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Old 07-09-2007, 06:02 PM
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Ive been restoring an old photograph for a customer and Im wondering what the critique would be.
With this photo my scanner was too small and I had to scan it in two phases, then cloned the two together.
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:41 PM
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Re: Train Restoration -

I'd say that you did a very good job. I tried to find where you merged the two halves, and couldn't really tell. Very nice. I might want to play with the levels a little more, but not sure I could improve on it.

Good job.
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Old 07-09-2007, 07:19 PM
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Re: Train Restoration -

Thank you for your thoughts. I am very anal when it comes to cloning pictures together. That took me about 6 tries before I was satisfied.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by levels, of what level? As my name I'm still learnin'!
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:16 PM
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Re: Train Restoration -

levels, it's a filter to adjust the light 'levels' of an image.

and i pretty much agree with dave. nicely done on the cloning but the sky is a bit too bright/white and is affecting other areas of the image, like the engine. 'levels' could help to bring that down. there also seems to be a fair amount of grain/noise on the engine. a noise reduction filter could help that.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:38 PM
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Re: Train Restoration -

I just gave this a quick try. I did start with your retouched picture. I used the dodge tool to enhance the numeral 12 on the front of the engine and the words around it. Also went to FILTER>RENDER>CLOUDS to add something to the sky. These are all very subjective changes and the results may not appeal to everyone.

Anyway, very nice train pics.

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Old 07-09-2007, 11:51 PM
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Re: Train Restoration -

By adding a level adjustment layer, you can adjust the light levels of the image. You can also increase or decrease contrast, or set the levels of individual areas. Here is an example with 1. your original, 2. levels adjusted to enhance contrast, and 3, a little of the brown color added back in. A nice touch would also be to put some clouds in the sky, and knock the brightness of the sky down some.

There are several kinds of adjustment layers you can add, but for this picture I used levels, and hue/adjustment.

You can make these adjustments without using layers, but that modifies the original, and hard to undo if you decide you don't like it, so not recommended.
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:03 AM
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Re: Train Restoration -

Wow. those are wonderful! I personally do like the clouds. adds more. but the customer wants it as original as possible thats why its so bland.
Ive tried a couple times to use layers, (I ALWAYS use a copy never the original!) but never quite understood that so much. I need to practice with that more.
thanks so much for all your help!
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:25 AM
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Re: Train Restoration -

Hi there. Glad to see you made your way to this site. Am sure you'll find it helpful.

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Old 07-13-2007, 04:05 PM
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Re: Train Restoration -

Just think of the layers as layers of acetate layed out on top of the original work. You can paint on the acetate without changing the underlying layer. You can also cut holes in the acetate to allow the layers below to show through, or you can block it. (Masks) It makes it easier to make changes, and much easier to undo changes.
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Old 07-14-2007, 01:24 AM
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dave, easier if you say 'transparencies' or 'overlays'. not everyone knows what acetate is.
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