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After severe water damage, years later

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Old 06-06-2009, 10:56 PM
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After severe water damage, years later

This is a section of a photograph covered with rippling of emulsion. First: what is this phenomenon commonly called? I keep thinking there is a means to just pulling off thr data sans linear noise. I have no idea how to go about it. Does anyone else. The stuff around the hat I could clean up by hand and have, but the face of the old man is a show stopper. Any ideas? Anyone? n I'd like to salvage the facial characteristics

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:15 AM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

I don't think there is any easy way to clean this up. Only lots of manual work...
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:27 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

the problem with cleaning up the face is that this was a bad photo to begin with. the eyes are heavily shaded and it's slightly out of focus. so, you can clean up all the damage but you've still got a bad photo. if you really want to do something with the face it's going to take a bit of artistry. you might want to think about 'borrowing' some eyes and pasting them in or drawing them yourself.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:45 AM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

Heres a try.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:30 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

that's close, kate. the eyes are a bit weird yet. i know; it's tough

btw, how do you like psp 12?
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:47 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

Ya know Craig, when yer right yer right.
I have big issues with eyes along with my shadows. Is this any better?
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:17 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

I'm curious to know what resolution you scanned? Sometimes, when I have an area with important detail that's been damaged, I find that getting a higher resolution can get more information to work with.

As in, I normally scan at 600, so I try 1200, especially if it's a small photograph to begin with. Then again, I've been told I scan at needlessly high resolutions. I just can't seem to get the results I want any other way. :P
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:14 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

Actually after posting that redo, its just awful. It looks fine on my program and then when I post it here, its different.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:18 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

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that's close, kate. the eyes are a bit weird yet. i know; it's tough

btw, how do you like psp 12?
psp is good, Ive recently been playing and learning cs4.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:32 PM
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Re: After severe water damage, years later

I knew this was a bad photo, but no one in the family even knew it existed. It was passed on in a box that later was in a basement flood, years ago. When going through the box I realized how bad a shape it was in and scanned it at 1200 dpi. I managed to get rid of most of the lines, but I'm really bad at eyes to begin with. Kate helped a lot. I passed it around the family that remembers what he looked like, and they didn't notice the replacement eyes. Just showed their kids what their Great-Grandfather looked like.
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