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Old 07-19-2008, 08:32 AM
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Hi Guys,

A friend gave me this treasured photo of his great uncle to restore, sorry I can only put part of the image on the forum. The photo is so badly scratched, I do not know where to start, I've never come across this badly damaged photo before, there isn't any clean space to use the clone or healing tools. Any advice on how to tackle this type of damage would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance


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Old 07-19-2008, 10:44 AM
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Re: Need some help and advice pls badly scratch ph

Well to remove the furr so to speak I used neat image which works well. For the white spots I copied the layer and used darken blending mode. Then using the move tool I moved the copied layer up 1 arrow click and to the right one arrow click.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:03 PM
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Well to remove the furr so to speak I used neat image which works well. For the white spots I copied the layer and used darken blending mode. Then using the move tool I moved the copied layer up 1 arrow click and to the right one arrow click.
Hi philbach,

WOW thank you ever so much, I thought this photo was unrestorable. I've heard of neat image plug-ins but have never used it, I shall download it and have a go, the rest of your suggestions seem pretty easy, bare in mind I am no Pro as you guys, but I'm willing to learn.

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Old 07-19-2008, 02:42 PM
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Re: Need some help and advice pls badly scratch ph

It helps to introduce a monochrome noise around 7-8 & then to use noise reduction utility + blending modes (darken & lighten).
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:14 PM
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It helps to introduce a monochrome noise around 7-8 & then to use noise reduction utility + blending modes (darken & lighten).
WOW chillin,

Many thanks for your time and interest, this gets better and better, i am sorry your skills and others in this forum are way behond me, I've only experience with patch,clone and healing tools, I am still learning photoshop a year on. Would you mind give me details of how you got to this results, I hope I am not being too much.

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Old 07-19-2008, 03:50 PM
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Here are the layers I used.
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:52 PM
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Re: Need some help and advice pls badly scratch ph

>>>>>>>> Here are the layers I used.

Wow! Cool little tutorial.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:01 PM
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:50 PM
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Re: Need some help and advice pls badly scratch ph

Very nice Phil and Chillin !

Helen,
We should also mention that it is not imperative to remove all of the "grain" and paper texture from this image. It is a normal part of the images' generation and seems normal to leave it in.

The scanning process has enhanced it quite a bit. There are some "descreening" options available in most scanners that will also remove some of it. However, the steps they have shown here also help reduce, then add back just the right amount of "grain".

Often, the trick to removing these light white flecks is to do so with de-noising or de-screening, or as Phil mentioned, slightly moving an identical layer one pixel with a different blending mode. As always in PS, there are several ways to achieve similar results.
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Re: Need some help and advice pls badly scratch ph

sergio,

you dont need a 'clean' spot to start you clone from. there are a couple of ways around that. you can set the clone to a fairly low opacity, like around 30 to 40. set the tool fairly small, though, you can do it on a larger basis, but mostly, set it small. then, simply clone with the idea of creating an averaging result. that is, clone from different directions into a common area. this common area is going to become your 'clean' mark. once you have it, you simply re-set the clone to that mark and work from there.

the other way would be to simply create a clean spot with paint type tool. use your color picker and move it around the area you want to set as your clean mark and get a decent idea of what the colors are. then, simply pick one that's fairly common and spray or paint it on a new layer above your other work. then, simply set your clone to that mark and set the clone to 'use all layers'. and that shld do it.

cloning shld almost always be done on a separate layer above your other work. the same is true with most painting actions like paintbrush and airbrush.
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