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Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

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Old 11-23-2006, 02:03 AM
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Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

I've restored a few hundred old faded, creased, torn, stained, etc. pictures. An acquaintance said he had a picture he'd carried in his wallet for many years because he treasured it, but over time it had deteriorated and he wondered if I could restore it. I said I'd give it a try. That was before I saw it. Here it is:

http://tinyurl.com/y9exd3

I've never tried to fix anything like this, and have no idea how to approach it [other than brute force cloning]. The problem, of course, is the bits that have flaked away throughout the image. If you blow this image up there are more tiny pieces missing than is apparent in this jpeg I made for viewing. I'm very experienced at cloning, but unwilling to spend the hours and hand cramps necessary to take out all those little missing spots. I suspect there's no other way. In which case I'm going to have to tell him, "Sorry." But, before I do that I thought I'd ask here.
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Old 11-23-2006, 03:17 AM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

For the tiny sample you've posted, make a duplicate layer, use dust&scratch filter in photoshop set to radius 2/threshold 35. Then set the blend mode to darken. It isn't perfect, but it's only a couple minutes work. Then a pass through noise ninja and healing brush in a few places to fix up the large scratches.

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Old 11-23-2006, 03:31 AM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

Hi
About 1 hours work here.... mainly smudge tool, some cloning and noise reduction.
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Old 11-23-2006, 04:24 AM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

Unfortunately, cloning is the only good way
But it will not take hours, I think, one hour at most. Can you please send me the original scan (a private message with a link will do, but I can also give you my mail address)?
I will try to help.
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:26 AM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

Hi Ying

I sent a private message.
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Old 11-23-2006, 04:24 PM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

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For the tiny sample you've posted, make a duplicate layer, use dust&scratch filter in photoshop set to radius 2/threshold 35. Then set the blend mode to darken. It isn't perfect, but it's only a couple minutes work. Then a pass through noise ninja and healing brush in a few places to fix up the large scratches.
Ok I tried this method on the full image which is 2700 pixels tall. It helped a some but not nearly as much as your result. Maybe I just couldn't find the right combination of radius and threshold but I ended up doing a lot of cloning, healing and blurring, and still have a spotty picture.
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Old 11-23-2006, 05:42 PM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

You may want to take the clone tool and carefully clone out a lot of those specks that are around the pant legs of the individuals in the photo. Their upper bodies look pretty good, though.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:47 PM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

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You may want to take the clone tool and carefully clone out a lot of those specks that are around the pant legs of the individuals in the photo.
I'm posting a 100% crop so you can see what those pants look like. This is the guy's lower Legs.
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Old 11-23-2006, 06:48 PM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

Dear i_am_jim
I really love the photo you posted - your first one.
Old photos have such character to them
I wish you luck in your restoring - Jillian
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:19 PM
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Re: Is There Any Practical Way to Restore This Photo?

i_am_jim,

Try zooming in using the clone tool and do your best. If not, I recommend either:

1) Taking the smudge tool. This may have mixed success
2) Take a tiny (1px) brush and set it to airbrush mode. Create a new layer. Using the eyedropper, sample the pant color from a non-damaged section and paint over it with the brush. Although it is "airbrushing", it is likely the only way to restore the pants, unless you either
a) Want to use the clone tool
b) Get the smudge tool to work (good luck)
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