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Old 08-23-2008, 10:01 AM
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Hi everyone!
Well, going through my mother's box of pictures, I ended up finding some old pictures of my father. This one is from June 1942. The photo has what looks like a crease and a bunch of dust or whatever all that is. Other than that the photo isn't too bad, but it does need some work. So, I thought this would be great to practice on. For a photo like this, where do I start and what steps would you take as more experienced artisans?
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:24 AM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

I certainly don't qualify as an "experienced artisan", but I would suggest starting with removing the black spots, before you make any adjustments.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:33 AM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

The photo is in great shape. The corrections should be relatively easy. Clone or healing of the creases and black spots. The photo has a red cast to it. You can remove it using the Channel Mixer set to monochrome or a variety of other ways.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:27 AM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

Hawkeye60:
I couldn't think of another term that fit. That's why I'm a math major instead of an English major ;-)
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:35 PM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

This tutorial "Restoring an old photograph" by cameraken has become the starting work flow for most of my projects:
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=255
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Old 08-23-2008, 03:42 PM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

This is a start. I used Spot Healing brush, Clone and darkened the clothes.
It needs a professional touch though.
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:26 PM
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Thanks smak! That looks wonderful!

Well, here is where I've gotten so far. I only did the right half of the pic so far using the healing tool for everything. I love the healing tool! I didn't know it did such a great job!

Here's where I'm stuck though. On the right side of his forehead in the original picture I posted, there is some black stuff right on the edge of his forehead and the background. Also, there is some stuff on the heel of his foot on the left, on the edge of his heel and the table. How can I clean those spots up without them blending his head and foot with the background or table? I ask because the colors blend together on either side of the black stuff. Also, once I've gotten it cleaned up a bit, how can I make the background a little smoother and maybe his skin a little smoother? I guess, how would I do a little "airbrushing" on the skin too?
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:32 PM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

>>>>>>> there is some stuff on the heel of his foot on the left,

Sometimes you have to "re-create" what the foot should look like. You are not just cleaning up areas, you are re-creating" them. In some photos, for example, a crease goes right thru the face. It takes great skill to rebuild the area to make it look like the original face.
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How can I clean those spots up without them blending his head and foot with the background or table?
Here's where you zoom way in and either clone or paint pixel by pixel (or close to it).
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Old 08-24-2008, 10:08 AM
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Re: Found OLD picture. Where to start?

So I read the title of the thread and I see that the word "old" is in all caps, "Found OLD picture. Where to start? " I assume that we are going to talk about an old picture, but what do I find?

A somewhat dated photograph of a young man. I happen to have a photograph of me, taken when I was about that same size and age, and also created in 1942. Apparently 1942 was a good year for cute kids!

So in the future, please refrain from using the term "OLD" when speaking of photographs created in the 1940's, or you just might get sent to your room!
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