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Old 10-07-2005, 07:32 AM
hachaliah hachaliah is offline
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New guy needs basic help...

Hey all.
Just started getting into the photoshopping the old family photos thing so i'm still learning.
Question: I've got two files of the same picture - one is the original, the second is one I cleaned up in the standalone version of Neatimage. My question is how to combine the neatimage file with the original in a new layer so I can retain the sharpness of the faces and details of some of the clothing while losing the graininess of the background?
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Old 10-07-2005, 07:38 AM
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If you open both images in Photoshop, you can then drag the cleaned up version onto your orginal, which will automatically create a new layer above. Then just use either the erase tool, or a mask, to reveal the lower layer for detail such as eyes etc.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:11 PM
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welcome to RP!

adding to what caitlin said, you can also adjust the opacity of the layer on top to allow the lower one to show more. or, you can use 'blending modes' such as 'overlay', 'screen', 'luminance' and so on to get different combination effects.

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Old 10-07-2005, 03:49 PM
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I'll give it a shot as soon as I get home.
I'd love any other tips with dealing with the cleaning up of speckles and stuff from black and white pictures.
Also - i've got another that is suffering from fading around the edges. The picture is very very dark as it is, the fading kind of ruins everything.
Perhaps I should put it up to see?
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Old 10-07-2005, 08:19 PM
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Good to have you Brian,

You can also open the file and duplicate the background. Then use a gaussian blur on the copy and, as Craig suggested try different opacities and blending modes. You can get lots of different results. This insures that the size of the layers are exactly the same so will match up exactly.

It is always helpful if you can include the picture. (There are instructions for this right at the top of the forum)

Again, welcome!

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