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Old 02-22-2006, 06:11 AM
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A friend of my father asked me to try and restore two photos. I've been working on the one photograph I've called Egypt but with limited success, I've managed to get fairly good tones and repaired most of the damage but it still looks very patchy and blotchy. The other one called Football is so blotchy and patchy I'm unsure on how to begin. Any help would be very much appreciated. I asked my fathers friend if it was ok to post these pics on here and he gave me his permission.
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Old 02-22-2006, 01:08 PM
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hi chazcarp,

and welcome to RP.

not sure which you're calling which, but in general, before you start using clone or some other brush, you want to fix the overall 'white mist' in this image. the easiest way to start is with an adjustment layer of contrast/brightness. turn the contrast way up. this will tend to fade that white and bring out more detail. you can also use levels and curves to accomplish some of this. you might also try a histrogram adjustment, but i almost always start with contrast/brightness. this works especially well on black and whites.

after that, it just depends on what else is going on with the image. you might try just a light sharpening to get even more detail. just be careful with sharpening; it can add noise quite quickly.

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Old 02-24-2006, 11:22 AM
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Thanks Kraellin I'll give that a try later on.
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Old 02-24-2006, 02:15 PM
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hi chaz,

had a bit more time to play with your image. what i did here was try to get it to a place where you could start using clone and heal type brushes. so, up to here was just to get rid of the major small noise and bring out the detail a bit. i love these old photos and find them well worth the time spent.

the work flow is:

duplicate background layer.
add contrast/brightness adjustment layer at 29 bright, 47 contrast
copy merged and paste as new layer.
digital camera noise removal (mostly to get rid of small spec noise)
salt and pepper filter for other specks.
high pass sharpen at 42 radius and 57 strength.
a tiny bit of 'lighten' brush on some dark faces.

from here i would probably start cloning.

craig
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:52 AM
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Thanks again Kraellin. What you have done is better than my effort and following your instructions I can now get the cloning and healing started.
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Old 02-26-2006, 01:34 PM
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chaz,

you're welcome.

it's a rough image. be careful with the noise reduction. take out a little at a time. i rushed it a bit and it tends to distort things a bit. you might want to use noise reduction of some sort and then clone a bit, then noise reduction and clone, going back and forth.

you also might want to try the Polaroid dust and scratch remover plugin/stand-alone program. it's free. Neat Image is another and their stand-alone is free also.

take your time with this image. it's a tricky one. the tones are very close to each other in the original. that was the reason for the contrast to start with.

the work flow is important here also. sometimes you can do one thing before another and get away with it, but i found on this one that there were just certain things you couldnt do first and found myself starting over more than once.

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