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Old 03-01-2004, 01:53 PM
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Ok folks. I'm new to this forum and almost as new to photo restoration. I must admit I'm learning a lot and enjoying the challenge. The pic I have posted is of my 71 Mustang Boss 351. It was taken while the car was still new by the dealership owner. Unfortunately this polaroid pic has suffered through years of storage. A few friends have told me to trash it as there's no way to clean it up. I'm hoping to get some good ideas by using this site. My few attempts have been using the clone stamp. To date I have nothing very good to 'show off'. The largest problems I have are to rearrange the shape of the car around the damaged checking and distortion of the picture surface. I would guess this type of damage is very common to old polaroids.

I also would like to know the first steps necessary to start on cleaning up pics. ex: color adjustments first or last... I am very new to this but I'll be searching this site for lots of help - thanks!

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Old 03-02-2004, 03:04 PM
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It looks like a more dramatic repair than it actually is. Polaroids are actually pretty low resolution, so you can pretty much clone with impunity.

Here I simply opened Levels, clicked on the rear car panel with the white eyedropper, the shadow under the car with the black eyedropper, then painted on a new color blend layer with color sampled from the non-stained section of the parking lot.

There's really not much detail in the sky or car, so the rest can pretty much be done by copying sections and floating them over the damaged areas.

Actually, as damage goes this is kind of pretty

As for working order, start global and work towards smaller and smaller details. So start with overall tone and color, then do the larger fixes, then on down to the smallest fixes.
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Old 03-06-2004, 08:21 PM
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better pic uploaded

I wasn't happy with the resolution of my original upoaded pic.
I hope this one will be better.

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Old 03-11-2004, 11:34 AM
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Hi Ray,

I tried and tried to fix your picture .... (no much luck though .... )

I'm posting the result I got anyway, for you to see...

I got there creating tons of Layers (blending set to: Lighten, Darken, Color, Soft Light and Overlay)for general corrections.

I used The Patch and Clone Tools for selected corrections: Car Body, Tarmac, etc.

I used the Smudge Tool on parts of the car trying to correct the, partially, very deformed contours of tyres, tyre rims and tyre areas ....

Finally I surrendered to the cracks ....(not enough details between cracks as to reconstruct the landscape in an acceptable way ....)

Sorry I couldn't do any better .... You must really care about that picture a lot....

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Old 03-12-2004, 04:42 PM
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Hi Ray,

I tried and tried to fix your picture .... (no much luck though .... )

I'm posting the result I got anyway, for you to see...

I got there creating tons of Layers (blending set to: Lighten, Darken, Color, Soft Light and Overlay)for general corrections.

I used The Patch and Clone Tools for selected corrections: Car Body, Tarmac, etc.

I used the Smudge Tool on parts of the car trying to correct the, partially, very deformed contours of tyres, tyre rims and tyre areas ....

Finally I surrendered to the cracks ....(not enough details between cracks as to reconstruct the landscape in an acceptable way ....)

Sorry I couldn't do any better .... You must really care about that picture a lot....

Actually it is just a picture of something I care about, my car. But the pic represents important historical significance about this specific car. The dealer thought enough about the car to take the picture. They knew it would be the only one they would sell. (rare car - small town Ford dealership)

The actual color of the car is Wimbledon white. It's a darker eggshell white.
I'll try to upload a sample.

The part I'm really impressed with are the wheel covers/trim rings. They appear so clean and polished - just like new. How did you get that effect?

You actually did a nice job with what was there to work with. I am learning so much from your work.

I'm still learning to 'deal' with these layers. -Not something I pick up quickly. I usually just make a copy of what I'm working on. Then cut up and manipulate the copy to get the desired end product pasted to my working copy...

Thanks again!
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Old 03-14-2004, 01:09 PM
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Hi Ray,

me again...

Thanks for your kind words....

I worked a bit more on your picture...
  • Cleaned up the car a bit more.
  • Used the colour you sent for 'painting' the car.
  • Used 'Motion Blur' for the background.

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The part I'm really impressed with are the wheel covers/trim rings. They appear so clean and polished - just like new. How did you get that effect?
I just desaturated them and used the Color Dodge Tool (Highlights, Opacity 10/30%)

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Old 04-11-2004, 02:37 PM
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Here's another pic taken from another angle. I've been asked about getting a better pic of the car. This is definitely the better of the two. I apologize for taking so long to get it posted. But here it is. This is the original scan of the polaroid. I'll post my progress pic in next post.

Thanks to all!

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Old 04-11-2004, 02:40 PM
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Here's my small amout of progress. I definitely have worked on the easy stuff first.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-13-2004, 05:29 AM
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Hi Ray,

Great Car!!!!

...and plenty of details to work on this time!!!

Here is what I came up with .... Hope to have done justice to your car !

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Old 04-13-2004, 07:25 AM
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WOW Great job Flora!

Impressive!

I guess now I can ask the embarrassing question:
How long did it take you? I have been working on this off & on for...

One more request - (please) - Could you go over a few of the steps you took to get these results? I'm sure you used a lot of 'save layer via copy' or something similar then adjusted opacity to help line up before you filled. If not how did you do it? I especially need to know how you used different layers. It seems I am saving new files every time I make a change or improvement. -Similar to creating a new database every time you just want to make a new record... Not the most efficient way>>>>

Ciao Flora.

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