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Old 08-12-2006, 09:12 AM
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Suggestions for old photo?

Hello, first post here.

I'm going to try to attach an old image that needs help. It wasn't a good picture to start with and could legitimately have been discarded. However, the atmosphere is nostalgic and the children pictured are now nearly 40 years old, so I thought it worth trying to enhance a bit for the family archives. The digital result of the scanned photo is true to the original.

I'd appreciate suggestions for improvment while still maintaining the reminiscent quality, if possible.

I do not have Photoshop, but use Paint Shop Pro 9 and X with advanced but not expert knowledge.

Many thanks for any help.

Jamb
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:45 AM
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could you attach a larger version of this. I was going to give it a try but it is way to small.
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Old 08-12-2006, 01:54 PM
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Trying Again

I'm probably doing something wrong. I thought I was uploading the original, which is 745 x 447, and then thought the thumbnail would link to the original upload.

I've increased the size to 808 x 536 (6.733 x 4.467 inches), which is about as large as is allowed to upload.

If I'm still not following proper procedure, I'll read more instructions and give it another try.

Thanks for your interest!

Jamb
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:31 PM
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Hi Jamb

This one is beyond my skills... I could not find a lot of detail in the children. I do believe someone with artistic skills could rebuild some detail.

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Old 08-13-2006, 03:45 AM
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Thanks, Butch, for giving it a try.

Perhaps one reason that I haven't been able to improve the picture is that I don't know the result desired. I want to preserve the hot summer day atmosphere, but the current overall look is faded and dusty. It's probably not important to enhance or create detail, but just to clarify and brighten a bit. Or maybe I'm thinking in the wrong direction and should instead fade it even more.

So far I've tried replacing the blown-out sky with a bit more color, running the DCNR filter over the image and added a brightness/contrast adjustment layer. All of that has helped, but it still isn't "there".

On the other hand, it may be that this is a lost cause.

Thanks again!

Jamb
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Old 08-13-2006, 04:42 AM
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First post for me too, Jamb ..

I had a wee play and can't seem to get past 'haze', but here it is. If I can just figure out how to upload, that is ...

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Old 08-13-2006, 02:49 PM
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This is about as good as I could get it. Maybe someone with more experience can get more information out of the picture.
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Old 08-13-2006, 04:00 PM
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Hi Jamb.

This is a tough one. There is very little detail in the boys face.
I had best results by adjusting levels in CMYK and dragging the image back to RGB.

I can just about make out some fingers some hair and I think I can see the eyelids but anything else would be a guess.

There is 50% compression on the posted image. I hope it does not loose any detail.


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Old 08-13-2006, 04:05 PM
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Looks great Ken... beyond my Elements ..a big improvement.

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Old 08-14-2006, 12:08 PM
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Hi Butch. Thank you for your comments.

I am not sure if Jamb will like my picture because I have completely lost the ‘Nostalgic atmosphere’ of the original.

Here is another attempt. I used my image above, ran neat image on it and then faded it back 50% into the original so that it keeps some of the feeling of the original.

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