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Old 06-03-2008, 09:51 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

This is a work in progress. I very nearly forgot to use layers! I did start removing some of the rips, then created a layer to work on after a few minutes. The picture on the right has been blurred about 8 times and I used the clone tool, healing tool and smudge tool, along with the brush and airbrush to try to remove most of the little cracks in the paper and some of the rougher spots.

What I am hoping someone can help me with is what I am thinking will be a next step. Once I have the blurred layer looking as best as I can get it, I want to use it somehow to cover the original layer. I believe I should be able to add a mask to either the original or the edited layer (not sure which), then paint the mask where I want my blurred parts to cover the original. My hope is that it will help me maintain some of the sharpness of the original.

I am using Gimp, so I am not asking for exact steps...just a nudge in the right direction. I did try to load Gimpshop but it was glitchy on my Vista machine (no surprise, I'm sure). Maybe I can get full blown Photoshop for Father's Day.

Jim
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:30 AM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

1. Patch the large Scrateches.

2. Some healing and Cloane

3. for fine tune the skin use Reduce Noise/Decpackle

your picture will be very-very good.

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Old 06-04-2008, 09:51 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

Whew...this one is taking a while! A lot of tedious work. Discovering that even though I have bifocals, may need to buy some reading glasses. Eye strain is getting tough! Hope to have something to show on this pic by Saturday.

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Old 06-05-2008, 04:17 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

I cloned, used a little dodge and burn, makeover tool, a levels adjustment and added some noise. I think it's still too smooth looking.
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:55 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

It's pretty good looking to me. I finally tossed in the towel...I will need some more experience before I can tackle this photo. I struggled with the nose in particular...too much of it was missing. I really thought I would be able to draw it back in, or even smudge it back in, but maybe cut-and-paste from another nose would have been a better idea. I did look for other noses (online) but found nothing suitable.

One thing I believe I should spend some time learning is dodge and burn. Every time I try it, I get extremely disappointing results. I do want to thank Ash for the tips!

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Old 06-05-2008, 08:03 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

Funky,
The original image had a very shallow depth of field, meaning the face and hair at the brow is in focus but the rest is not. So, any resulting image will be similar... just so you'll know what to expect.
To restore it properly will take anyone a while. All the above look nice and if this restore is not super critical, they may be fine for printing a fresh image.
If you want it done perfectly, expect anyone to spend several hours. Then the face will be just as crisp as the original image and all the cracks will be gone.
So, help us out with your expectations... and good luck with it !
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Old 06-05-2008, 10:21 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

this is primarily a clone/smudge job. no airbrush this time. there are a few other things like a clarify @ strength 2, a slight desaturation using hue/sat and possibly a few other tweaks here and there. sorry, psp doesnt save your work history, so i dont recall it all. but i do know that most, like 90% or more was clone/smudge.
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:31 AM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

I redid this just for practice, add color to the picture this time just trying to get better at colorizing photos.
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Old 06-08-2008, 12:30 PM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

Wow Uni...that colorized picture looks pretty good! Nice job there.

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Old 06-14-2008, 12:49 AM
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Re: Gran - Old Photo Restore

A lot of work to try to bring it back to its former state although a great image to practice on. I used Neat image and sharpen layers with lots of gaussian and dust and scratches.
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