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Old 10-14-2005, 09:07 AM
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Really hard restoration.

My grandfather asked me to restore two photos, one of them needs some work, but it is easy so I can do it easily, but the second one looks very difficult for me...

Do you think that this photo can be restored ?

If you can give it a try and then some advice I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-14-2005, 10:59 AM
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I'll have to try later to see for sure but I would think it's restorable. Obviously there may some detail missed since you can't see them to begin with but I think using the clone and healing brushes and a little paintbrush perhaps you should be able to get something. Then I would make a new layer to make a little more definition with shadowing etc. I'll see if I have time later to maybe try a few things on it and get back to you.
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Old 10-14-2005, 04:47 PM
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i did part of this one. i found it an interesting reconstruction. most the primary facial features are evident, so it wasnt that difficult. the hardest part was probably getting the shadow and texture back in there.

i only did the portrait part, not the frame.

mostly clone on a duped layer.
some 'makeover tool', which i think may be the like tool in psp as ps's heal brush.
some push.
some smudge.
and a separate blank raster layer for airbrushing in shadows and grain and even for covering the whitish blue parts.
at the end i did a bit of contrast/lighten in an adjustment layer
also ran the fast fix plugin to remove the blue cast. very easy to put that back again if you feel it belongs.

there's actually more that could be done on the portrait. i consider what i did the bare minimum.

love these old pics.

ask your gramps how i did, please.

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Old 10-14-2005, 08:48 PM
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My version is very rough too. It represents only about half an hour of work. It needs more attention on the ear and hair and general cleanup but this is just to show you that you can restore it. I think with a lot of time and patience you can get a very good result. There is enough skin left to clone from and with the healing brush and patch you can blend it together. It will probably help you too to talk with your grandfather (if he knew the person) to get an idea of how proceed as you reconstruct the missing sections, especially the eyes and nose.

Basically what I did here was clone, use the healing patch, healing brusn, some dodge and burn, the blur tool to blend more and a change to a sepia color. Then just a feathered selection

Good luck. I would be interested in seeing your final result

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Old 10-14-2005, 11:25 PM
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Ok this is my really quick fix. I worked on it for about 20 minutes so I'm sorry it's not finished. Good news is it's because I have work to do tonight WOOHOO! Anyhows, I hope I've helped some. I just did a lot of cloning, healing brush, and smudging so far. If I get more time later, maybe I can work on it more. I had to reduce the quality so it would fit on here... sorry bout that. I have a better copy on the computer.
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:56 AM
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Talking Grand Dad

Well here is my fix. Of interest is the pupil of the right eye which seems to be elevated. Or is it part of an artifact?? I thought the dark spot in the right eye may have been an artifact. Oh well.
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Old 10-15-2005, 06:38 PM
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I've gotten a start, but have to finish some other things. I'll get back to it, but its getting there.

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Old 10-16-2005, 07:47 AM
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This is what I call a mood picture - 'really gotta be in the mood'
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:19 PM
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Hi James.

Your Photo is 95% complete. There is part of one eye and eyebrow to guess at But the rest is basically intact so its probably not as hard as you think.

It is just time consuming to get the detail right. I always find adding the shadow and highlight detail the hardest. Not in how to do it but more in where to add them. So I usually search for another similar photo to get the positions right.

Don’t forget to add some texture to the paint to make it match the rest of the picture.

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