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Old 08-20-2008, 12:46 PM
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Severely Faded Old Photo

Hi,

I was wondering how much to expect in restoring this photo. I'm by no means a Photoshop expert but I can most times accomplish what I need to. I have tried experimenting with layer blending modes as well as levels and curves and have not been happy with the results. I realize that there is very little to work with here so I may never be happy anyway. Anyone have any suggestions on the direction I should take?

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Old 08-20-2008, 01:47 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

Why don't you post a sample of where you've got so far. That way, we will know whether we can improve on what you've done.
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:33 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

Just wondering was this photo scanned or photographed. It sort of looks to me like it was photographed. If so I would say the scan the photo
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Old 08-20-2008, 04:07 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

Randy, A suggestion.. find the image first using channels (RGB, CMYK, lab), levels, curves, Etc., then decide how much you want to do with it..

Like the others I would like to see your Before/Afters also.

I found this image as described above and just cleaned a few black and white spots
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Old 08-20-2008, 05:39 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

rpm,
Agree with OlBaldy and Phil. Looking at the channels, red is poor, green not too bad, blue nice contrast but some damage. I would be interested in what a higher resolution scan could produce... not in the composite RGB, but in the separate channels.

With enough good data (more bits too) in the channels, you could get a decent image.. like OlBaldy's but even better. It will never be a super crisp image, as the detail simply isn't there. However, it will look good and antique'ish, like you would expect from an image this old.

Unfortunately, the attached thumbnail is just too small to get any worthy results. If you already have a high res image, feel free to post it externally and give us a link. We'd be glad to experiment some more.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:02 AM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

Love the glasses that the gentleman has on.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:11 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

Thanks for everyone's comments and work they've done. Attached is the best I've been able to get it. I always have trouble removing the noise (grainy-ness).
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:31 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

I tried several times on this image, but never managed to improve on what the others had done. I decided to give it one last try, very slowly building up the contrast by darkening and lightening the uneven patches and cleaning up obvious noise blotches between each small incremental contrast adjustment. I did not recreate any detail, choosing only to try and save what was there. Anyway, here's what I got.

Is that a flag in the background?
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:37 PM
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Re: Severely Faded Old Photo

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Is that a flag in the background?
You made me look!

Tried this image again just looking for a flag!

Tonemapped using Photomatix
Using Ps7 did a good levels
ran Polaroid dust and scratch (light)
Ran it again (Dark)
did levels again
Overlayed the original in multiply mode at 76% Opacity
curves

I think I see a flag and possibly the couple came out a bit better also.
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