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Old 12-04-2002, 06:37 PM
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Need help

I am working on a very old, faded, damaged picture. I have tried all the tricks I know, and followed some from Katrins's book as well as others. This is as good as any of those ideas (in the books) gets me. I do not want to PAINT in the face. Is there any way to get any more out of this without a weeks worth of work on this one restoration??

This is actually a GREAT improvement over the original, but I would like to get it looking even better. As you can see, it is VERY cracked and damaged...

Any ideas??

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Paul

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Old 12-04-2002, 07:07 PM
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Hi Paul,
It looks like your attachment didn't work. Can you please try again?
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Old 12-05-2002, 09:48 AM
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Missing image

Ok, here it is. (I hope!!)

Well, I don't know why I can't upload it here, but here is the link to the pic.
http://www.pictureitnew.com/test/eye.jpg

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Paul
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Old 12-05-2002, 11:06 AM
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Paul, what is that? An eye? If that's an example of what the entire photo is like, you have one heck of a task on your hands. Wow!
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Old 12-05-2002, 11:18 AM
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Oh geez! Yes, I'm pretty sure that's an eye. Wow.

OK, now that all of my verbal exclamations are out of the way, I'll take a closer look at it.

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Old 12-05-2002, 12:46 PM
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Well, I can't see any "easy" way out of this. This is a real doozy. I just re-read your help request and realized that you did NOT want to paint on the face. That makes it really difficult (as you can see from the progression of results I posted here.) But, here's what I tried.

1. Looked at each of the channels. The blue channel was almost black and the green channel was also quite dark. So, I threw them out and just worked on the red channel.
2. Adjusted the levels and the cracks were much more visible - but so was the detail of the eye. (v.1)
3. Brought that image into Neat Image to see what that would do. It did remove some of the cracks - at least it looked like I was looking at an eye with some cracks over it and not a bunch of cracks with a barely visible eye underneath.
4. Brought the image back into PS and did another levels adjustment to punch up the contrast. Unfortunately, it looked really blotchy. (v.2)
5. Used a paintbrush at 10% opacity and picked up the colors from the image, painted over it to (a) smooth out the color and (b) remove some more of the scratches. (v.3)
6. I thought that perhaps it now was closer to "normal" scratches, so ran the Dust & Scratches filter (3/11), used high pass sharpening and added the film grain filter at 2. (v.4)

This is the best I could do, so hope this helps a little. Unfortunately, what often appears to work well on a small portion of the image does not always translate to the whole image. I do not envy you on this one. These are the types of restorations that I dread.

Jeanie
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Old 12-05-2002, 12:49 PM
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Wow, Jeanie, that's amazing! And thanks for the step by step info and views.

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Old 12-05-2002, 12:52 PM
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Thanks Phyllis. (I just added the original image to my progression b/c I realized it wasn't uploaded to the site.)

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Old 12-05-2002, 03:59 PM
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That is quite an improvement. I will have to try that tonight when I have some time!
Where can I get a copy of Neat Image?? As that is one (I have quite a few) I don't have as of yet.

Thanks for the ideas, I will try them and post the results later, I may post the whole image as well.

DJ, Yes, that is an eye! And the one I posted was AFTER some work had been done. I have 2 images like this to be restored.

Thanks again,
Paul
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Old 12-05-2002, 04:04 PM
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www.neatimage.com

There is a free as well as a shareware version. I have the shareware home version and love it!

Jeanie
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