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Old 06-23-2007, 08:49 AM
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Restoring old WW11 pictures

I have a collection of Ektrachrome slides dating from around 1942/45. I scanned them onto a hard drive as soon as I found them as it was apparent that they had deterioated over time despite only being viewed once or twice in the last 30 years or so. My wife and I need to restore some of these pictures for a possible future publication and would like some advice regarding a certain pattern effect that appears in a number of shots( please see example in attached photo)I am currently using Photoshop Elements 4.0 for editing and would appreciate any help or advice.
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:30 AM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

Have you tried rotating the slide 90 degrees and scanning again and then combining the two images?

I don't know if it will help in your case, but I've had good luck doing this on images that are very cracked - something to do with how the scanner light hits the cracks.

I realize that your slides are not "cracked" in the way a paper image is, but what I see in the image you attached, I would give it a try.

Margaret
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Old 06-23-2007, 10:40 AM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

Will give this a try....any more suggestions?

thanks....barris
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:35 PM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

Hi Barris.

Welcome to Retouch Pro.

The 'Pattern' on the image appears to be caused by Newton Rings

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton's_rings

Are the Slides in glass mounts?

The best solution would be to remove the slides from the glass mounts and re-scan. But if this is not possible then leaving a small air gap between the slide glass and the scanner glass may help.


Hope this helps

Ken.
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:42 PM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

barris, welcome to RP.

what you have there is a type of moire pattern. it's a bit of a wide one, but nonetheless moire. try this thread for help and dont neglect the links to other tutorials within that thread. http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/ima...ope-moire.html

if that doesnt do it, we can have a go at something else.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:51 AM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

I gave this a try
duplicate background layer twice
set first duplicate layer blending mode to lighten
set second layer blending mode to darken
select move tool tap arrow keys to move darken layer up and to the right
select lighten layer and tap arrow keys to move layer down and to the left
ran noiseware set to landscape default settings.
used surface blur radius of 8 threshold of 2
used grain surgery to sample grain from original image
then used grain surgery to match grain
finally auto color so its a little dark
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Old 06-25-2007, 11:34 PM
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what are the tap arrow keys and where are they, unimatrix?
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:06 AM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

ok, i've stared at this too long, no doubt. so, i'm probably way off here, but i'll post anyways and i can always change it later.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:08 PM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

Wow that is great Kraellin...!! Beautiful Job....and it is like a glowing look
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Old 06-26-2007, 05:08 PM
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Re: Restoring old WW11 pictures

Unimatrix & Craig - very nice work.

I'm with Ken, though; they look like Newton rings to me, too.
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