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Old 03-30-2008, 05:01 PM
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Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

Is there an easy way?

The photo I am in the process of restoring is about 65 years old and has been affected my mold and moisture. The emulsion is starting to lose it's adherence to the paper by peeling away in thousands (big photo, close to 11x17) of pinpoint spots.

Dealing with them in areas that don't require a lot of detail has been no problem. However, they are also all over the faces of the subjects, the groom's Marine uniform, the bride's hair, etc.

I have the feeling that one of two things will be my option here: There's a simple process to this that I have simply forgotten or that's out there for me to use and make my life a lot easier; or more likely, I'll have to mask and clone-stamp the bejeesus out of it over the course of many hours.

I will try to post a close up of the problem tomorrow.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:53 PM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

Looking forward to seeing a sample
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Old 03-30-2008, 06:57 PM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

Hi Chilihook

Have you tried the median filter to remove the spots on a duplicate layer... then take a snapshot... then make the snapshot active...backup on the history pallet just before the median filter then use the history brush in darken mode to take out the white spots.

Old technique and you still must click on each spot but it does a good job.

Butch
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Old 03-30-2008, 07:25 PM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

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There's a simple process to this that I have simply forgotten ...
Seems like "Dust and Scratches" to me.

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Old 03-30-2008, 07:58 PM
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Seems like "Dust and Scratches" to me.

I used "dust and scratches" on a fill layer for the background and it really helped with cleaning it up. However, the background had a slight blur on it to begin with so very little detail was lost to a filter that is "detructive" (removes info from)the photo.

I do not want to lose ANY detail on the faces as they have very little to begin with.
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:44 PM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

I would try despeckle. It's a filter I seldom use but it's made for just such a thing. Use it on it's own layer so you have some control.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:19 AM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

"I do not want to lose ANY detail on the faces as they have very little to begin with." - you will probably have to clone stamp those areas, if you don't want to lose detail.
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:00 AM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

Here is a closeup of the problem. The areas affected are larger than what you see here, I just got close in so you could see better. The uniform is going to be the tough part...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...p_portrait.jpg
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Old 03-31-2008, 08:35 AM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

Polaroid D&S does as good a job as anything else I've tried.

Had to work on a separate layer, so I could mask out any areas that had "over filtered".

Cloned out a couple of blemishes that were left.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:38 AM
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Re: Removing white spots (a TON) from a dark photo

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Polaroid D&S does as good a job as anything else I've tried.

Had to work on a separate layer, so I could mask out any areas that had "over filtered".

Cloned out a couple of blemishes that were left.
What is a Polaroid D&S? Is it a plug-in or something's thats on CS3?
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