I gave your photo a go, but please remember I am fairly new to retouching. I am sure you will get some very good advice from people who have much more experience than I do.
Glad you posted it, I had fun trying different techniques.
I'm sorry, I meant to try to explain what I did. I duplicated your image and took the move tool, and using the arrow keys, I nudged it over a few pixels to help eleminate the pattern. Made it look blurred so I duplicated the background again,layed it on top of those layers and played with the different blend modes and opacity until I got something clearer. I can't remember all the steps, but I did flatten and kept overlaying the result. Then sharpened and cloned.
Last edited by mead; 08-12-2004 at 07:16 PM.
Wow that's quite the texture to work with. I don't have time to work with the image now, but I did run it through Neat Image (they have a free demo program you might like to try). I set the mode to remove all noise and tweaked the settings to bring back some detail.
Steps to help you get started:
1. Remove texture. Some scanners have settings to help with this, and there are several plug-in programs out there. I used the free Neat Image demo. You can also experiment with PhotoShop's despeckle, median filter, dust & scratches or guassian blur filters.
2. Correct Color with Levels, Curves or Selective Color Adjustment layers
3. Remove blemishes, spots, creases and so on with healing brush or clone brush
4. Apply USM (unsharp mask filter) or High Pass Filter to sharpen the lost detail
Last edited by T Paul; 08-13-2004 at 08:47 AM.
How To Remove Moire Patterns
Scanning photos printed on textured paper can produce a moire-like pattern. This pattern happens when the screen pattern of your original image gets magnified or conflicts with the scan. All printed materials will show some sort of screen pattern after scanning. Basically, the lower the print quality, the more intense the pattern.
Most scanning software offers a built-in descreen option to correct this problem before passing the image to your editing software. However, if your scanner does not have a descreen option, or if you don't like the results, try using the filters in Photoshop. The specific kind of filter that you will use will depend on the quality of the pattern. Median Noise or a Gaussian blur will take care of most Moire patterns. The choice of radius usually corresponds to the degree of pattern, but usually 1 or 2 will work. The following are some filters you can use to eliminate Moire patterns:
Filter>Noise>Median (set a radius)
Filter>Blur>Gaussian (set a radius)
One suggested technique:
1. Scan the image at a resolution approximately 150-200% higher than what you need for final output.
2. Go to Filter > Noise > Median.
3. Use a radius between 1-3. Typically the higher the quality of the source, the lower the radius can be.
4. Go to Image > Image Size (Image > Resize > Image Size in Elements) and resample to the desired image size and resolution using the bicubic resampling option.
5. Make sure you are zoomed to 100% magnification.
6. Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask. Exact settings will depend on the image resolution, but these settings are a good starting point: Amount 50-100%, Radius 1-3 pixels, Threshold 1-5. Use your eyes as the final judge.
If you still see a pattern after applying the Median filter, try a slight gaussian blur before resampling. Apply just enough blur to reduce the pattern.
If you notice halos or glows in the image after using Unsharp Mask, go to Edit > Fade. Use settings: 50% Opacity, Mode Luminosity. (Not available in Elements.)
Try scanning at a resolution higher than you need and then sample the image down. Often the resampling process fudges the image data enough to remove the patterning.
Last edited by T Paul; 08-12-2004 at 09:48 PM.
Excellent stuff TP! I ran the image thru Neat Image set to Auto then went over the image again with a low opacity blur tool brush. Brought back a bit of detail with some Luminosity and Unmask Sharpening.
BTW Mead, I like your approach and will play with it more to see what I can come up with.
Thank you, all
Thank you to all the people that have helped me with this photo. I have gotten some really good advice, and I think the photo looks much better. I am especially grateful, because as I said originally, this is one of only a small few pictures that I have of my grandfather. He died in 1950, as a result of his wounds from WWII.
I had a picture that was in pretty bad shape one time. I don't know anything about editing photos and I ended up having photochops.net work on it. It turned out better than I thought possible...and the cost was minimal.
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