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Old 04-26-2007, 12:29 AM
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Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

Requesting advice or assistance with the attached photo. It is the only photo of a family member who died in 1922. The photo is a scanned xerox image which seemed to be all available. I scanned it in at 16 bit grayscale and have tried manipulating through Photo Shop. The skin texture is blotchy. I used the curves layer, Neat Image, Gausian Blur. Any advice will be most welcome.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:41 AM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

Hi V Cooper,

The problem with your picture seems to be caused by having too much contrast in your restored picture.

With a picture of this age and condition it's not really possible to get the sort of clean bright image we accept these days, and a more sympathetic treatment is necessary.

I've done a quick clean up of your picture, and have enhanced slightly some of the contrast by use of Dodge and Burn in areas of her face (mostly round eyes and nose) that draw most attention.

I haven't tried too much to "enhance" the picture, just to draw out what's there.

It might be possible to do a little noise reduction to get rid of some of the grain, but I' haven't attempted to do so.

Might also be worth re-framing the shot slightly, as she is offset to one side, but I haven't done this either, as I don't usually re-frame shots without asking first.
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Old 04-26-2007, 04:34 AM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

I did a quick try.
-Smoothed background
-Degrunge (tutorial on this site)to smooth skin
-Selective sharpening on eyes
-Contrast adjustment

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Old 04-26-2007, 09:03 AM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

Hi all,

Could not resist a quick try on such a beautiful spirit. This lady has incredibly deep eyes... those of a gentle, wise old soul.

Coop... thank you, so very much, for posting this photo.

-noise reduction
-cloning and healing
-brightness and contrast correction
-selective brightening on hat ribbon
-grain added
-cropped

Cheers,
Sherry

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Old 04-26-2007, 11:17 AM
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Thank you for such efforts, I am so amazed as I had worked so hard, and the response let me know that I was overworking the picture. I also note that you start from the unretouched not the one that I have "overworked". Should I post the one that I worked on at all.
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Old 04-26-2007, 12:24 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

Yes! Keep posting your progress. For my two cents... just keep on working and working at it... honing your skills... doing the tutorials. Trial and error... see what works for you.

Post your work and the pros will let you know what you've done right and where you need some guidance.

There are people in RP who have incredible skills in the restoration and retouch areas... and they are more than willing to help us out anyway they can.

I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. :-)

Sherry
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:54 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

I do not have a problem with reframing of the photo, it was the old fashioned square as best I could tell with a reddish overglow which I removed by scanning.

Her eyes are quite striking I do agree and they are olive shapped and appear to be a light brown. I am also trying to retain the imagery of the hat which appears to be straw with a eyelet dress (top).

Here again is one of the images posted and with some revisions, feel free to continue working with me. Do know that it is much appreciated.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:05 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

Oops, I forgot to say that while I retain the name of the basic image that I used, I did use information and ideas from each of you that had responded thusfar.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:01 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

Your latest background is out of keeping with the figure, in that it is "clean" and the figure is not.

If you wish to use a new BG, it's necessary to distress it slightly so that it fits with the figure, else it looks "wrong".

I've done a v-quick BG change, but have added noise to the BG to help it blend better. It's by no means a complete job, but I hope you can see what I'm getting at.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:53 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration - 1922 Photo

I agree with the other folks, this photo needs a gentle touch. Here is my go at this. I used pattern maker to create a background that matches the existing one. I think an antique style border also would look good with this.

Larger image is here.
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