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Old 07-22-2007, 09:46 AM
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Re: cracks and stains galore

This is the first time I've ever tried to UNrestore an image!

Took your original image and made a copy of the Blue channel. Used Levels to bring in the endpoints, then painted with black in overlay mode at 20% opacity until all the gray was gone.

Opened the image to be damaged, created a new layer and used the modified channel from the first image to make a selection which I then filled with white. Then added Bevel layer style to give the cracks depth.

Used a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layer to simulate fading and a Photo Filter Adjustment layer to create a yellow cast. I used a Gradient overlay to make the cast uneven.

Then I shift-dragged your original image onto my working image and set the new layer's blend mode to Hue. This created the stains.

Then I created a blank layer, opened Layer Styles, set fill to 0%, selected Bevel and Emboss, and just started drawing in wrinkles.

Finally a pattern overlay to introduce some noise and a .5 pixel blur to soften everything up.


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Old 07-22-2007, 09:26 PM
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Re: cracks and stains galore

hehe, well, this isnt exactly restoration now, is it but, since it's in the neighborhood...

rikla, there are filters which can 'age' a photo. cs2 shld have some of these. things like 'old newspaper', sepia filters, corner curling and so on. and filter forge ( ) shld have some aging and cracking filters also.

you can also do aging and damaging by hand. saturation can be lowered with a hue/sat filter. noise can be added with a noise filter. blurring and smudging can be done with blurring filters and smudging tools. graphics23 has done a very good job in showing you some of these.

perhaps if you posted an image?
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