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Old 12-17-2004, 12:40 AM
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How to retouch this

I am new to photo restoration and wanted a walkthrough by someone who knows this based on this picture so I can try it myself

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Old 12-17-2004, 02:45 AM
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To start with, do you have access to a higher-resolution scan of the photograph in question? The one you have is a bit small.

First part of doing any photo restoration -- make sure you have the best possible digital file to start with. If you absolutely can't get a better scan then you can work with what you have but the results won't be as good.
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Old 12-17-2004, 02:51 AM
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sorry to say

sorry to say thats the best pic I have unless I can rescan to bigger size..I can try that...but not sure will work.

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Old 12-17-2004, 05:54 PM
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Until a pro shows up

I ran it thru "neat image" then duplicated & multiplied the layer ... lowered the opacity of the new layer... flattened it then adjusted the contrast.... something frowned on but seemed to help.

this is now at 300ppi .....altho I had to compress it to fit here... while I was working with it the pixelation was min. once repairs are made you may be able to sharpen it and print an 8x10

as you may soon see there are lots of ways to approach this... have fun
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Old 12-17-2004, 07:19 PM
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Nice Job

Great work...I didn't even get close to that...

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Old 12-17-2004, 10:06 PM
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Neat image did most of the work .... so far

If you haven't got it the Demo is a free edition of the software with slightly-limited functionality

http://www.neatimage.com/

it often does a good job easily but not always.. some photos are so bad I've ran them thru neat image more than once. you just have to be carefull not to lose much detail.

good luck
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:09 PM
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my new try

well after learning some things on here tried again..
lets see what folks thinks

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Old 12-18-2004, 01:42 AM
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Ron, if you used Neat Image, there are lots of controls to adjust so the image isn't too blurry, unless that's the effect you want.
I used a low noise reduction level along with lots of selective blurring, patching and darkening hair around the edges.

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Old 12-18-2004, 03:02 AM
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Hi everybody,

Great Jobs!!

As a fanatic for details and for the "as close as possible to the original", like Dave, I tend to work away from a 'blurred effect' but this is only my taste....

For this picture I tried a softer 'dreamy' effect thinking it could be more of TokenArt liking.

I used Polaroid Dust&Scratches Filter (can be downloaded free here) to remove light and dark dust.

I used Neat Image, very soft settings to minimize the noise.

I created a new empty Layer>Blending=Color and, with a soft brush (Opacity 30-50%), sampling from surrounding areas, I corrected the 'discolorations' (specially on her hair).

I created a 'Shadow Mask' Layer (Ctrl+Alt+~>select Luminosity ; Ctrl+I>Invert ; Ctrl+J>Copy the shadow Mask on its own Layer) and used the curves to balance Lights, Shadows and midtones on it ... (this balanced mainly hair and dress).

I used a channel Mask to select the girl, Ctrl+J copied my selection to its own Layer and set the Blending to Screen.

I very strongly blurred the Screen Layer and adjusted its Opacity until I was satisfied with the not too strong, dreamy effect.

Used a radial Gradient to replace the background.
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:42 AM
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Hi Flora, great job. I too used Polaroid Noise & Dust and Neat Image. I also used a Colour blend layer to even out colour, and a Soft Light 50% grey layer to even out contrast. I think we got a similar sort of look, although I prefer your background.
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