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Old 08-08-2001, 12:21 PM
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By Ed Ladendorf (ed) on Monday, July 16, 2001 - 03:46 pm:

Hi folks,

I've been struggling with a restoration. I finally got it to the point where I would like criticism on it. There are a few things that I'm aware of that are not good, but I'd like you to really sock it to me so I can get opinions on what is wrong with it. Suggestions on how to make it better would also be helpful. The image can be made larger by clicking on it. Thanks.


By Gina on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 - 09:49 am:


I think it might benefit from a gradient mask over the curves or levels, so that you get back some of the lost detail down at the bottom. Their feet kind of disappear, which I found a little disconcerting.

You were able to pull up a decent amount of detail from a photo that isn't exactly crisp to begin with. Have you tried duplicating the image layer, running the High Pass filter (setting ~ 10 or so), then setting the duplicate layer to Overlay mode? That can act as a sharpening tool without all the artifacts and such.

That's what I get at first glance. Hope you find my $.02 worth helpful.

By Ed Ladendorf (ed) on Wednesday, July 18, 2001 - 06:14 pm:

Hi Gina,

Thanks for the input. I'm not sure if you noticed (you probably did), but I replaced his shoes with some from another photo because I didn't think I could work with the originals very well. I wasn't too happy about the way the left foot is facing (but that's all I had), so I thought that with it being so dark, it wouldn't be as noticeable. But yes, I agree - it would be better with properly located shoes, and certainly a little lighter at the bottom. After I made the tonal adjustments, his clothes looked *really* bad, so I wound up trying the sepia effect, which covered up a lot of the distractions on the clothes. The sepia was only used to cover up a lot of bad looking stuff - it wasn't my original intention to make it sepia, so therefore I have to consider this effort a bust. I have *never* used the high pass filter. Thanks for passing that on. I'm going to give that a whirl. Your $.02 was worth much more. Thanks again.


By G Mantero on Monday, July 23, 2001 - 07:47 am:

The trick to the High Pass filter is to set the levels so you can *just* see the edges of the image. Much more, and you'll get some artifacts. Much less, and you won't get any sharpening.

I wouldn't consider your effort to be a bust. First of all, the image itself is much better than the original. Second, you learned a lot about things to try (and NOT to try) on the next one. Nothing's a bust when you come out of it saying "I've learned from this."

By Ed Ladendorf (ed) on Monday, July 23, 2001 - 10:24 am:

Ahhh, words of wisdom! Thanks for the tip on using the high pass filter. I'm sure it'll come in handy.


By G Mantero on Monday, July 23, 2001 - 02:32 pm:

I can afford a little wisdom, Ed (if only I had as much in real life...). Using Photoshop, I've managed to screw up more files than I care to admit! However, I always learned something, and once in awhile I thought I did irreparable damage, only to come out with a really cool image and a new technique!
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