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Old 01-05-2006, 05:39 PM
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A challenge

for someone I am getting no where with this fast, Been a while since used my software, With work had no time at all to do much at all, Can someone try and see what you could do with this bad photo taken in 1936 It's a old image of my grandads brother whats come to light 2 weeks ago Me thinking I can restore this photo with ease Boy the brain is just not working at all Be greatful if someone fancies a go at improving the photo..

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Old 01-05-2006, 07:38 PM
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barry_uk, how about helping us first?
That's a very small photo (only 30K).
Could be a lot bigger - don't forget you can post up to 100K here.

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Old 01-05-2006, 07:55 PM
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My go

My humble attempt...

I use PSP9 and used the Edge Preserving Tool and Unsharpen Tool. I also Duplicated the faded end of the picture and manipulated Shadows/Midtones/Highlights and blended the two layers. I added a hint o' hue and a border. Tah - Dah!

Understand...I am new to this so my attempt should be shamed by all others.

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Old 01-05-2006, 11:15 PM
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And my humble attempt

Crop and straighten
Levels, curves and painted those adjustment mask so that corrections were made to the right side of the photo (light leak).

Clone work to eliminate the harsh line down the woman's body and torso where the light leak appeard

Converted to gray scale.

Equalize and Curves AJ for more contrast
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Old 01-06-2006, 06:59 AM
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I have redid a scan came up with this, Any better? I realy appreciate your help.. Thankyou
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:15 AM
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Had a quick go - still could do with work but I am out of time. Did some cloning, Neat Image, levels, selective sharpening and selective levels.
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Old 01-06-2006, 10:15 AM
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Hi Barry,

Main thing, IMO, is the faded or brightened band on the right. So I did a curve layer masked with a gradient to remove that band. The curve was created based on eyedropper samples from inside and outside of the band. There is also a fainter band on the left--same technique would apply. If the bands are due to a folded/bent original, I'd fix that as best as possible prior to scanning.

Then ran a combination of clarify and unsharp mask (radius of 30, strength of 25) to clear it up fix contrast. I'm using Paintshop Pro and I don't think the clarify filter exists in Photoshop, but you can just get away with only unsharp mask and some further adjusting on brightness and/or contrast.

Finally, did NR (NR tool in PSP) followed by some cloning and blemish remover (probably equivalent to the healing brush in PS).

I didn't crop the border or fix the rotation so the comparison with the original is easier. Besides, you can fix rotation in the scanning process :-)

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Old 01-06-2006, 03:25 PM
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Hi,

Barry,

Your second scan was a big help... Thank you!

I also had a go at your picture...

Clean up, balanced the faded areas, improved sharpness and contrast.
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Old 01-06-2006, 06:04 PM
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Thankyou very much for your work I am over the moon such lovely helpful people here, I have had a go myself in colour here is my attempt
whats your thoughts please be honest,

Barry..
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:15 PM
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Barry

Excellent color job. The only change I would make is to run a Hue/Sat adjustment and tone down the greens (tree in the background) and the blue of the car. I used your color file and this took me about 2 minutes.
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