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Old 09-22-2004, 03:38 PM
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Significant dirt on photo - ideas?

Looking for some pointers here... I have this important family photo to restore that isn't generally in too bad shape -- some stains, splodges, minor tears, easy enough to handle -- but it has this ingrained dirt all over it (see attached sample). On the background I can use dust and scratches filter with no problem, but that won't work for the face.

My feeling is to try the Healing tool in Lighten mode, but I wondered if anyone else here has any tried-and-tested techniques for dealing with this kind of grime?
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Old 09-22-2004, 04:44 PM
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Try selecting areas where grime is bad, copy and paste to a new layer, change blend layer to lighten, then move new layer by 1 or 2 pixels. This will get rid of grime in large areas with not too much detail, detail areas must be done by cloning/healing brush. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-22-2004, 04:52 PM
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I have had a couple of jobs like that, after making the best copy I could, I gave them a good gentle washing with water and photoflo. A good deal of the dirt came off thereby making the retouching much easier.

Hope you have already tried this.

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Old 09-22-2004, 04:55 PM
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Try using d/s, select all, define as pattern, restore original, healing brush set to pattern and check aligned.
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Old 09-22-2004, 06:54 PM
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Hi Leah

I tried to treat it as noise. Ran it thru a program called Noiseware Community Edition. I think it's freeware. Other software would do the same. Not sure if this moves you forward.

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Old 09-23-2004, 01:49 AM
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Hi Leah!

make a mask (better than mine) of eyes lips nose
duplicate layer dust and scratches radius: 16- 25
treshold 0
blending option luminosity fill 60%
duplicate layer blur 6 pixel radius
blending option color fill 100%
some dust and scratches need on each channels
and stamp

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Old 09-23-2004, 05:05 AM
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Hi,

I run Polaroid Dust&Scratches Removal filter (can be downloaded free here) on Leah's picture twice, adjusting the settings.

Added a new empty Layer and used the Blur Tool (40-60% Stenght) on the remaining noisiest parts. (adjusted Opacity)

Run Neat Image on the individual Channels adjusting the settings for each Channel.

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Old 09-23-2004, 11:19 AM
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Flora, any reason for using Polaroids D&S over Photoshop D&S?

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Old 09-23-2004, 12:02 PM
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Hi Bob,

the only reason I sometimes use the Polaroid D&S instead of Photoshop D&S is that the Polaroid Filter lets you target light and dark noise individually ....


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Old 09-23-2004, 06:13 PM
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Just tried another approach:
  • Duplicated the Background Layer.
  • Working on the same duplicate I run Maximum and Minimum Filters.
  • Still on the same Layer, I run Dust & Scratches.
  • Used the Patch Tool to clear up.
  • Run Neat Image.
  • Run Levels on each Channel.
  • Run Selective Color to improve the colour.
  • Slightly blurred the image: Gaussian Blur Radius: 0.3 pixels.
  • I used USM to lightly sharpen the image.
  • Finally I added a little Noise.
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