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Old 12-18-2008, 07:58 AM
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Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

I am looking for ideas on how to deal with the pitting on the flesh tones in this picture.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:58 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

phssst get some coffee
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:41 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

dbliss,
That one is a difficult one. The only way I have found so far is to blur it heavily on a separate layer, mask, invert mask, then paint back in the softness from the blur as needed. Unfortunately, almost all of the image needs it. So, in the end it is not very useful doing this as you just tend to paint it all in. I'll keep experimenting and checking back to see what others have for ideas.

Other thoughts... maybe smudging, degrundging.

Oh, and of course, a better image may help. The thumbnail has a lot of jpeg artifacts and just can't be upsampled easily. So, results could depend on the image you provide.
Here is what we see in the thumbnail... anything like what you see on the original ?
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:43 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

Started with a good levels correction followed by some drastic noise removal using "Neat Image" then another dose of noise removal using "Polaroid Dust & Scratch removal" set at the light setting.. Then a good dose of the "Paint Soft Skin" action from KentC on a lighten layer over the corrected original then a multiply layer..
Real quick and still very blurry....
BUT, I gave it a shot!!
And as an afterthought.. how about a painted version?
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:18 AM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

The best thing for you to do would be to sit her back down and try taking the picture again, this time start to focus more on the lighting and camera settings. It looks like your white balance is off a little, so maybe have her hold a greta color patch chart and set your exposure with a grey card. Also try cleaning your sensor, it looks like you have a hair or some foreign object up at the upper center of the picture. Also you may want to think about using a light meter to set the camera properly, she looks a little washed out so you may want to close down a stop or so. Try that and post your new pic and Im sure you wont have as many problems.

Another thing I would suggest is that you get some better paper to print it on Ilford makes some really nice stuff as well as Epson. I think what your seeing are the shortcomings when you print a photo on 100 grit sandpaper instead of some of the other current stuff on the market.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:29 AM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

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The best thing for you to do would be to sit her back down and try taking the picture again
LOL @ garibaldi..
Looks like a 40s maybe 50s picture.. I doubt if she is available.. But if she is her features may have changed a bit!
Good advise, very helpful... you are right 100 grit is very rough... 800-1000 is much better!
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:33 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

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The best thing for you to do would be to sit her back down and try taking the picture again...
You sure that was coffee? I think you missed something. This is a very old and damaged picture.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:57 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

Olbaldy; The first image in your post looks really good. Since I don't have access to the plug ins that you used, I think I will try Tommyo's suggestion about blurring and smudging on the flesh tones and then repaint a desaturated image. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll let you know how I make out.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:20 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

The Demo edition of Neat Image is freeware for non-commercial use. (demo version fully functional but limited to images of 1024 px and less)

Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal Utility is freeware
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:27 PM
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Re: Pitting and discoloration on flesh tones

dbliss,
Here is a very quick example of another means to reduce the problem without just blurring. It's still would require a lot of work to continue the restore, but you get the basic idea from this.

This was comprised of a high pass filter, inverted, then lowering the opacity to liking. I then did a very quick levels just to reduce the heavy yellow cast a little.
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