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Old 12-26-2006, 09:47 PM
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How can I help this photo?

HI, any suggestions for refurbishing this picture will be greatly appreciated. My friends in-laws pictured with their two children will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this Saturday and I am making 8x10 photo collages to be set on each of the 40 or 50 tables as part of the celebration. The little boy in the photo was their only son and passed away a few years back. I would like to learn a way to preserve this photo for the anniversary celebration. Have been scanning old pictures galore to get this done in time. I appreciate any suggestions Thanks Neb
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Old 12-26-2006, 11:01 PM
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Re: How can I help this photo?

neb,

looks like a clone job needed here. smoothing and blurring might do some, but i'd go with clone type tools for the worst parts first.
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:41 AM
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Re: How can I help this photo?

This may not even be close to what you want. I cropped the picture to put focus on the family members. Mostly cloning. For the grass and ground I used the lasso tool to make a selection and the put it on its own layer. Blended it in the best I could. Healing brush to some extent.

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Old 12-27-2006, 09:28 AM
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Re: How can I help this photo?

Neb,

The blue channel has the least damage. You could make a copy of the blue channel, Ctrl/Cmd+C, and paste it into the layers palette, Ctrl/Cmd+V. The remaider would be a fair amount of cloning on the dresses. I used a low opacity clone tool with Darken and Lighten brush blending modes.

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Old 12-27-2006, 10:28 AM
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Re: How can I help this photo?

I started by using a channel mixer adjustment level just using the blue channel as previously mentioned. Then I used several brushes and also a blank layer set to overlay blending mode and white and dark paint on that layer.
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:09 PM
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Re: How can I help this photo?

Thanks Dcobb Ken abd Phil. They look so much better. Will try soon. Neb
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Old 01-01-2007, 05:31 PM
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B/W Converter in CS3

I know this won't help most folks, but I tried the B/W converter in CS3 and turned the yellow slider way down and it mostly got rid of the problem leaving just a horizontal texture which I could then remove with selective vertical motion blur.

I used a gradient map to put sepia into the shadows and cyan/blue into the highlights for some depth.

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