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Hopeless Cause; My neighbor's mother

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Old 09-26-2005, 07:03 AM
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Hopeless Cause; My neighbor's mother

My next door neighbor gave me the only picture of his mother that he has, and it's in horrible condition. The size of the original is 1.5 x 1.5 inches, has been drawn on and stapled. I've been trying to restore it, but it is beyond my capability.

Can anyone here help me and my neighbor? Thank you so much!
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:54 AM
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(Not sure what program you are using, but I use Photoshop 7)

Try using the blue channel, it seemed to sustain the least damage. After that try using Dust and scratches filter to get out most of the scratches and dust. Hope that gets you started-

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Old 09-26-2005, 09:22 AM
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Great! Once I break out the blue channel,

What do I do? How I get it back into a color photograph? I use Paint Shop Pro 8, but I think I can translate most Photoshop instructions into Paint Shop Pro steps.

Thanks!!!
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Old 09-26-2005, 11:21 AM
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Ok. I think I understand. I'm editing all the channels

and recombining them. It seems that channel editing offers more control and cuts down on sloppy retouching etc.
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:46 PM
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I just started this and wanted to point you in the direction i went. I didn't have time to finish it. I only have PS 6 so i don't have all those fancy and easy options.

1. Copied layer
2. Did a Thershold layer to find white and black points (then deleted)
3. Did Selective color ADj layer to take out the reds
4.Color balance to get back the normal color (which i'm not happy with)
5.Applied a median filter (2) and mask out the facial features
6. then Cloned (which i didn't finish)

I hope I helped a little!
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:48 PM
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Yes, you can edit each channel individually, or you can simply choose the best of all of them (ie the blue), in Photoshop you can click on that channel, go under Select>Select All then copy- after that create a new layer and paste the channel into the new layer in the layer menu, not the channels. It will be a black and white though, but if you want to , you can alway recolor it. The work I did was only using the blue channel on a new layer. Sorry I didn't respond earlier, I am working on a really hard project that has tiny cracks all over the photo, even after some dust and scratches I am still battling cracks! So I am learning some new techniques today- If you have any questions, don't hestitate to ask. I'm not familiar with Paint Shop Pro 8 though, but you might try talking to Kraellin- I think he works with version 7? It would be worth a shot. He might know a better technique for that program.

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Old 09-26-2005, 01:49 PM
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Oopps sorry I forgot to attach.
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Old 09-26-2005, 01:59 PM
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Thank you so much for you wonderful advice and work,

Dreamypix and jenjen! You've really helped out! I'm going to try all of your suggestions to see what I can do.

Glad I joined the forum!
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Old 09-26-2005, 02:42 PM
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gave it a shot.

Craig

edit: sorry, it looked horrible when i posted it, so i took it down.

edit: ok, this is just with 'color balance' as an adjustment layer and contrast/brightness as an adjustment layer, and a little bit of clone here and there.

still needs a lot of cleanup.
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Old 09-26-2005, 06:16 PM
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Thanks Kraellin! I printed mine out, and it's

really mottled. I still have alot of work ahead.
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