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Old 11-18-2005, 05:06 AM
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Restoration example

Greetings all

I thought I would post my efforts to restore a photo after learning from the forum. Any comments would be appreciated.

Regards

rog
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Old 11-18-2005, 06:27 AM
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Hi Raindancer,

Welcome to RP!

I had a look at your restoration and think you did a terrific job!

What I'd do differently is trying to match the subject's 'grain' in the background which, in my opinion, looks a bit too smooth in comparison....
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Old 11-18-2005, 06:40 AM
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Thanks for that. Any advice you can give me to achieve that?

Rog
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Old 11-18-2005, 08:35 AM
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Marathon effort there raindancer, well done too
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Old 11-18-2005, 10:03 AM
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Looks really good--excellent job on the cracks. The thing I noticed was there's sort of a fuzzy darkish aura around his body. It looks sort of like you extracted him from the background, then smoothed or NR'd the background and then put him back down on it.

If that's the case, you can avoid the aura by cloning out the background before smoothing it.

Bart
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Old 11-18-2005, 05:34 PM
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Hi Rog,

usually, I try everything to remove noise from pictures (actually, in your picture, it was JPG artifacts more than noise ...), but when it simply won't go or when the lack of it in some parts of the image makes everything look 'unnatural' ... then I just give in and add noise! ..(if you can't beat them .... )

What I did here is:

* keeping the ALT key pressed, I clicked on the 'Create a new Layer' button at the bottom of my Layers Palette.

* In the small window I changed the 'Mode' from 'Normal' to Overlay and checked the 'Fill with Overlay-neutral color' option.

*working on the newly created Overlay Layer I run Filter>Noise>Add Noise (Amount= 7, Uniform, Monochromatic) ... I applied a very light Gaussian Blur to it (Radius=0.3-0.4) and you could try with Filter>Stylize>Emboss until you are happy with the result ... (Attachment 1)

Lower the Noise Layer Opacity until you have reached the desired effect ...
In my second attachment you can see the starting point (I used your restored version), the middle point (immediately after adding the noise) and 'my' final point (after blurring, embossing, lowering the opacity and increasing contrast to make the subject 'pop' out more).

If it's too noisy, you could alway reduce it using a noise removal procedure at very soft settings.
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Old 11-19-2005, 04:44 AM
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Thanks to everyone for the advice...perfect. You were right Bart and I'll give that a go.

Flora, thanks for the excellent advice and examples. I'll try that on the original and see how I get on.

Regards

Rog

Thanks to everyone one else for the very kind comments.
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