Re: Tips on Restoring this Image PLEASE
I'll make up a visual example for you. I do it all the time. Before I get to that, I'm saying that many of you may be looking for automated tools within Photoshop to execute a specific function like sharpening. However, no matter how time-consuming, it's good old fashioned painting techniques that can be the best tool. I'm saying that a line, (or hard edge) out of focus is represented by many variants of the pixel colors stretching outward from this hard edge...in essence, a "flare" of color, as opposed to few variations of color between the hard edge and an adjacent color. If you use the polygon lasso, feather 0.3, and click close to the edge of the blurred item, close the selection and then clone (or paint) from the outside in, towards the needed hard edge, you create the illusion of sharpness by recoloring the many variants that represented the out-of-focus look in the first place. Try looking close-up at a very soft-edged item, like variations in flesh tones on cheeks...they are represented by many shades of flesh plus even opposite colors. Then look closely at a tight photo of the edge of a finger (for example) and see that there are many less pixel color-variants between the hard edge and adjacent colors. Note: whilst I am a newbie here, I am a 55 year old fine artist who used only those non-digital tools preceeding Photoshop and it's cousins, therefore I understand "Rennaisance" (if you will) techniques. One is the understanding of adjacent color and hue to represent an object as 3D in a 2D world...like paint or watercolor on paper. So it's good to study standard painting and drawing when using a tool that mimics these techniques and, let's face facts: there is no water, there is no graphite, there is no paint, there is no spoon...it's ALL pixels and the brilliant engineers who designed these programs gave you automated tools to execute functions that previously were done entirely by hand. I adore Photoshop and digital art and embrace it fully, yet it is the same as Wii Fitness as opposed to true baseball or hiking, yes? Actions of your body are interpreted by a microprocessor to execute a function; that is different than a 3D world...so you have to learn to emulate the 3D world and occasionally the automation isn't as good as the real thing. One more note: I am an exceedingly advanced guitarist and after 45 years of study I know that it's extremely difficult to master this instrument; that the techniques executed by a computer RockStar game (by pushing a button to execute a "lick") would take you a minimum of 15-20 years study and practise to attain the same perfection as the button-push (and I'm NOT making fun of it) that makes the preset sample trigger. Pauly
Last edited by Trickphoto.com; 06-20-2008 at 01:29 PM.