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Old 06-20-2008, 02:21 PM
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Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/suggest+?

Hello all, so I want to get into photo retouching, everything I see here and on the portfolios of photo retouching sites look RIDICULOUSLY easy to me. but then the first thing I get "in real life" is this LOW RESOLUTION SCRATCHED UP GRAINY PIC and I would like suggestions on how to deal with it.

I read one thread about "removing dust and scratches" thought it might help here, but then these scratches are a bit bigger.

If I took the approach of clone/healing away the scratches heuristically, I find that there isn't much "good area" to sample.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:40 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

It looks like both of these pictures can be cleaned up to me, but I would say your first move would be to scan them both in a higher resolution so you have more to work with. As they are here, they are too small to do much with.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:37 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

that is the only resolution they are in and their actual size. I actually tried bilinear upscaling just to have more pixels to work with (for experimental purposes). Just point out that they are too small to work with?
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:57 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

The images you've posted are way too small to do anything effective with. Johern is right. If you could get your hands on the photos themselves and get them scanned to higher pixel dimensions (say 800-1200 pixels on the longest side) you'd have something workable. Then come back for suggestions.
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:19 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

Luckily, the faces are all in good shape, so cloning or cleaning up the other areas should be a lot easier. The background areas aren't critical.

heuristically?
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Old 06-20-2008, 04:50 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

heuristically vs algebraically

Heuristically in this case is manually retouching , finding the spots with my brushes and repairing them as I see them

Algebraically, or algorithmically, would be to have a plugin do it, which scans the whole image or a selection and fixes accordingly

in real life , doing these algebraically is inefficient ( say if you were looking for noodles in a grocery store, algegraically would look in every aisle, where heuristically you would use your best guess)
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

like the others said, the image is just a wee bit small. so, i blew it up

this is pretty much my standard fare, airbrush, clone, push/smudge with a bit of 'clarify' and some brightness/contrast. quite a bit of the background wasnt very discernable, so i just sort of painted in something here and there to try to match the original theme of the original background.

oh, and i only did the one side, if you cant tell
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:57 AM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

In the Photo Restoration it is necessary to work pixel by pixel, you have to arrange originals and should scanned then with good resolution.

it can be restored near about 100% if resolution is good.

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Old 06-23-2008, 10:24 AM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

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like the others said, the image is just a wee bit small. so, i blew it up
just standard resizing?
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:35 PM
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Re: Unexpectadly Damaged Low Res Photo, help/sugge

OK, so a "wee bit" means about 10x smaller.

Couldn't resist the challenge....
  • Standard resizing;
  • Monochrome from Red and Green channels;
  • Cloned out the worst parts;
  • Lots of smudge painting*;
  • Tidying up the edges;
  • Sepia overlay;
  • Reduced size back.

* When the image gets this bad it's more a case of "artistic impression" than restoration.

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