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Old 12-02-2006, 03:47 PM
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Re: Help please

Everyone has been so helpful. Thank you!

BUTCH... you are a genius! I've tried most of the techniques everyone has offered and Butch's offers probably the quickest solution. Amazing, really. I've been pecking away at the spots ("Out damn spot) all afternoon and just tried a quick low res version of your technique and I think it is going to work for me. Thank you again.

Ro.. yes, I know it's all so tedius and I did expect some tedium, but thousands and thousands of spots when I know the customer isn't going to pay the BIG bucks. I think she'd be happy with all the cracks gone, but I wouldn't. There in lies the rub. :-)
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Old 12-02-2006, 04:55 PM
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Re: Help please

dee dee,

very do-able image. i went over the whole with clone, blank layer, and started around 40% opacity on the brush. hardness 80, density 100%, use all layers. this was to remove the spots.

i followed this up with a 20% opacity to remove my clone marks. and then a 10% for more fine tuning.

after that i did a bit of airbrushing at 2% opacity.

i followed that with a very small 'push' brush (smudge) at around 40% opacity, 80 hardness and lowered that a bit (20% opacity) for some of the corners, lips, eyes and other hard to get at areas.

i ran a light 'clarify', 2% on the whole.

i ran a usm at about 8/100/5

then i did a selection of just the cap and added noise for grain and gausian blurred it at 1% or so.

i then did a selection of the skin, not eyes, hair, mouth or cap, and added noise at 20, monochrome, uniform and guasian blurred that at 2%.

that's the basics, anyways. some of those steps may not be in exactly the right order; i'm always seeing a little something that needs cloning, airbrushing or pushing, but it's fairly close.
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Old 12-02-2006, 07:36 PM
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Re: Help please

Hi Swampy

So you want a Quick Fix

Dupe the layer
Filter > Other > Minimum (setting of 1)
repeat
Filter > Other > Minimum (setting of 1)
Now
Filter > Other > Maximum (setting of 2)


Add a reveal all mask to this layer and then paint over the eyes, nostrils and mouth

Add a blank layer and paint in the cracks in the eyes etc.

Total time 6 mins.

These setting work on the second image posted. You will have to vary them for a larger image.

There is lots more that could be done (just depends when the money runs out)

The image you posted was greyscale. There may have been a better solution if we could see the colour scan.

Hope this helps

Ken.
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:55 PM
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Re: Help please

You people are magicians! I'm impressed with the many approaches you have used and the results you achieve.

The original was, unfortunately, scanned at 300 DPI grayscale. The customer had it scanned at the local newspaper and since it was a b/w print they scanned in black and white. (I'm guessing they scan everything in black and white and don't even deal with color unless it's a digital file from one of the reports that will print in color).

Here's where I've gotten thanks to all the help.
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Old 12-02-2006, 11:35 PM
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I saw how you got the spots in the first photo.. that was done using decrack twice. I used the clone brush set to lighten and darken on a blank layer, used the patch tool a couple of times to smooth the edges of the clone tool. added some noise and small amount of gaussian blur.
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Old 12-03-2006, 11:24 AM
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Re: Help please

Swampy this one was just too irresistible to pass up. It would be a lovely one to color as well. It would also make a great 'Challenge Photo'. How did it get like that in the first place? Those cracks are so regular they almost look like they are deliberate. A perfect photo to practice cloning on. And that's what I did - cloned all the way. My clone brush was set to darken and 100%. I used a bit of Healing Brush and the tiniest bit of Dust and Scratches. I also ran it through Neat Image and Sharpened slightly.

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Old 12-03-2006, 11:31 AM
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Syd, I have no idea how the photo got so cracked, but you are right they are very sharp and defined cracks. Excellent job with just the clone tool! That was a LOT of work!
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Old 12-03-2006, 12:27 PM
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Re: Help please

I had a hard time with the eyes :-(

How did you guys fix the eyes?

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Originally Posted by Swampy
Syd, I have no idea how the photo got so cracked, but you are right they are very sharp and defined cracks. Excellent job with just the clone tool! That was a LOT of work!
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Old 12-03-2006, 02:59 PM
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Re: Help please

Labor of love... he's so purty!

This photo is is very good shape considering.
I used the clone to clean up an area on the face, cover and background.
With each area that I cleaned up I made a pattern for the healing brush.
select area, copy, filter, pattern maker, (dont' watch the over all but do watch the smaller window) once you have the pattern the way you like it then go to the lower right hand and save the pattern under the name you chose.... dont' say OK to close, just cancel.

Next choose the healing brush: pattern > toggle down the arrow and choose the pattern you made. Choose appropriate brush. Oft times I use one that is the width of the crack... and it covers well. Remember that if you come close to a very dark edge like around the face to use the lasso and keep it separate....

Hope this helps.

The rest is a matter of clone and healing... and patience.

Hugz
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Old 12-03-2006, 03:15 PM
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...Labor of love... he's so purty!

LOLOLOLOL... Can't tell you how much he looks like my ex when we got married. Spittin' image!
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