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Old 10-04-2007, 08:13 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

Well, just waiting on more instruction on how to remove the bigger carcks.
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Old 10-04-2007, 11:30 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

outstanding, flora! good to see you back
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Old 10-05-2007, 06:42 AM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

Hi,

dkf10425, ode11979, Craig,

Thanks!!!

Here is what I did:

1) PHOTO PAPER TEXTURE (FFT Filter)
  • Following the Tutorial (link in my previuos post) I minimized the photo paper texture.
  • Where I covered the 'stars' (Attachment 1).
  • The immediate result after this procedure (Attachment 2).
2) ALIGNMENT
  • Using the Pen Tool and staying just a bit under the cracks, I selected the parts of the picture and copied them oheir own Layer (Ctrl+J) (Attachment 3).
  • Working on the Layer just created, I aligned and adapted those parts with the Transform Tool.
3) CRACKS
  • Patch Tool particularly for the cracks and discolorations on bigger areas containing few or no details (Background).
  • Heal Brush (first set to 'Replace' then to 'Normal')for smaller areas and fine details.
4) RECONSTRUCTION OF MISSING DETAILS and BACKGROUND
  • Select, Copy, Paste (Ctrl+J) and Transform for bigger parts (Furniture/Stand)
  • Heal Brush (first set to 'Replace' then to 'Normal')for smaller areas and fine details.
Tip: Adjust each addition and/or changed/corrected part for brightness, contrast, sharpness and noise so that the corrections blend in smoothly with the rest of the picture.


5) SPOTS, BLOTCHES, SMALL CRACKS
  • Merge Visible (**), duplicate the merged Layer and run Filter>Noise>Dust & Scratches on the Duplicate.
  • Check this excellent Tutorial for this procedure.
Tip: in the Dust & Scratches Dialog Box:
move the Radius slider to the right until nearly all the 'problems' have disappeared. (very blurry)
move the Threshold slider to the right until you have your 'texture' back, but stop just before the problems reappear.


6) NOISE
  • I use Neat Image (free Noise removing software... Download and 'How to' here)
  • Tutorial (here)
7) REFINING
  • For this I use 'my' Blank Layer set to... technique (tutorial here ...just scroll down the page to BLANK/EMPTY LAYERS SET TO....)
8) ENHANCING (Adjustment Layers)
  • Levels or Curves or Brightness/Contrast for contrast. (used on selections and/or globally)
  • Smart Sharpen or USM for sharpening
  • Vignette to help the 'subject' pop up more.
  • Hue/Saturation to desaturate.
  • Color Balance to add a light sepia tone.
(**) Merge Visible:

Keeping the Alt key pressed, open your Layers Palette's Menu and, click on 'Merge Visible'.

A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers ....

This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration from your advanced point... without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....


Finally, here are some vital tips for better Restoring old pictures.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:26 AM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

Flora, your workflow details, especially about FFT, have been most helpful to me. Since I don't use Photoshop, and PhotoImpact lacks access to color channels, I thought I would be unable to use it effectively. However, by reviewing your methods in this case, I was able to figure out how to use FFT with PI using an extra working layer -- a B&W conversion using a red filter. Thank you so very much for sharing your expertise. Your work is fantastic!
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:28 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

thanks for all the detailed information on your work, since to me like allot of practice is what i need, i will start as soon as i get my computer runing, thanks allot for your effort.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:44 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

Lonnie,

thank you so much for your feedback and kindness!!!
I'm so glad my work flow has helped you!!!

ode11979,

thank you for your feedback ... and have fun with your restoration!!!
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:25 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

I, for one, am glad to welcome Flora back. She is the most amazing restorer, retoucher, almost creating magic with her creations.

Thank you FLORA.

Janet
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Old 10-12-2007, 10:05 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

Wow...

Thank you so much Janet!!!
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:38 PM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

Flora, I fully agree with Janet. You have a rare talent!
Regards, Murray
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:52 AM
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Re: Old photo, need restoration.

... and thank you so much Murray!!!!
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