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Old 08-03-2008, 07:13 PM
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Need help restoring a wedding photo

This photo is from a friend. I am a Photoshopper, but am not experienced enough to restore photos. Can anyone restore this photo for me? The more versions, the better. Thanks.

http://www.kimberleycreative.com/wedding_photo.html
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:39 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

Link says "Photo unavailable"

Which is why the Janitor (Doug Nelson) prefers you not link to images on other servers, since those links can break and that makes the forum thread essentially useless for future readers.

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After you post your less than 100K version, you could link to a site that is hosting a larger version.(like imagevenue.com or pixentral.com or photobucket.com)
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:25 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

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Link says "Photo unavailable"

Which is why the Janitor (Doug Nelson) prefers you not link to images on other servers, since those links can break and that makes the forum thread essentially useless for future readers.

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After you post your less than 100K version, you could link to a site that is hosting a larger version.(like imagevenue.com or pixentral.com or photobucket.com)

That's weird, I logged out of flickr, and the link still worked. I know how to link photos in this thread, I didn't use that tool as the image is bigger than what can be uploaded, and my friend wants it to be kept that size. Sorry, I'll make it smaller, and upload it to the thread.
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:41 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

Kimberley,
I know you already corrected your original posts' link. But, do you have a higher resolution image you could put on Flickr ? That image is only 28 pixels/cm, which will not result in a very nice retouch. The pixel color information is getting blended from the downsampling and throwing off any attempt at correcting it nicely.

Also, do you know what the original colors of the father/mother's jacket/dress were ? I detect a strong magenta color cast. Once removed they start to appear more of a grey color. But, if you know what color they were supposed to be, that would be helpful.

Thanks !
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:14 PM
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Kimberley,
I know you already corrected your original posts' link. But, do you have a higher resolution image you could put on Flickr ? That image is only 28 pixels/cm, which will not result in a very nice retouch. The pixel color information is getting blended from the downsampling and throwing off any attempt at correcting it nicely.

Also, do you know what the original colors of the father/mother's jacket/dress were ? I detect a strong magenta color cast. Once removed they start to appear more of a grey color. But, if you know what color they were supposed to be, that would be helpful.

Thanks !

What would you recommend I upload the photo to? flickr is resizing the photo. I'll contact the person who the photo belongs to, and ask them about the colours of clothing.

UPDATE 1
He said he isn't sure what the original colours are. Pink seems an odd colour for a mans suit, though people have different tastes. I'm guessing the dresses and suit were all white. Could you please try a pink version and a white version? thanks

UPDATE 2
I have uploaded the photo to my website, the link is in my first post

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Old 08-04-2008, 11:05 PM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

My humble attempt:
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:38 AM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

On the assumption that the mother's dress was pink and not some shade of mauve or violet, and overall colour shift brought the father's jacket to grey. Sharpening, noise removal from skin using a reversed high pass layer and other noise with Noise Ninja. There may be a few spots and dots, but I'm sure that you can deal with them yourself. If you want it, you can download a 1540x1233 version from the link below. The link won't go away because it's on my own host server.

http://www.verywierd.com/retouch/wedding01.jpg
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:18 AM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

I really like the results from Verywierd and hawkeye6! Very good so far.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:19 AM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

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
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:47 AM
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Re: Need help restoring a wedding photo

Well after downloading the gif file I converted it to photoshop

I used a curves adjustment layer and placed the white eyedropper on the bottom part of the brides dress and the black one the gentleman's trousers.

I used a HSL adjustment layer to decrease the saturation some.

I used the clone tool to deal with the gentleman's nose some.

I used a dust and scratches filter on his pants to decrease white spots.

I did not deal with the texture that was on the original gif.
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