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Old 01-02-2008, 05:08 PM
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Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

Hello! I am brand new to RetouchPRO and after spending several hours trying to find some more information on repairing water damage and trying a couple of things in Photoshop, I have decided to ask for advice. A good friend of lost everything in hurricane Katrina and managed to rescue these two old pictures. They are in very bad shape and I just don't know where to begin really. While I know my way around in Photoshop, these damage on these photos may go beyond my skill level!! Even if I could just fix these pictures just a little, that would make me sufficient for my friend. Please let me know what suggestions you may have!!!!

Jack
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:13 PM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

This place restores Katrina photos for free, some of their members are members here too.

http://www.oprworkshop.org/forum/index.php
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:11 PM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

Bigger pictures with no jpeg compression artifacts would also help as those are pretty badly damaged already...
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:07 PM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

It definately would help to have the bigger pictures. The more information that we have the better we are to respond at OPR.

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Old 01-09-2008, 11:00 PM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

i looked at this one pretty closely and what the folks said about getting a larger, better scan is highly recommended. it's VERY difficult working with high detail images but very low resolution. since you work with photoshop, you'll understand and appreciate that if you're working with an eye that covers roughly 10x10 pixels, you dont get a lot of clarity/definition, where if you work with that same eye and it covers 100x100 pixels, you can get a much sharper result.

i'd also suggest the idea of having a physical restorer look at the actual picture. often, flood damaged images can be helped first by a physical cleaning and other physical restore aids. when followed by a digital restore, the two together can sometimes bring a highly damaged image back to life. so, dont neglect the possibility of a physical restore.

nonetheless, i gave this a shot. a number of faces are just gone. the background is pretty beat up also and the lower area is obviously just shot as well, so i didnt even bother with that. and the background i just did a cursory job to sort of make things less dirty but not to really try and restore.

i mentioned the eyes. these were really hard to do on this image, so i'd take my work here more as an example of why you need a better scan and possibly a physical cleaning than an actual good restore

all that said, i did manage to help it a bit here and there.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:57 AM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

Thanks for all the information. I do have larger scans but when I posted this thread, I attached smaller sizes of the pictures because I thought there was a 100K max for the attachments. Am I incorrect or is there a different way to do this? I really would love to get these pictures restored for my friend!! Thanks again!
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:20 PM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

it is 100k, 200k for patrons. however, you can raise the dimensions of the image and that does help. you could also post it on photobucket or one of those freebie places and link to it from here.
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:28 AM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

Ok, please tell me if this works or not but here are the larger versions of the photos.

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/d...SmallGroup.jpg

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/d...LargeGroup.jpg
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Old 01-17-2008, 12:11 AM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

looks to be pretty much the same. only a few pixel increase. what you want is the same image size but a higher resolution (which is going to effectively make a larger image size when expanded out). yeah, that sounds a bit like double-talk, but it's not.

what resolution did you scan these at?
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:45 AM
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Re: Hurricane Katrina damaged photos

The best I could scan them at is 600ppi but I increased the resolution on these - if I understand what you're trying to explain. Please let me know how these work.

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/d...mallGroup1.jpg

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/d...argeGroup1.jpg
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