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Old 06-02-2008, 12:34 PM
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Not a heavy work but light retouching I did

1. Corrected the Channels
2. then Clone the skin area with Darken and Lighten Blending mode.
3. Lips enhancement
4. Eyebrow enhancement
5. some face countour added

I did work only on the face. If work more then It can be a nice restoration.

Ash
Hi Ash,

Thank you very much for taking time to restore my photo and for giving some tips on your restoration, you've done a brilliant job, much appreciated.

many thanks

regards


helen

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Old 06-02-2008, 12:53 PM
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Hi, Helen -

Not much can change that this was a flash shot taken against a dark background, with all the challenges that go with the situation. Within those limitations it can be improved a fair amount. I started with the free Polaroid Dust and Scratch Remover. It did take out the white dust spots, but I probably spent as much time fixing what it overdid as I would have just cloning them out in the first place. Smoothed it out with Noise Ninja and sharpened with Topaz Vivacity, and adjusted both highlights and shadows just a bit (dialog box attached). Toned down the flash-generated hot spots in the girl's face in Lab. Back in rgb, I whitened her teeth. Finished off with a modest increase in contrast for the lighter parts.

BTW, don't worry about not having a restoration done before posting. Those of us who have been around a while and have read your previous posts know that you do work on your images (and have learned a huge amount in the process).
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:03 PM
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Hi All,

I've managed to finish restoring the photo. very tricky, i've tried to lightened the background but that didn't work out, nor lightened the face, anyway here is my attempt.

1. I added a transparent layer
2. Used the healing brush and brushed away the strong highlights and shine on the face
3. Used the clone tools to get rids of white spots around other areas
4. Used healing and blur tools to get rid of shines and to smooth the photo a bit.
5. Copy background layer then blend on soft light at 25%, merge layer.
6. To sharpen the photo a bit I copy another layer, image desaturate that layer, then filter other, high pass at 3.5, then add softlight blending mode at 100%. flattened the layer.

used Noiseware Community to get rid of the noise.

Not brilliant but this is a far as I could managed without damaging the photo any further.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2152/...7da3136b_o.jpg

helen

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Old 06-02-2008, 01:44 PM
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Hi, Helen -

Not much can change that this was a flash shot taken against a dark background, with all the challenges that go with the situation. Within those limitations it can be improved a fair amount. I started with the free Polaroid Dust and Scratch Remover. It did take out the white dust spots, but I probably spent as much time fixing what it overdid as I would have just cloning them out in the first place. Smoothed it out with Noise Ninja and sharpened with Topaz Vivacity, and adjusted both highlights and shadows just a bit (dialog box attached). Toned down the flash-generated hot spots in the girl's face in Lab. Back in rgb, I whitened her teeth. Finished off with a modest increase in contrast for the lighter parts.

BTW, don't worry about not having a restoration done before posting. Those of us who have been around a while and have read your previous posts know that you do work on your images (and have learned a huge amount in the process).
Hi Lurch,

WOW what can I say, you've done a brilliant job on the photo, Thanks very much for your interest and for restoring my photo. The photo was emailed to me recently from germany and whilst trying to restore it myself , i was wondering and curious to see what The Pros in this forum would do with it, I've seen so many brilliant restorations done here, so I decided to post my photo here. I must say I haven't been disappointed and also i'm grateful for all the restorations, I have downloaded all the photos and will print them.

I agree with you the photo is in very bad conditions, a very young not so a photographer was eager to take this photo some 26 yrs ago, without even thinking about lights and where the best place to take the photo, he caught me unaware, the young lady is actually me, centuries ago.

many thanks for your restoration, much appreciated.

Oh thanks for your comment regarding the post before photo, I've just noticed some of us just join very recently.

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helen
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:00 PM
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I'd wondered if the young lady was you . . .
Good job on your version.
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Old 06-03-2008, 12:11 AM
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Re: Please Pros help bring this photo to life

looks good, helen

i had a go at this, as well.
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Old 06-03-2008, 04:49 AM
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Re: Please Pros help bring this photo to life

I don't think i used any other steps what has been previously mentioned. Sharpened eyes etc. on seperate layer, and tuned down the background using blue photo filter. Last step was adding some noise.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:29 AM
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Re: Please Pros help bring this photo to life

zekeode,

It looks plastick type.

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:30 AM
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zekeode,

It looks plastick type.

Ash
Really? I all can say by quick revisiting that background was too dark.

Anyway thanks for the criticism.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:32 PM
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I'd wondered if the young lady was you . . .
Good job on your version.
Hi Lurch,

I haven't venture this far since i've posted the photo, yes the young lady in the photo is me in my younger days.


Many thanks again for your restored version

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