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HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

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Old 01-06-2008, 09:59 PM
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Happy New Year everyone,
Hoping that I can get some direction with the attached photo. It is from back in the day, and I am not even sure the photo was ever very good. I have worked it and sent through Neat Image, still had lots of noise and unable to distinguish facial features. I have used so many different methods trying to get the person's features I can't recall. I do know that when I tried to remove noise on each channel and adjust levels, it seemed to have lost the color balance and became quite unattractive LOL.

Thanks for any help on cleaning up these kinds of images.

Need to know if this is one that can be useful to the owner ever again. The car comes clean pretty good, but the person does not.

Image scanned at 600 resolution, on Epson RX680.
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:56 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

Need a little help - where are you guys??
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Old 01-07-2008, 01:23 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

hi,
just a novice but be a little patient... you didn't post untill late last night... and the really good guys are probably still at work.... other maybe working on your now... but having a hard time with it... figuring out the best meathod... so be patient....

i am looking at but i don't think my skill are good to get what you need

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Need a little help - where are you guys??
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Old 01-07-2008, 01:43 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

Thank you JerryB,
Responses are usually so fast, I just wanted to make sure someone was looking at my latest venture
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:10 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

Scan again and turn off everything automatic.. no descreen, no auto contrast,color, etc ... and maybe the man will be clearer
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:29 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

I took a quick look at this photo and magnified it. There doesn't appear to be any distinguishable facial features at all. Maybe the photo was never good?
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Old 01-07-2008, 02:41 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

Did levels on RGB and channel mixer
combined with soft light layer

no healing cloning or anything.. just looking for detail
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:07 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

One can't tell from the photo posted. It's small and highly compressed.

Since you scanned at 600 dpi, can't you crop just the face and repost without compression?

Thanks
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:27 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

OlBaldy,
Could you please give me some more information on how you got the picture lighter, if I could do these steps to progress to this level on the cleaned up photo, it would make a lot of difference, thank you
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:31 PM
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Re: HELP - Picture from 1963 - FADED - NOISY

When you want to post pictures that are badly damaged you need to save them in a compression less format and post them on another website because the forum's attached files have a size limit.

The first thing you should do in my opinion is look for the channel(s) that seems to have the less damage and start from there. There's the RGB channels but there's also other color modes you can look into for this.

From what you see you will probably need to decide if you want to work in color or if you're going to have to go grayscale (and possibly colorize later).
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