totally destry any texture, and it looks sort of arty......... I will print it a about 3inch square for the owner, and any blemishes at the edges sould kinda meld into it

That's my excuse, I am stucking to it!
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Old 02-02-2006, 12:09 PM
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You did a great job! Wanted to play around with the photo a little, hope you don't mind. Used Grain Surgery to reduce the noise. Then used a multiply layer to bring out the features. contrast and sharpen. Just spent a few minutes, didn't have time to finish clean up the image, take out the smoke, etc.


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Old 02-03-2006, 07:00 AM
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I think this will be my final effort

I like this - Its less defines, but also less grainy.

I added a photoshop clouds layer at 80% burn and blurred the edges of the building. Various bits of the bloke were subject to differeing amounts of lever adjustment, and his face was copy and a 5 pixel median filter applied.

I am hoping that a monchrome dye sub print will soften some of the grain.

I hope the client is happy........... has anyone had a case where they started with a similar pic and encoutered client disappointment?
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