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Old 12-28-2006, 07:20 AM
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Question Stymied: How can I bring this back

This is an actual work piece. Thank goodness the others were more the standard fare. Its frustrating to be able to "see" through the fog but not be able to defog it. Any suggestions other than local dodge and burn??

This is actually a remixed image from a color scan. The 'fog' is the re-silverization of the image and shows very strong in the blue channel. So this is a remix of all the red channel and some green.
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:03 AM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

This was my take on the picture. I used the burn tool with a soft brush at 12%. For the hand I reversed and used the dodge tool at 10%. This may not even be close to the type for which you are looking. I do this type of work just for the fun of it and hopefully one of the more experienced members will be able to provide better you will a better solution. What I did, I did in a relatively short period of time and probably the real fix requires a longer, more labor intensive work. Another thought, If you had another picture with an acceptable period background you might be able to cut her from this and paste to the new background. The dress being dark would burn easily without hurting the polka dots.

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Old 12-28-2006, 01:38 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

Thanks dc. I should have been more explicit. Burn and Dodge I know. I am pretty well versed in PS CS. I was looking for a more global technique and I even tried a couple that I just made up like using the illumination copy as a mask for levels, curves, contrast & brightness adjustments. Its not clear that there is anything there, doesn't look promising.

Sometimes people here no some pretty amazing techniques so I ask.
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:45 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

How is this?
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:54 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

dont remember exactly what i did. messed with this alot and did several different things. i believe the finished picture which i only worked on the fog as you called it was this
levels
selective color and adjusted the blacks and neutrals
image>adjustments>variations
hope this is helpful
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:55 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

It's always a good idea to post the original along with your reworked version.
Because you're only posting the image you've already adjusted, you're missing out on techniques that might better handle the problem if applied to the original color image. For instance, combining the two channels (settings not mentioned) may not be the best way to go.
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:00 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

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It's always a good idea to post the original along with your reworked version.
you're missing out on techniques that might better handle the problem
You are right, or course, here's the original with all three channels.
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:54 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...uble+polorized

Check out post #8 for an example of the technique. Further along is an explanation of it.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:12 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

that's it Mike. The engineer in me 'knew' that there was something I was missing, a way to remove that sheen globally. Now all I have to do is go spend about 10x what I am getting paid for this on a light and polarizer. Oh well, It will pay for itself in the long run, eventually......

PS: Somewhere, probably here, I heard of using that same technique to remove the texture from highly texture photos.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:26 PM
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Re: Stymied: How can I bring this back

Or perhaps you might find a studio with the proper equipment and knowledge to make a file for you? I do things like that all the time for other folks, but I see we are not too close.
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