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blotchy family portrait - how to start?

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Old 11-20-2005, 08:18 AM
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blotchy family portrait - how to start?

Is there any hope for a decent restoration on this portrait? This is my great-grandparents and their family, circa 1915. My grandmother is the women on the far left of the photo.

I use PS Elements 3.0 - and have tried many times to start on this project, but end up closing it w/o changes. I'm an amateur/beginner, have experience with the healing brush and the clone stamp for cracks and blemishes...but this photo is beyond my abilities.

[Oops...should have posted to "Challenges" or other section; sorry]
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:16 PM
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Hi Rod

Yep! It’s Blotchy.

I tried quite a lot of different methods to repair this. So I can understand why you are having problems.

I really don’t like to darken these pictures but in this case (after trying everything) I had to.

If you like my picture and want some steps then please let me know if you have these tools in Elements3

Shadow/Highlight?
Convert to CMYK?
Can you run Neat Image?

If you don’t like it then, that’s OK. Someone else may be able to help.


Ken
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Old 11-20-2005, 08:13 PM
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That's pretty much the problem I ran into.... Turned to CMYK, adjusted curves and then went greyscale but I deleted the black channel. Probably not the best method but limited time here... then I quickly highlighted sections and used the poloroid dust and scratch filter (yeah I know I use that a lot LOL) Sorry I only did bits and pieces.
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Old 11-20-2005, 08:38 PM
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Perhaps in conjunction with Polaroid filter, eliminating some of the background through Multiply.

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Old 11-20-2005, 11:58 PM
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That's a tough one

That's a tough one. I tried my usual combination of noise reduction and masking, but there are still some splothes and some of the detail got smoothed.

As with all old photos, scan scan it at the best quality possible--so at least you can effectively halt any further degradation. Then make your best stab at it and enjoy it. Over time, restoration technology will improve and each year you'll probably be able to try again and get progressively better results.

Bart
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:58 AM
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Something I was playing around with was:

1. Duplicate original
2. Filter Highpass and then invert
3. Paint back in 50% grey faces hands and details
4. Change blending mode to colour burn
5. Adjust Saturation
6. Adjust Levels
7. Copy Merged to new layer
8. Gaussian Blur and erase details and edges
9. Small gradient on bottom to darken slightly
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Old 11-21-2005, 07:56 PM
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I would ask if the bloches are silvering or oxidation and if it is someone with a copy camera with cross polarization will help this a bunch.
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Old 11-22-2005, 02:54 PM
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I used the high pass filter, Neat Image and the dodge and burn tools. I even added noise before Neat Image to equalize the noise.

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Old 11-22-2005, 10:58 PM
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hi rodmurrow, and welcome to RP!

i duped the background layer.
ran psp's digi camera noise removal at 20/15/10_50/40 .
duped that layer
ran psp digi noise removal again at 30/20/10_50/0 (no sharpening this time)
blend mode of multiply on top layer.
copy merge to new layer. all other layers off.
polaroid d&s on white
dupe layer.
mask all faces.
polaroid d&s on black.
copy merged to new layer. all other layers off.
dupe layer
Fast Fix plugin to lower sat and increase contrast a tiny bit.

done for now.

this image shld now have clone tools applied...liberally!

Craig
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Old 11-22-2005, 11:30 PM
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Hi Craig,

What's the Polaroid D&S filter? Is that a plugin? Where can I get it?

Thanks,
Bart
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