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Old 07-18-2008, 01:44 PM
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Question Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

I am having trouble restoring this photograph of my grandparents wedding picture. I've tried using the clone and healing brush tools but they haven't worked. I am using Photoshop CS3 and found an Action file called de-crack here that is supposed to be useful for removing creases and cracks. I haven't had luck using this at all with this photograph. It doesn't seem to have any effect on the image after making 3 passes. I've set the high-pass filter to .3 for the first two runs and then 1.5 for the last. Can anyone help?

http://wedding.gotdns.com/ggwedding.jpg Right click and save this image. The image is 636 KB hosted on my server

If anyone could point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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Old 07-18-2008, 02:50 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

rootme, Welcome to RetouchPRO Good luck and enjoy your time here. Ask many questions!


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Old 07-18-2008, 03:10 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

Sorry about that! I resized the image and saved it in a JPG format. I just wanted to make sure the image would go under construction in a lossless format as its old and contains many flaws. It's now a JPG. I've noticed some difference in color. The image is hosted on my server, however, when the image is done, I'll ensure to throw it in a much more permanent location for archival purposes.
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Old 07-18-2008, 03:31 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

Just a start using the blue channel as a Luminosity layer and the built in Dust & scratches noise filter in Photoshop

Still needs a lot of healing and cloning but it is a good start.

~Original~ Blue+Noise Filter
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:42 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

Welcome to the site,
First, I would suggest rescanning the image. There seem to be a number of color issues that could be enhanced, not by restoration, but by rescanning.

Once you get a better image, I would suggest something similar to OlBaldy's example. However, I took a different path. I wanted to pull more detail out of their clothing and eliminate all the cracks at the same time.

The way to do this is by examining the channels (as OlBaldy did)... and using the blue channel. But, in my case, I used Image>Apply twice to move the good data in the blue channel to new layers. I had to lower the opacity of the last layer for it to look right. I also had to mask their faces and his hand slightly. I then copied the background layer up top and changed the blend mode to color and lowered the opacity a tad.

The end result is a work in progress layer (WIP) that can be used for the restoration process. I always follow the general rule of correcting tonality before working on cracks, blemishes, etc. You will enjoy the hobby more.

Best of luck !

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Old 07-18-2008, 11:35 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

rootme, welcome to RP.

tough image. dont expect too much on this one. it's got several problems. i did some preliminary work starting with 'color balance' as an adjustment layer. there's also a lighting problem... two, in fact. so, after the color balance i ran a histogram adjustment and then a curves layer. perhaps surprisingly, these treatments helped the cracks problem a bit. this still left that too white area on the right and didnt correct all the lighting problem.

that's where i left it for now. so, color balance, histogram adjustment and curves and, depending on how you do the curves, you may need a brightness/contrast layer also.

as for the remaining cracks, clone, airbrush and smudge would be where i would go next.
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:50 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

Thank you all for the welcomes to the site and thanks for the input! I'm going to mess with the image when I gather some free time. I'll keep everyone posted on what's going on with it
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:56 PM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

Well since there were so many cracks I extracted the couple and replaced the background.

After that I used various filters like median filter, surface blur and neat image on various layers using layer masks.
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:16 AM
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Re: Restoring grandparents cracked wedding picture

Phil - I think you mistook her hat for his ear - apart from that - nice job!
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:47 AM
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Ha david your right, but his right ear is sort of different too.
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