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Old 06-23-2008, 10:47 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

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just standard resizing?
yes, bilinear resizing in paint shop pro.

nice one, Ro, but i'm curious, why not enlarge?
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:12 AM
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thank you all , for the tips and such. i had done the resizing and started working, i love how people have various techniques to accomplish it, great notes
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:38 AM
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...why not enlarge?
Because you'd have to put in a lot of information that just isn't present in the original.
Sometimes you "know" what's missing, or it doesn't matter - but, here there's nothing to go on.

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* When the image gets this bad it's more a case of "artistic impression" than restoration.
So if I deem something an artistic impression I should definitely charge more? There's this guy over at yesteryearmemories.com who has a "severe photo restoration" category, which had nothing as bad as the image I posted, for example.
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:54 PM
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Depends on the client and your "artistic abilities"

Some folks (clients) will value a "pretty" print over a perfectly accurate one.
Some folks (restorers) find painting easier than "severe" restoring.

A couple of years ago I saw a documentary about some artists in a town around here (central Brazil). They just put the old photo beside the canvas and painted what they saw.
Made me think.
Sometimes you "see" the original image through all the cracks and tears, and often it's so difficult to coax out that image you saw, even with all your Photoshop expertise.
Isn't it easier to paint?


(P.S. This is severe.)

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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

Even though I declared that these photos were way too small to work on, I can't pass up a challenge, it seems. Did cheat, though, and used Topaz Enlarge 2x to get them closer to usable. In the spirit of rigorous restoration, I didn't try to reconstruct what wasn't there (no artistic abilities Rô ). Also didn't try to fix all the damage, just suppress it.

FWIW, synth, this was a purely 'algorithmic' correction job - not a clone, heal, airbrush, or smudge to be had. Just took a little ingenuity in mask-making. And as Ant is fond of saying, just because it's better doesn't mean it's good.
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Old 06-24-2008, 08:42 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

Ro, sorry, i dont understand. you enlarged it to work on it and then sized it back down. why size it back down and not leave it in the enlarged size?
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:31 AM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

Kraellin, perhaps Ro figured it looked better at a lower resolution. I can imagine its just more pixels to work with (instead of zooming in) and then sizing it back down kuz it still looks better at the lower res
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:07 PM
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Kraellin, perhaps Ro figured it looked better at a lower resolution. I can imagine its just more pixels to work with (instead of zooming in) and then sizing it back down kuz it still looks better at the lower res
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

oh, ok, the squish it to let it trick the eye trick. lol. ok.
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