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Old 02-05-2005, 05:47 PM
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RESTORATION & ENHANCING HELP NEEDED ASAP!!!

Hello,

I am new to retouchpro.com as of today. I am an amateur in Photoshop CS and in desperate need of help!!! I am working on a project in restoring and enhancing a black and white photograph. My deadline is this coming Tuesday, 02/08/05. I do not have access to the original picture, only a copy. It is a photograph of my Grandmother and it is blurry. I'm trying to make my Grandmother stand out by making it a crisp and sharp image. I don't even know where to begin, big sigh. To me, it's like replacing a lemon with a lemon, because I do not have the original photo to work off of. HELP PLEASE, SMILE!!! Any help would be greatly appreciated,Thank you.....
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Old 02-06-2005, 03:11 AM
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Hi Lisa, had a quick play with your image as follows.

Ran image through Neat Image to reduce noise.
Duplicated Background layer, then Extracted woman from it.
Blurred background using Gaussian Blur.
Duplicated woman layer
Blurred lower woman layer.
Sharpened upper woman layer and applied layer mask. Painted out areas I did'nt want sharpened. Adjusted layer opacity.
Merged two woman layers.
Applied levels to merged woman layer to increase contrast.

Sounds a bit involved but total time taken to do and post about 15 mins.
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:40 AM
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Talking Lovely work Gary!

Gary your work is very nicely done!
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:58 AM
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Thanks very much.
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Old 02-06-2005, 07:37 PM
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Hi
Had a little go,maybe overdone a tad.
Run Neat Image
Adjust Contrast
Digital Gem filter
Cheers
Chris
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Old 02-06-2005, 09:44 PM
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Well, here's the best I could do on the original and Gram's. On the original I tried to get some of Flora's facial contouring but failed miserably. It fun trying though!! Also had trouble with the chin.

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Old 02-07-2005, 03:43 PM
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Thumbs down Thanks!!!!

Hi Gary,

Nice to meet you, smile. Thank you so much for getting back to me. Wow, you're all the way out in England. Another part of my heritage I have never known. May I ask what Neat Image is? What do you mean by extracted? Are you talking about duplicating or inversing? What areas did you not sharpen on the upper half of the image? You did an amazing job? Do any of you work for a studio? Thanks going to Romany and Duv too! I really appreciate your help and feedback, smile.
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Old 02-07-2005, 05:23 PM
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Hi Lisa, Neat Image is a noise reduction programme which is either a stand alone, or a plug in for Photoshop. There is a free version available. Sorry I don't have a link for it at this time, if you do a Google, it should'nt be hard to find.

What I mean by extracted is I used the extract filter in photoshop to remove the girl from the background. That's why I first duplicated the background layer, so that afterwards I had the background, then above it in the layer stack a layer with just the girl. If you're not using Photoshop, then select the girl using your prefered selection method, then invert selection and edit/cut to remove the background.

I then duplicated the girl layer, so now I had the following layers.

Girl 2
Girl 1
Background.

Background I blurred to about 2 pix Gaussian Blur.
Girl 1 I blurred to about 0.6 Gaussian Blur
Girl 2 I sharpened using USM, radius 0.8, amount 150.

Then I applied a hide all mask to sharpened layer. Using a soft white brush, I painted on the mask therefore sharpening mostly round the eyes, nose, mouth and edges of her hair and clothes.

Hope this helps you, good luck with your restore. If any more questions, drop me a PM.
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Old 02-07-2005, 06:28 PM
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Hi Lisa
Just had a little play around with color.
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Old 02-07-2005, 07:49 PM
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Hey Gary,

Thanks so much for getting back to me. Yes, I am using Photoshop. I didn't know Neat Image was a plug-in, smile.
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