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Old 01-09-2004, 01:33 PM
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Question old newspaper half-tone photos

I recently came across an old photo of a relative in an old newspaper.
It is black and white, printed in half tones.
Does anyone have any photoshop actions, or advice on how to clean this type of photo up so it can be enlarged and printed?

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Old 01-09-2004, 10:26 PM
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Hi Greg

Send us a pic. High res as possible.

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Old 01-09-2004, 10:27 PM
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If it has printing on the reverse I suggest that you place a dark piece of paper/card behind it when scanning as this usually blocks any print from the reverse showing through in the light areas.

If you scan it and post a copy here the members will certainly offer advice on how best to restore/retouch it.

Restoring half tone to photo effect is not always great.

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Old 01-09-2004, 10:27 PM
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One of our very first Restoration Challenges was about this very topic. It's very tough, especially if there's more dots than image, but maybe you can get some tips over there.
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By the way. I think I want to be where you are. Sounds rather nice.

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Old 01-10-2004, 02:08 PM
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Question Old newspaper halftone photos

Here is the old newspaper photo I want to enlarge and print. I scanned it at 600 dpi, then optimized it for the web. It was still too large to upload on RP, so I put it here: http://www.junct.com/~gblount .
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Old 01-10-2004, 02:35 PM
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On the example you posted, a Gaussian blur of .8 pixels doesn't look too bad.
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Old 01-10-2004, 04:52 PM
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Old newspaper halftone photos

Thanks Doug,
I'll give that a try.
Greg
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Old 01-10-2004, 10:50 PM
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Hi Greg,

Recently my nephew had a image he wanted printed and like your's it was from a newspaper.

After fiddling around, I got the best results from duplicating the image setting layer to Overlay with 50% Opacity, and using "Free Transform" nudged the layer once either right or left - it depends on the image as to which way is best. Up and down nudge can sometimes help, too. I then used Gaussian blur of .5 - .8.

All in all it worked out better than expected.

On your example the above method improved the original.

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I find myself coming back to Neat Image over and over when it comes to repetitive noise. I didn't try to do any post processing, just one time through the NeatImage Demo program.

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