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Old 05-03-2007, 10:49 AM
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Hello everyone, i have just come across this site and i must say that i am very impressed with what can be done in terms of restoring damaged photos. Attached is a old picture of my grandfather which i would love to be able to restore and give it to my dad. I do have access to CS2 or Paint shop pro 11 if thats any help. Any help or suggestions would be most welcome as i really am a bit of a novice at this. Thank you for your time.
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:25 AM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Soakes,

That photo will restore very easily, and nicely. One suggestion would be to work on a larger resolution image if you are interested in printing the photo larger than wallet size.

If you would like to restore the photo yourself, I suggest reading about the clone stamp and healing brush. These tools will allow you to erase the creases and cracks.

Before you do that, you should do a level adjustment, and ensure that the photos tones are evenly distributed over the luminosity spectrum.

These two techniques should make this photo look nearly new.

Another option, would be to scan the photo at a higher resolution, upload it to the internet and post the link here. I am certain that there are plenty of folks on this board that would be more than happy to do the restoration for you, myself included.

Good Luck,

Guy Thomas
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:16 PM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

My quick try.Levels,lots of healing brush.neat image.It's a start,could use more work.

Bob
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:29 PM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Thank you Guy and NYBOB for taking the time to reply and giving me some direction as what needs doing to the photo, also for NYBOB for his "quick try", which to my novice`s eye looks great.

I don`t know if i have done this correctly but i uploaded as Guy suggested a higher resolution version of the photo, although i cant really notice much of a difference.

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v6...t=Grandad2.jpg
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:56 PM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Hi

Here's my try. Plenty of cloning, levels adj and noise reduction.

Thought I would leave it sepia to retain old look.

Colan
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:45 PM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Hi soakes,

I left my version grainy since I took Neat Image off my computer... I had to clean house and it was one of the things that had to go.....

I converted to black and white by using the Channel Mixer and set to Monochrome. Then I flattened the layers and began to work.

Did a levels adjustment.

To get rid of light colored holes I Ctrl +J to duplicate the background layer then, with that layer selected, select the move tool. Tap the 'Down' arrow 2 times then tap the 'Left' arrow 2 times. Change the layer blend mode to Darken. Alt click the 'Add Layer Mask' button and with a white brush tap or paint over the white holes.

I flattened this all and began using the patch tool to get rid of the remaining spots.

To even out the too dark/light places I Alt clicked the 'Add New Layer' button and set the blend mode to Soft Light .... just underneath I clicked the 'Fill With Soft Light Neutral Gray' box, clicked OK.

In this new layer I lightened the dark spots by using the Dodge took set to Midpoints at about 10% and began lightening...

Repeated above then used the Burn tool set to Midpoints 10% and touched up too light areas.

Once I liked the picture, I flattened it all. Ctrl J to duplicate and set that layer blend mode to Soft Light. Then went Filters > Other > High Pass and sharpened.

I reduced the opacity of that layer then flattened.

I then went Image > Mode > Grayscale

Then again went Image > Mode > Duotone and clicked 'Load' and played around with various colors.

Changed the Image > Mode > back to RGB and that was it!

Fun picture to work on, thanks!

Beth
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Old 05-03-2007, 10:36 PM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Solitear,

You did a very nice job. And your step through is also highly appreciated.

soakes,

You had the right idea about uploading to photobucket, but the file is the same resolution. What I emant, was rescan the original photo, so that it comes out with dimensions in the thousands instead of hundreds.

Right now the photo is only 573 x 800 px , but in order to print this as an 8" x 10" you would want to work with the file in a range of 2200 x 3000 px.

Hopefully, not too confusing. Let me know if you have any questions.

-Guy Thomas
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Old 05-03-2007, 11:08 PM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Thanks Guy! I try to cover the steps for others as a 'pay it forward' kind of thing.... BTW I notice you do the same thing .......I'm eternally grateful to those gracious people who post for me to learn....

Are you currently serving in Iraq?

Beth
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Old 05-04-2007, 01:55 AM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Thanks Beth,

I work at the US Embassy in Baghdad as a contractor. I should be here for another 11 1/2 months or so.

-Guy
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:17 AM
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Re: Help and ideas for old photo of grandad

Hopefully, Guy, you're as safe as you can be there..... I'm sure your loved ones are praying hedges of protection for you and can't wait until you're safely home again.

oxoxo
Beth
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