I'm going to assume you did the scan of the original picture and that you can still get your hands on it?
If you still have the original, try this:
Scan the image and save the file.
Then turn the image 90 degrees and scan it again and save that file.
Now open one of the saved images in Photoshop, but don't do anything to it. Open the other image and copy it into the first image - it will copy onto a new layer. Reduce the opacity of this new layer so that you can just see the other image through it.
You will have to rotate one of the images so that the orientation is the same for both of them.
Now the object of this exercise is to line up the two images. Once you have them lined up, change the layer mode of the top one to overlay, change it's opacity to 100% and you will be surprised at how much of the cracks will have disappeared.
If at first you don't get the results you want, try reversing the order that you stack the images when you line them up. Or change the direction you turn the picture when you scan it. I usually take 3 or 4 scans and try different combinations.
Why does it work? well a lot of what you see as cracks are actually created by the light of the scanner passing over "bumps" in the image and creating shadows. By turning the image and letting the light pass in a different direction, you get different shadows and they cancel each other out.
I think Flora’s work is excellent (always is)! Her restoration tips are right on. The photo should look just like when it was taken.
I couldn’t resist taking a shot at this photo. I am relatively new to restoration and really like to work on the old black and whites. This appears to be a colorized photo (which I personally don’t care for) so I removed to coloring.
I used Neat Image (very gently) to start with followed by careful cloning and healing. Eliminated the color and then colorized with Hue/Saturation (Hue=50, Saturation=10) to get the “old” look. Sharpening process used Blur, Median and USM done in Lab color mode.
I hope the file attaches - Don't post very ofter!
welcome to RP!!
Thank you so much for your kind words!!
Your file 'attached' perfectly!!!
Your restoration looks very accurate and clean!! Just a bit too soft and smooth particularly on the gentleman's face .... Being completely obscured by a big crack, is left eye is quite difficult to 'restore' .... In these cases, you could try either to increase the whole shadow cast by the brim of his hat so that the missing eye seems to be hidden by it, or, if possible, you could try to 'borrow' the eye from a similar picture and blend it in carefully ...
trying to keep it as origanal as possible
I could have spent more time "perfecting" it, but I think a couple of hours is long enough (if it were my own )
I used the curves and eye dropper method for correction....
90% restoration done with the patch tool.....
a bit of cloning....
used match color for a couple of the really yellow spots....
desaturated a tiny bit to get rid of some of the "bloom" in her shirt
cropped it to get rid of the cracked white frame and put a black frame, then put and outer and inner glow on the pic.
let me know what you think
Last edited by slipchuck; 06-22-2006 at 06:07 PM.
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