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Old 07-04-2009, 01:03 PM
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Hiya all,
I have a beauty for you to try and help me with Does anyone have any ideas on how to get rid of all the crazing on this photo? All the channels look very similar (all bad) Is there any way, or is it clone, patch, heal ect?
John
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Old 07-04-2009, 04:03 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

If you produce a very high resolution scan to pick up the cracking detail even more, then here is a method I have been using that works great for small cracks and crazing. I'm not great at it yet, but I learned it from Ctein's book.

1) Duplicate background layer and apply USM to sharpen the cracks even more
2) Run a find edges filter
3) Apply a gaussian blur around 1-2 pixels to fill in the Find Edges a little bit
4) Add black/white adjustment layer to turn into black and white
5) Add curves adjustment and push black slider about half to three quarters way to push the cracks edges to solid black
6) Next save image to Alpha channel and invert - making the cracks white and the background black

Now you should have a nice mask to apply a median filter to to fill in the crazing and cracks

Again I'm learning this technique and am still practicing, but I posted a quick 5 minute try at the image just using this masking/median technique.
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Old 07-04-2009, 05:14 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

If you are successful in creating a Crack Mask, you can ctrl+Click it to load it. Then get rid of the marching ants with Ctrl+H. Now you can use the clone tool or paint brush to go over the whole image. Since only the cracks are selected the rest of the image is protected from cloning or painting. This means you can work more quickly and be less precise in your use of the tools.
Regards, Murray
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Old 07-04-2009, 06:12 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

Had a little try at this ...a lot more to do though
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:53 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

Thanks all,
Jaxx, nice one your method removed a lot of the smaller cracks (saved a lot of work!) Well I've had enough of this one now here it is, and yes I know it could be worked on some more but, enough is enough.
John
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:38 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

Great work Britsdad, nice and clean
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:19 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

Not perfect and i am not good with the healing brush and clone tools so i did this photo entirely with the patch tool to repair the cracks.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:10 PM
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Re: Crazy Lady

wow, how long did that take with the patch tool?
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:46 AM
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Re: Crazy Lady

jaxx, thanks a bunch took ages with your method and cloning, god knows long Unimatrix's took with just patch tool! good job sir (or madam!).
Anyway thanks all again........John

By the way Jaxx, when you said "add a black/white adjustment layer" did you mean just desaturate? because thats what I did
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:38 AM
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Re: Crazy Lady

thank you jaxx and Britsdad. it took around a total of 6 hours. the hardest part was the cracks on the face and clothes. i did use noise removal and then added back in some grain from the original photo.
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