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Old 07-20-2009, 08:25 AM
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G Grandparents restoration

I have attempted to repair this photo of my g grandparents and added colour.
Not a very good attempt.
Although I would prefer black & white or sepia I have done this to disguise the grainy effect.
I would be grateful for any help or advice.
Is there any way of making the photo smoother and more natural looking?.
Many thanks.
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:50 AM
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I have attempted to repair this photo of my g grandparents and added colour.
Not a very good attempt.
Although I would prefer black & white or sepia I have done this to disguise the grainy effect.
I would be grateful for any help or advice.
Is there any way of making the photo smoother and more natural looking?.
Many thanks.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:33 AM
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Re: G Grandparents restoration

Thas Leetle!
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:39 AM
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Re: G Grandparents restoration

Cazwick,
I think what OlBaldy is trying to say is, you image is too small for us to see what you have done. Here is what we see when we save it and zoom in. Follow his instructions for a larger, higher density image.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:47 PM
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Re: G Grandparents restoration

Many thanks to Learninlady,Tommyo and OlBaldyfor your advice.
I am uploading another photo following instructions ( I hope) so I hope it is right!
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:32 PM
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Re: G Grandparents restoration

Cazwick,
It looks like the restoration is going fairly well. While we don't know what your image looked like to start with, there are a few things still to do.

I'm not so sure the color is helping. Most images from that era were not colored at all, unless it was a portrait.

Adding more detail may be more appropriate than making it more "smooth". Again, many images of that era were a bit grainy, especially those taken outdoors of the entire family. Your image looks like it probably was planned and taken by a more professional photographer. However, many images like it were not planned. They were taken by roaming photographers hoping to make a little money. They did not have the best cameras or follow the best procedures for developing. The result was generally poor images.

So, spending more time on fixing the faces and other parts, clothing, and other details may be well worth your time. Again, it appears you are very close. Just continue spending time with it. It's not unusual for a restore of this type to take 10 hours or more, when you include all the time making decisions on what to do, checking resources, and doing the work.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:17 AM
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Re: G Grandparents restoration

You are almost there.
I added the noise filter in CS2.
Burn , dodge, & blur tools.
I also fixed the little girls hair.
Texture added.





B&W then sepia.
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Cazwick, I agree with everything Tommy said

If you could post a large, high resolution copy of the original (or a link to one) it might help us help you bring out more details

Telling us what software you are using for the restoration would help also
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:34 PM
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Re: G Grandparents restoration

Tommo, Thankyou very much for your advice, it is very much appreciated.
Also Cupcake It is wonderful the difference already and I very much appreciate the time and trouble you have taken with it, so a big thankyou.
I wish to also thank 0lBaldy for your reply and I have uploaded the original photo which was already scanned when I received it.
I hope I have done it right regarding resolution etc.
Regarding software im afraid I only have the rather old and outdated Microsoft Digital Image!. Though it is easy to use.
And again many thanks for all the help and advice you have given me.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:15 PM
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Tommo, Thankyou very much for your advice, it is very much appreciated.
Also Cupcake It is wonderful the difference already and I very much appreciate the time and trouble you have taken with it, so a big thankyou.
I wish to also thank 0lBaldy for your reply and I have uploaded the original photo which was already scanned when I received it.
I hope I have done it right regarding resolution etc.
Regarding software im afraid I only have the rather old and outdated Microsoft Digital Image!. Though it is easy to use.
And again many thanks for all the help and advice you have given me.
I think you have done GOOD!!

I know next to nothing about Microsoft Digital Image ... sooo... I used what I have to try and find a bit more detail for you.. I used Photoshop V.7 but you could get the same results using a free program called GIMP..

I did different masked levels and curves layers to bring out details in different areas of the image then combined them to get the picture below..

To get rid of the white spots and some of the dark spots I used a free program called Polaroid Dust & Scratch Removal Utility first with the light dust box checked... Used with a hide all mask then painting white on the white spots to reveal the underlying repaired layer then after combining the layers ran the scratch remover again with the box unchecked and painted white to fix the dark areas.. (it comes with a stand alone also...but... I find much more control using the plug-in and using masks)

Keep on doing what you are doing, we are looking forward to seeing more
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