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Old 04-12-2007, 08:02 AM
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Suggestions to improve this image

This is my first visit and I am astonished at what can be done. Could you suggest what I could do with this image and if there is a tutorial (dont seem to be able to view the tutorials for now)
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:04 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

Levels. Dust and Scratches Filter. High Pass Filter
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:19 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

This is my try.

-levels adjustment
-dust/scratches
-history brush -darken/lighten
-sharpen eyes

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Old 04-12-2007, 03:48 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

There are some good books on the subject, but this one is not too dificult. The question is: how far do you wish to go with noise reduction? If you go too far you end up losing too much detail.
1. Ran Shadow/Highlights two consecutive times with this setting:
shadows= 25, 40, 100
highlights=10, 40, 100
adjustments= color 0, midtone contrast +15
2. Ran Neat Image plugin noise reduction
3. Ran unsharp mask three times:
20/60/0, 100/1/0, 80/.6/0
4. Cloned out the remaining junk.
5. Used noise reduction again
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:30 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

Thank you for these. Excellent stuff! I would maybe like to have a go at colouring the image. I guess that is fairly tedious and time consuming?
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Old 04-12-2007, 11:00 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

maverick911, welcome to RP.

you might want to try this link for some colorizing help: http://www.worth1000.com/tutorial.asp?sid=161015
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Old 04-13-2007, 12:20 AM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

I gave it a try using layers in color blend mode.
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Old 04-13-2007, 12:48 PM
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Fantastic.....thank you both. Bill, can I ask how you reduced the grain, you havent lost any detail?
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:15 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

enhanced the blacks and whites.
highpass filter 1.8 set to vivid light
duplicate layer
noiseware default settings to reduce noise
added layer mask to mask out the man
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:24 PM
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Re: Suggestions to improve this image

Thanks, maverick911 Glad you like it.

I've struggled with noise/grain removal and have tried every technique that I've come across. Being a bit of a perfectionist, lately I've come to the conclusion that the best method is to remove the noise/grain by hand in the most important areas of the photo.

I used two levels layers, one to darken, one to lighten, both with black masks. I then painted white on the mask where I wanted to remove the grain on the face and shirt.

I ended with a tiny touch of overall noise reduction via 3party software.

It's a long and tedious process that I just started to use but the results are better than I've had with any other method I tried.

Good luck at RetouchPro, I'm sure you'll find a wealth of information to take you on the road to retouching insanity
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