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Old 04-19-2007, 01:29 PM
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Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

Hi,

I was directed over here from the guys @ PhotoshopTechniques.com as your'e the experts on photo restoration etc.

I have an old photo (from 1930s - my grandparents wedding photo) that has been ripped and badly repaired (the photo has been taped back together, but there is a gap between the two bits).

As well as this, the photo is not exactly great quality, a lot of scratches, creases etc.

I have scanned it in and had bit of a play, but as I don't really know what I'm doing, I'm not getting very far.

I would like to get it repaired and cleaned up so I can get it printed out and framed for my mum and her brother and sister.

Here are some links to the photo:

PSD:

http://www.psycho-uk.co.uk/old-photo.psd (12.4Mb)

JPG:

http://www.psycho-uk.co.uk/old-photo.jpg (<1Mb)

I've put the PSD up in case someone had the urge to see what they could do with it.

I would appreciate any help.

Thanks.
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Old 04-19-2007, 03:25 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

It,s nice to have those old photo. I'm new at this as well.
I used the clone tool mostly.
Paul
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:21 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

You need a lot of patience for this as it requires extensive use of the Clone tool.
I initially desaturated the image to remove some blue fringing around some edges then applied the Noise/Dust & Scratches filter to clean up the dust and then it's on to the Clone tool. There's a lot more left to do on this one but it comes down to how much time you want to spend on it.
To do it properly takes a while, with particular attention to faces, which are what the eye naturally focuses on.
Once cleaned it up I would adjust Levels & Curves and then maybe re-tone it to retain the original sepia effect.
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Old 04-19-2007, 04:28 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

Thanks for those....I've spent most of the night on it and have got nowhere near to that.

I managed to remove the scratch in the top left, the rip in the middle bottom and some 'noise', but thats about it - and I struggled with that. I was using the clone stamp tool and then smuding the edges to try to get it to blend in.

Here's my attempt, so far:

http://www.psycho-uk.co.uk/old-photo1.jpg

I suppose knowing what your doing helps a bit
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:00 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

Yeah, good Cloning just takes practice.
This is probably obvious but it's a little like 'planing with the grain' to use a woodwork metaphor. If, for example, you have a jacket with damage across the edge then sample from above or below the edge such that the sample area covers part of the edge and part of the background, if you get my drift. Also you'll need to make much use of the Ctrl-Alt/Z to undo what didn't quite cut it. Very laborious work.
Also, where possible, select an area adjacent to the damage, copy it and paste it to a new layer then Move the pasted section over the top of the damage. Also check out the Patch tool which does similar.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:17 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

This is my try. An excellent photo to use for practice. Did not do a lot with the dust, etc.

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Old 04-19-2007, 09:12 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

If you are doing a lot of cloning it is best to put a new layer over the working image layer (Layer=>New=>Layer) with blending mode set to Normal. Be sure to turn on "Use All Layers" check box above the image window. This way, if you mess something up and want to re-do an area, you can simply erase the previous cloning.
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Old 04-19-2007, 10:36 PM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

I touched this up and repaired the tears. You can download the full size image from here. Hope you like it.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u...photo3copy.jpg

or if you would prefer, here it is colored in Sepia

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u...hoto3sepia.jpg

Would you mind if I used a copy of your original in my portfolio?

Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2007, 03:48 AM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

WOW - thanks all....

Dave - I have no problems using it in your portfolio....I'm grateful for the work you've done on it.

I do have a load of other old photos that need doing, but this was the worst and I didn't know what could be done with it.

I'm going to try and get to grips with PS and work on the others. I'll post up some results (if they're any good).

What resolution is best to scan the photos in? I'm using a Canon PIXMA MP810.

Thanks,
Simon
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Old 04-20-2007, 04:41 AM
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Re: Old, ripped, scratched photo needs help

I think I got them all. I lightened it and got rid of those dark circles under the eyes that made them look like frankenstein.

Larger version: http://img81.imageshack.us/my.php?image=psychoukhv7.jpg
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