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picture from @ 1900

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Old 11-11-2005, 11:07 PM
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picture from @ 1900

This is the picture and I am the student. I'm interested in hearing how you would approach restoring this picture. What would you do first?

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Sylvia Morris
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:30 AM
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The first thing I'd do is explain to the customer that you will not be able to restore the exact likeness to the faces that are completely damaged. If there is not a similiar photo for reference, let the customer know what to expect from your abilities. If that is satisfactory, start cloning, healing, and cleaning.
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:59 PM
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sky

The picture is so dirty that there's no where to really sample and capture and clean area of the sky. I've thought about trying to use the magnetic lasso about the sky area and just fill it with white; then use the healing brush to blend the edges of it into the trees. I have 2 questions. What do you think about that approach? and Why isn't my magnetic lasso tool working? I have the picture mode on RGB.

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Old 11-12-2005, 02:16 PM
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For the sky, I would probably use some cloning over the writing area (if the customer requested the writing to be removed) and then try using dust and descratch filters to remove the noise. Perhaps finish with a very mild guassian blur layer if necessary. I'm not the best at explaining things though. Sorry I don't know about the lasso and why it's not working though. I never use that one.
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Old 11-12-2005, 04:32 PM
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Hi Sylvia.

Rotated and cropped the picture.

Image > adjust Levels
Input Levels 0 1.14 200
Output Levels 0 230

This is a good start and removes a lot of the marks.

The rest will need to be cloned out. I did the trees and the tent but you will need to spend longer on the people.

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Old 11-12-2005, 10:50 PM
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Wow!

I'm very impressed with what you did. I followed your steps exactly and now my sky is almost completely cleaned up.

Sylvia
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:22 PM
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surface

If you zoom in on this picture, you can see ridges on various surfaces that look like fingerprints. Could this be fingerprints?

Sylvia
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Old 11-14-2005, 08:06 AM
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If this image is magnified, I can see ridges that look like fingerprints. Could they actually be fingerprints and will software such as NeatImage take care of that? Also, look at the heads of the people on the left side in the back of the group that are next to the tent. I'm concerned that I've cleaned up the white tent around the heads and it may look unnaturally clean and white. I hope this makes sense. Is there a better way to do this?

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Old 11-14-2005, 08:11 AM
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Oops!

Forgot to attach the image in progress.........
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Old 11-14-2005, 07:32 PM
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Hi Sylvia.

I looked carefully at the original picture and I can’t see any fingerprints, but your post has a lot of jpeg compression so you are probably working on a higher Res picture where you may see something different.

Regarding the tent.

Yes it will look strange if the tent does not match the rest of the picture

If you look carefully at my last picture, I did not clone away everything on the tent.
I cloned the marks out at a lower opacity and deliberately left a few marks in to match the rest of the picture.

Or.
You could clone All the marks out then add back some noise and shading.

Create a new blank layer above your picture
Fill with 50% Gray and set blending mode to hard light
Filter > Noise > Add Noise Amount=4, Gaussian.
Add a layer mask and fill with black

Now you can paint onto the layer mask in white to add the noise where you want it.
When I had done that I faded back the effect to 50% opacity.

You may need to add this to the sky and all the white areas as well.


You could also add some shading.

Create a new blank layer above your picture and using a soft brush about 35 and set at 5% opacity paint on a couple of shadows in black.
I then faded that effect back to 30% opacity.

I have exaggerated the effect here. I would normally have faded them back another 10% (Your Call)


Hope this helps.

Ken
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