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Old 02-19-2010, 02:02 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

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You might want to start with a small amount of gaussian blur between 1 and 1.5 that will remove most of the pixelation then following that use use noise reduction to smooth out what is left you can adjust it to your taste from there.
I hadn't thought of gaussian blur to remove the pixelation, but just tried it and used it in conjunction with the color blend mode which helped a little with the color artifacts as well.

Thanks, Michael
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:06 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

I gave it a try, working on the first scan. I did levels adjustments and then noise reduction twice. Then added some noise back in. Blurred the background and added noise there. I did some patching on the jacket but that's not one of my skills. It could be better.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:15 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

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Well one thing I noticed was that there were a series of horizontal lines on the scan and that is most likely from your scanner so you might want to rescan at a 90 degree angle to minimize that.

I took your scan and increased the contrast with levels and used Neat Image to remove some of the noise.
Wow that's an incredible difference and I'd never have thought of scanning at a different angle, but then I'm only an egg when it comes to this ;-)

I will lose a little of the image if I turn it 90° but it will be worth it if it improves the image; won't be a bad thing if I lose some of the passport office stamp.

I wasn't familiar with Neat Image but just found it all over the web and will give it a try. I tried Noise Ninja a while ago but didn't get on with it very well.

Thanks,

Michael
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:44 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

Used the dust tool in PS3 and then re-did the eyes and mouth.
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:10 PM
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Used the dust tool in PS3 and then re-did the eyes and mouth.
Colored a little.
Well she certainly looks different, but she might have go arrested :-)
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:12 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

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I gave it a try, working on the first scan. I did levels adjustments and then noise reduction twice. Then added some noise back in. Blurred the background and added noise there. I did some patching on the jacket but that's not one of my skills. It could be better.
Nan
Wow, we're really getting there, thanks to you and everybody else,

Michael
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:15 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

I tried incorporating all of the above suggestions, except for rescanning at right angles which I will try tomorrow.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/igmwwwjmmyo/mother-noise reduction plus.png

The above is the result.

I do know that this will take quite a while to make it MUCH better but I think the above is an improvement.

What says you?

Sorry if I missed somebody but my replies are not happening as I'd have expected; they get added as new posts rather than appearing underneath the person that I'm replying to.

Should I be doing something differently?

Michael
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:44 PM
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Re: Old passport photo

I'm back, and haven't been lazy or unfaithful ;-)

I was trying to decide the best way to approach this image.

Scanning at 90° didn't help but it was a good idea.

Maybe I went in the wrong direction, but I made a mask from the green channel to get rid of the b.g. because I felt that noise wouldn't be an issue in much of the image such as the plaid jacket.

Then I just played a little with noise reduction and hopefully we will soon be at a "patching" stage.

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=5...5cbde7375ca78c

I tried sharpening but it just brought back a lot more noise so maybe that's something to do at the end of the work flow, which is most often recommended, but I sometimes use a high pass filter early on.

Any ideas and suggestion will be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Mike
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:02 AM
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Re: Old passport photo

I sent the original photo to a friend of mine last night at around 10PM and when I woke up I had these two photos in my email.

http://s825.photobucket.com/albums/z...inalscanZ2.jpg

http://s825.photobucket.com/albums/z...inalscanZ4.jpg

I'm not sure which one I like best, but I certainly have a lot to learn from her!

Michael

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