Black on Black
black on black
First off, this image is such low resolution that it makes working with it difficult. Second, there appears to be a large circle such as might be made by a watermark on the picture. I made no attempt to get rid of it. Third, while lightening the picture was not difficult, keeping the .jpg noise under control was. What I have here is lightened about as far as I'm willing to go without further compromising quality (such that it is). If I were braver and had more time, I might employ Grain Surgery or Neat Image. However, that is something you can do yourself.
Lightening accomplished by using curves rather than levels. I found a grey point (don't ask me where) and worked from there. I made a small attempt to decrease the terrible noise by changing to Lab mode and blurring the color channels. I also created a duplicate layer, used median and gaussian blur then blended that copy with color mode.
I'm sure others are better suited to repair this photo.
Last edited by Janet Petty; 10-13-2004 at 06:11 PM.
A great candidate for PhotoShop CS's shadow/highlight filter...
1. Duplicate Image
2. Apply Shadow/Highlight Filter
Tonal Width 47
Tonal Width 0
Color Correction -32
Midtone Contrast +16
3. I then used the lasso tool to select the background on the original image and duplicate it. Place this layer above the Shadow/Highlight layer. This will make the background darker than the subject. I also applied a slight Gaussian blur to the background to help soften it.
4. Next I ran the image through a noise suppression program to reduce the noise.
5. I applied a Curves Adjustment layer to brighten the image
6. Finally I applied Unsharp Mask
Note if you want to lighten this further you could apply the Shadow/Highlight filter again or try duplicating the image and setting the overlay mode to screen. Then adjust the opacity to your liking.
Last edited by T Paul; 10-14-2004 at 09:36 AM.
I just tried removing some of the noise on his jacket, I used the undither tool in corel with 40 as the amount. Here is the new image.
Last edited by imrtun; 10-14-2004 at 01:12 PM.
Great results with this picture!
I tried this:
Last edited by Flora; 10-14-2004 at 11:06 AM.
Thank you Flora!
I like how you've managed to keep his skin tone and colour!
I had another try, http://img36.exs.cx/img36/3656/backonblack2_2.png The remaining noise was removed with the blend tool in Corel with an amount of 10 and 20% transparency. I also tried to keep some of the colour by masking parts of the original image and placing them ontop of my retouched image with the object (think there called layers in PS) set to colour and colour balance settings to Cyan-Red -6, Magenta-Green 15, Yellow-Blue 21. I also unticked the shadows box when doing this.
Hope that made some sense to the many PS users out there!
Last edited by imrtun; 10-14-2004 at 02:23 PM.
Black on Black revisited
Thank you all so much for your guidance, especially Flora & imrtun. Your procedures are clear, concise and, more than presenting solutions to an immediate problem, you gave me an understanding of some of the intricacies (and the basics) of Photoshop...far more than the books by Eismann or Caplin. Thank you again...will post my results later today after just a few more tweaks.
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