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Old 08-05-2008, 07:59 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

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Hawkeye... very nice work all around !

Kimberley,
I hate to be a stickler... but the newly posted image is still a very low resolution file. It is 72 pixels/inch. While it can be resampled in PS, the available pixels needed for a sharp image still will not be there. (PS cannot create something from nothing.)

Below is a sample from the brides face, to show you what I mean. No detail to work with, no clean edges. While we can retouch what you have, it will look decent on screen or at very small print sizes only.

If it is possible to rescan the image at a higher resolution, like 300 to 600 dpi, that will yield an image you will like when printed. Also, save it in .jpg or .png format, as .gif is an "indexed color" mode, allowing only 256 colors.

Hopefully this is useful, not just delaying things

I'll ask him if he could rescan the photo. You comments are very useful. I can tell that these little details would make a lot of difference in restoring the photo, which is good!
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:40 AM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

Hi Kimberley!

Welcome to RetouchPRO!!!

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.....Can anyone restore this photo for me? Thanks....
... Well, actually no .... The purpose of RetouchPRO is to 'teach a man to fish' ... sooo, we can show you how to restore/retouch a picture yourself but not do the work for you ...

If you you'd like a professional to do it for you, you can always post your request in our Classified Forum.

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....I hate to be a stickler... but the newly posted image is still a very low resolution file. It is 72 pixels/inch.

If it is possible to rescan the image at a higher resolution, like 300 to 600 dpi, that will yield an image you will like when printed. Also, save it in .jpg or .png format, as .gif is an "indexed color" mode, allowing only 256 colors.
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I'll ask him if he could rescan the photo.
Right on the spot there Tommy!!!! .... Tommy's advice should always be followed .. but is specially useful if you have to work on your picture before printing it!!!

If you are going to ask your friend to rescan, ask him/her to do the following:
  • Increase the scanning resolution to 300-600 dpi
  • Select the true color (16.7 million colours) option
  • Always scan in colour even if you original picture is grey
  • Save your scanning as 100% JPG or uncompressed TIF formats
True, all this can give you huge files ... but... the more details you provide with your scanning the better the results will be!!!!! (In some cases, with enough details you can even get a snapshot to look like a studio portrait! ) ...And talking about file size, the scanning you provided is 3.26 MB !! but still very low in quality ...

As for the picture itself, I agree with Verywierd about the original colour of the father's jacket being grey ... well a soft pearl grey ... No chance of it being white by looking at the Channels...

In my Attachment the result I got for the colours after a single Variations Adjustment.
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Old 08-06-2008, 12:24 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

One more try and a guess.

Butch
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:28 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

very nice, flora and butch!

just one thing bugging me when i look at all these,... would someone please reduce the reflections on the bride's forehead and cheeks?! that reflection on her forehead keeps looking like a goose egg to me!
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:55 AM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

I think you did an exception job there Butch. I applaud your skills.
Everyone has done well, I just think you actually nailed the color problem and the photo looks very clean now.
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