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Old 02-24-2008, 07:40 AM
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Photo Restoration

My friend had this old photos from the 70's and asked me to try to fix it. It stuck to the glass frame and was pretty beaten up. She also has no face on it. I have tried to bring up the face a bit. Any more tips to get them looking good. There is also one of her brother from the same era but I haven't done anything with it yet.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:42 AM
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Re: Photo Restoration

I'm far from an expert, but here's what I did with it:
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:45 AM
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Re: Photo Restoration

kookie56, perhaps you can upload larger images, these are far too small to do much with.



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Old 02-24-2008, 01:58 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

cardmnal I have uploaded a larger file. Is this any good? Any tips on getting the face to show up more?
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:26 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

Lookin good Hawkeye. How would I get the face to show up more?
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:39 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

i dont think you could get it to show the face more.
you would need to create the face yourself by painting it in
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:49 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

just had a look at the image and you can get some detail in the face if you darken it
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:40 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

I would ask your friend if they mind if you crop the images.

Used the small scans because they seem less damaged.

First one: Cropped, Levels and a bit of sharpening

Converted the second one to B/W then Cropped, Levels and a bit of sharpening then Sepia toned (you could color)
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Last edited by 0lBaldy; 02-24-2008 at 05:43 PM. Reason: added info
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:33 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

kookie56,
I think Hawkeye and OlBaldy have the right formula. Also, notice the difference between your scans. The scan result can make the difference between a good project and a bad one. You must decide how you approach your scanning, based upon your skill level and desired workflow.

For example, if your skill level is low and you desire to spend less time in Photoshop and more time elsewhere... then you can build a scanner profile that will autocorrect for many image problems. However, many PS users prefer to do all the tweaking in PS. So, they set their scanners to adjust nothing, not even removing dust. But, it is entirely up to you.

Your scans here are quite varied. I also had better luck pulling detail from the smaller scans. However, I would have preferred a lot more pixels to work with. (That's just a limitation of the upload size in the forum.) The later scan lost some detail somewhere. So, you should examine your scanning software and learn what was different. That will help you in the future. In today's age of faster larger systems, you typically want a high density scan for restoration work, like 1200dpi. Don't save it as a .jpg, as that will cause data loss. Save as a .tiff. You can then convert to other formats later to upload, etc. You can probably get better results from the forum members by linking to an outside image upload site and making a high resolution image available to them.

Good luck !
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Old 02-24-2008, 08:48 PM
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Re: Photo Restoration

Just my try. I tried to bring out some of the face. Leveled, sharpened, removed blemises, colorcast, darkened and history brushed face to leveled master.
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