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Old 06-04-2010, 02:15 PM
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Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

I am a newbie to restoring photographs and have an old one with many blemishes.

I thought the damage on the right side could be fixed by copying and mirroring an equal section of the left side and then blending what was left over to fix. And I thought I could copy and mirror the baby's left side of face and place it over the right side.

Then I started looking more at the picture and saw the scratch marks on the older boys face and all the brown stains on the white border.

The original picture is only 2.5 in x 3.5 in., and I have scanned it at 1200 DPI as a TIFF. From here, I don't know where to start on restoring this picture.

Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Matt
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:23 PM
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Here is my attempt not perfect but better I think. I am just an amateur hanging out with all you pros LOL.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:29 PM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

Wow! That looks amazing! What were the steps you took?
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:47 PM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

Matt, welcome to RetouchPro. The attached image is an example of the direction I would take with this restoration. It represents only a few minutes of work and I did not do much fine work, especially since the file is small.
- I recommend replacing background as these subjects will be easy to extract from the current BG
- Mirror part of the baby's head, jump it to its own layer, add a layer mask and blend it in.
- The woman's left arm can be done the same way. I only did the shoulder but you can cut and paste more of the arm.
- Cloning and healing to clean up all the blemishes, scratches, etc
- Overall color correction, reducing red and putting back some yellow in the skin.
- Apply a small amount of sharpening.
With a high res scan such as the one you have and a modest effort, you should be able to get an very good restoration of this image.
Regards, Murray
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:44 AM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

My (very amateur) effort

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Old 06-05-2010, 10:08 AM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

hEY Smurfing that looks great...I didn't like the way her hair looked so I cloned some hair from another pic I found of hair in the fities...I actually use photoimpact but have learned to adapt photoshop techs to my program..

Mainly waht I did was use the clone brush like crazy and I guess it would be the heal brush in photoshop...I also played with the levels a bit to brighten the overall picture up.
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Old 06-05-2010, 09:40 PM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

Well I first used global color correction and did use one half of the baby's head to cover the blemished part. Some blurring and healing etc.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:25 PM
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Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

Here is a web picture.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:25 PM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

Thank you everyone for sharing your attempts. I am learning a lot. I will be posting examples of my progress soon. It is a slow go. I work full time during the day and have a wife and three kids, all with there places to go and things to do. I am trying to be very pragmatic in the process and document every step I do and record the results, so I can learn and apply the wisdom on future projects.

Again thank you for all your help. It is greatly appreciated.

Matt
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:26 PM
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Re: Help restoring old picture with many blemishes

Here is my current Work In Progress. I still need to finish working on the mother's right side.

How can I bring out the details in the little boys features? His face is very washed out. Even in the original scan?
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