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Old 11-09-2006, 10:01 PM
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35 year-old mistake I'm trying to fix!!

About 35 years ago, according to my mother, I scribbled all over a family photo with a blue ball point pen. I have been trying like mad to get rid of the ink and make a new copy for my mom for Christmas. I have CS2 and fairly proficient. Cloning has been my primary arsenal. I do hope someone out there will have some ideas. Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:14 AM
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Re: 35 year-old mistake I'm trying to fix!!

I think this is an improvement.
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:46 AM
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Re: 35 year-old mistake I'm trying to fix!!

Hi 2artsy,

As you supposed the clone tool is your best friend on this one. Sometimes if you're lucky the damage is limited to 1 channel, and we can replace it with one of the undamaged ones, but in this case all channels were damaged.

Had a quick go with it. Obviously with a bit more time and care you should be able to get better results.

Always do your cloning on a seperate layer as it makes correcting "mistakes" easier.
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Old 11-10-2006, 04:36 PM
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Re: 35 year-old mistake I'm trying to fix!!

Thanks to both of you for your efforts and your suggestions!! But, Dc, how did you fix the problem?
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:37 PM
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I really enjoy working on that type of problem where the basic image is good but has other problems. On the background and in some of the other areas I used the patch tool. For the rest I used the healing brush, clone tool, and the spot healing brush--I have CS2. The thing that really helped was the fact that I did the work using a Wacom Intuos 3 graphic tablet. Using the airbrush tool you can really control what you are doing, not to mention that it is much quicker than using a mouse. When I was done I used the degrunge to smooth the skin and I think I used LAB color to make further adjustments. Although time consuming, it was lots of fun. Hope this answers your question.

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Old 11-12-2006, 08:41 PM
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Re: 35 year-old mistake I'm trying to fix!!

Thanks a lot for the assistance you both provided. The information has truly been helpful.
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Old 11-12-2006, 09:45 PM
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Re: 35 year-old mistake I'm trying to fix!!

try this to remove the biro (pen) marks

1. inspect the 3 color channels - note that the blue ink isn't as noticeable in the blue channel.

2. create a channel mixer adjustment layer. Select the monochrome box. Slide the red and green channel sliders to 0 and the blu to +100%.

3. Minimizing the pen scribbles may leave the image a little flat. Use a levels adjustment layer and move the sliders to where the tonal info begins.

4. To remove the last pen scribbles - add a new layer. Use a small 50% hardness Clone Stamp Tool set to "sample all layers".

5. Use the Healing Brush set to "sample all layers" and deselect "aligned" to repair less important areas.
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