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Old 09-29-2006, 10:16 PM
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Unhappy Amy Grant

Hello All,

After spending some hours researching about repairing pictures I found this website. The story is that I took a picture with Amy Grant whom I've been a fan for a long time now but guess what? Murphy's law! The camera got defective and the result is a shame. Here is a link to the original picture and a modified one that I made with photoshop. Please, any help, if you can, would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much,

Rob

Here is the link to the pictures:
http://www.bossnova.net/picture
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:45 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

Would you settle for a black and white? The green channel is the best to work with.
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Old 09-30-2006, 04:10 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

Shame you just couldn't re-shoot!


Trying to lift the exposure/brightness of this image was difficult because the noise levels were so bad. I have no third party noise reduction plug-ins at the mo, and so used PSCS2's built in filters. Unfortunately, I found that for them to have any affect at all, I needed to really push them to extremes, resulting in an image that looked perhaps 'more painterly' than like a straight photograph. Personally, I quite like the effect, but ymmv.

What I did was duplicate the original onto a new layer, and then run it through a series of adjustments: levels, curves, colour balance, hue/sat, brightness/contrast, etc - tweaking this and playing with that till I got something I could live with.

I then ran noise reduction TO THE MAX, several times, followed by a couple of high pass layers (set to overlay) to try to bring back a little detail without also bringing back too much noise.

I used the blur tool to blur the background a bit more.

I used the sharpen tool a little (and very selectively) on the eyes, mouth, etc.

I decided to stop there, in case I really blew it!


Anyway, hope you like what I've done. It's not very natural looking, but it might pass as a portrait painting in the Louvre, or something.
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Old 09-30-2006, 04:12 AM
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Would you settle for a black and white? The green channel is the best to work with.
Hey, the black and white looks good!


What did you use for noise reduction?
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:10 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

I use NeatImage (the free version) for noise reduction. I might have pushed it a little to hard on the picture. http://www.neatimage.com/download.html

I also used the degrunge tutorial written by byRO
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=213

I only used the green channel
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:41 AM
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There's a free version of Neat Image?! Exxxcellent!


Thanks for the links and tips!
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:00 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

Hi Rob,

Murphy's Law stinks! I had a go at your photo and here is what I came up with and my steps.

1. Ran a levels adjustment layer to make the image a lot less dark.
2. Ran Neat Image to reduce some of the noise.
3. Converted the image to LAB mode.
4. Ran a Gaussian Blur on the a channel (about 9.6 so that the noise blurred)
5. Ran a Gaussian Blur on the b channel (also about 9.6)
6. Called it good but more adjustments could be made as needed.

If you want more of my settings let me know.
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Old 09-30-2006, 09:01 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

I copied the layer using screen blending mode. Then used a levels adjustment layer. I increased the saturation and then ran neat image on it.
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Old 09-30-2006, 09:27 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

Awork.

1: auto level.
2: 2 duplicate layer, option screen and merge visible.
3: shadows / highlight
4: duplicate layer. and naiseware plug- portrait mode.
5: 2. layer guasian blur hight.
6: 1. layer opasity 50-60
7: Merge visible.
8: curves.
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File Type: jpg Amy 3.jpg (74.2 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg Amy 4.jpg (90.5 KB, 64 views)

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Old 09-30-2006, 10:55 AM
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Re: Amy Grant

Just another try.


Beth
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