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Old 11-01-2007, 01:34 PM
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Bad Newspaper Print Scans

Hi, I'm new here. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for how I might go ahead improving these scans. These are from a newspaper. I have high-resolution versions, but of course they're just big dots. Any recommendations for something I might try in Photoshop? I can't really blur them much without losing what little detail there is. Any suggestions?

http://phyllis.fellowshipx.org/OldPix/photo1.jpg
http://phyllis.fellowshipx.org/OldPix/photo2.jpg

Any suggestions are appreciated! This is not something I've had much call to do before.

Thanks, Phyllis
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:41 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

Or would it help to send the photo somewhere with a high-end scanner? (I'm just using a desktop scanner here.) Or aren't there firms that do photo restoration? (Would they work with something like these?)

Any thoughts appreciated!
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:43 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

rescan with descreen
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:40 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

I occasionally have good luck with Photoshop box blur. But it's a blunt instrument, no fractional pixels, so the original resolution has to be just right for it to be most effective.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:40 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

Well that helped some, so thanks! Are there places that would be capable of doing a better restoration of these than what I can do with a desktop scanner?

Thanks, Phyllis
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:41 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

I ran the median filter, then USM a touch. photo 2 doesn't look all that good though
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:43 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

Okay tried the box blur. Too blurry I'm afraid. Any ideas on whether some kind of firm out there could do something with these? Thanks for all the help! :-)
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:50 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

Median filter helped! Thanks!
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:09 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

1. duplicate background.

2. digital camera noise removal, fairly strong.

3. median filter (to taste)

4. usm 4/100/5

5. clarify at 6.

this is far from a finished restore, but does get rid of the dots and cleans up the image a bit.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:18 PM
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Re: Bad Newspaper Print Scans

FFT filter
Noise removal
Adding noise
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