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Old 12-07-2001, 11:31 PM
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Question Spots - I can't get the spots out!



Hi everyone,
This is my first post.

I am restoring and old b&W photo. Usually, I use the rubber stamp tool to remove the spots, but this would take me several years. The photo is covered in them. I never used dust and scratches before. Is this the best way to remove this many spots? I take a snapshot, use the history brush and then I understand I am suppose remove the blur. When I do nothings changed. If I paint, do I paint over the blur? I am missing something? If anyone has any good ideas please let me know. I'm getting very frustrated.

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Old 12-08-2001, 10:32 AM
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Sure would help to see an example of the photo.

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Old 12-08-2001, 01:19 PM
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Without seeing the photo, and assuming you're using Photoshop, here's a technique you might try....

- Loosely LASSO a bunch of the bad spots.

- FEATHER the selection 2-4 pixels

- Save the selection to a new layer via copy.

- Depending on the situation you may want to set the blend mode to lighten at this point.

- Then with the new layer selected, click on the MOVE tool and using the arrow keys on your keyboard, gently "bump" the selection one pixel at a time to the left, right, up, whatever.

Magic! Spots disappear.

This works best on fairly undefined areas such as sky, etc. I've also used it for some of those really tiny spider webby like messes you sometimes see on old scanned slides.

Hope it helps.
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Old 12-08-2001, 04:18 PM
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Lightbulb check out the newest tutorial...

If the spots have high enough contrast, the 'Decrack' action can remove them in a few seconds. I posted an example in the discussion thread (bushboy) that has lots and lots of spots...

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Old 12-08-2001, 05:54 PM
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Anthony, check with Doug on the best way to up load a large file. He knows best. I would be interested in seeing it.

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Old 12-09-2001, 01:12 PM
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here is a copy of the image.
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Old 12-09-2001, 02:17 PM
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I tried to download your picture and check the channel damage but it was in grayscale. You might try scanning it again in RGB and then look at your channels and see which channel has picked up the worst of the spots and replace or discard that channel. You can't change the existing grayscale file to RGB, you will need to rescan it in RGB. It may be that most of the spotty damage will be in the blue channel and the red and green are fairly good still. Or at least better. The photo is still pretty bad and it will take some painstaking efforts but this may help cut some of that time off for you.
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Old 12-09-2001, 02:32 PM
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Thanks. I checked the channels and its seems to me the same. That is, the spots are in all channels.
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Old 12-09-2001, 04:10 PM
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Did you rescan the photo and leave it in RGB color mode first? Frequently the red channel will have less obvious spotting.
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Old 12-09-2001, 04:44 PM
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I already had one scanned in RGB. The original tif file. Yes, I checked them all and they all look the same to me. I removed all the check from the channel colors and left the red - doesn't lool any different except for the color.
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