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Old 07-15-2007, 04:34 PM
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Re: Trying to restore sister photo HELP!!

grannysdc, guassian blurring sharpening? isnt that a bit contradictory? care to elaborate on that technique?

jgolling, welcome to RP.

nice job of lightening things. a little grainy yet and a little burry yet. but a big improvement overall.
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Old 07-15-2007, 05:32 PM
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Re: Trying to restore sister photo HELP!!

Thanks Craig,
I try not to enhance the focus too much on any image, (unless its an intentional blur) with the goal in mind of not letting it start to look like something other than a photo. There are a lot of filters out there, but i've found very few of them that keep the feel of an actual photograph. Smoothing out grain is also a technique that betrays the restorer's presence on an image... something that I always felt went against the idea of restoration. I guess thats just my aesthetic though,
Thanks again,
Joe
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Old 07-15-2007, 09:09 PM
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grannysdc, guassian blurring sharpening? isn't that a bit contradictory? care to elaborate on that technique?
I found this while surfing; when I saw the name of the author I figured it must be OK to try...

Sharpening using Gaussian Blur, by Dan Margulis in an issue of Photoshop User magazine (March of year ?):

1. Open the image that needs sharpening.

2. Make a duplicate copy of this image and call it "For Darkening".

3. Add two duplicate layers to the "For Darkening" image and then save as a layered psd file called "For Lightening".

4. Apply a Gaussian Blur of 1.5 pixels to the top layer of "For Lightening" (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

5. Change the blend mode of the second layer to Darken.

6. Change the blend mode of the third layer to Difference.

7. Flatten the image (Layer > Flatten Image).

8. Add two duplicate layers (press CTRL and J twice).

9. Flatten the image and save it.

10. Return to the image called "For Darkening".

11. Apply a Gaussian Blur of 2.0 to the second layer.

12. Set the blend mode of the second layer to Lighten.

13. Change the blend mode of the top layer to Difference.

14. Flatten the image.

15. Invert the image (Filter > Adjustments > Invert).

16. Add two duplicate layers and set the blend mode of each to Multiply.

17. Flatten the image and then save. Copy the image to the clipboard (Select > All then Edit > Copy).

18. Paste the "For Darkening" image on top of the original copy of the image.

19. Set the blend mode to multiply.

20. Copy the "For Lightening" image to the clipboard and paste it on top of these two layers.

21. Set the layer blend mode to Screen.

22. If necessary, adjust the opacity of each layer.

23. Flatten the image and save.

It was fun to try and I probably will keep it in the arsenal of tools and techniques I am building..
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Old 07-15-2007, 10:33 PM
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pranavy, welcome to RetouchPRO.

well, you've lightened it up. that's good. but you've got a lot of 'noise' there to clean up yet. a clone tool does wonders on those.
Thanks Craig for your kind advice. My next thing to practice is cloning only. I need to learn it better yet. You can expect better work from me in coming days
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:31 AM
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Re: Trying to restore sister photo HELP!!

jgolling, yes, i'm all too guilty of over-sharpening, so i understand. however, there is a lot of grain in that image. a little noise reduction might be good.

granny, thanks

pranavy, cloning and cloning well is well worth the practice. it's one of the main restoration tools.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:39 AM
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Re: Trying to restore sister photo HELP!!

i've been playing with this one too. i didnt get near the detail in the top as granny (again, nicely done on that), but i'm somewhat pleased with the rest.

i cropped the image to start cloned out the camera and person. there was a ton of speck cleanup and other artifacting. this was done with clone, airbrush and push (smudge). i used psp's red eye removal tool to rebuild the eyes a bit and a lot of work around the eyes was done with push.

and though i've been working on this over several days, i think i recall lightening things up with brightness/contrast layer, a clarify filter and maybe even a curves.

sorry for not having more detail on the workflow, but when i work on these a little bit over several days, the previous workflow gets lost when i save and quit. but, it's mostly my standard fare in workflows... just maybe a bit more detail work than normal.
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