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Old 10-07-2009, 09:06 PM
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Unimatrix, thanks for the suggestion on taking it w/out flash. Something is weird with my digital camera at the moment and it's skewing the images on one side, so I'm confined to digital fixes in the short term, but when I get my camera back I will also try it that way, too, and compare.
I've used a digital camera with great success on these in the past. If you can hold the image, tilt it, and see a way with your eyes to eliminate the silvering... you can likely capture the same with the camera. The key is to use a tripod and delayed shutter. After that, you will have to correct the perspective in Photoshop. That's about it.
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:48 AM
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Re: Old Photo: Silver Mirroring..help?

i've looked at this image pretty closely. it's a hidden stinker. and that simply means it's very deceiving as to what is wrong and how easy or difficult it will be to fix. it aint an easy one! now, you can do a fairly quick job of removing the silvering. that's easy. psp's color replacer tool and do that in a couple minutes or less. what's difficult here is that the degradation on the image is actual damage now. the underlying image has been eaten and altered and that means we need a rebuild.

rebuilds can be done several ways. you can go out and find a suitable cut and paste part, in this case a large portion of his uniform, or, if you're feeling particularly artistic, you can attempt to redraw the damaged areas. but, there is also a third option and this one may actually be the way to go on this one. turn this into a head and shoulders shot and eliminate a large portion of the damaged area. you arent losing anything very critical to the image and a lot of it is damaged anyways, so it's something to consider.

also, if you can post larger image sizes here it makes it easier for us.

attached is ONLY the work done with the color replacer, just to show how easy it is to remove the silvering here.

oh, and some noise removal would help on this image also.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:44 PM
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After I pulled this back into PS and pulled it apart different ways, I think, Kraellin, that I see your point about the damage going beneath the silver on the surface, which is probably why I've struggled more with this one than others that I have worked on with silver mirroring. I've uploaded the larger files into this album that were from 3 different scans, and let me know if you see something different than with the smaller versions.

Thanks so much for these suggestions. I am going to do one as a bust shot and crop away the main offending portions, one with a little cut and paste if I can find a comparable with portions that I can integrate to get back some of the detailing lost, and will also try the more detailed suggestions to see if I can get it cleaner, and not end up with something too flat.

http://picasaweb.google.com/Pendfami...chingProjects#

Thanks, Donna
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:12 AM
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Re: Old Photo: Silver Mirroring..help?

My 2-minute drill was go B&W, futz w/ cyan, blue, magenta. Neat Image. Bit of usm. Then fade a brown tone on 'er.
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:28 PM
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Re: Old Photo: Silver Mirroring..help?

I split r/g/b and worked on the r only.
Then used darken/lighten to remove dark/lightness patterns on jacket.
Added slight sepia.
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Old 10-10-2009, 03:13 PM
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Old Photo: Silver Mirroring..help?

Noise in CS3,
Light Painting, Painter blending on some parts.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:22 PM
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Southbay and Aartist,
I think you both did a very good job with it. Retains the original paper texture, yet repaired the underlying damage very well. I would think any client would be very pleased with these results.

Cupcake,
A bit soft and a bit dark for me, but otherwise very nice.
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Old 10-10-2009, 07:27 PM
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Thanks TommyO. Thought I'd softened the texture a bit much, but it came back with the usm. Texture and sharpness...always a balancing act.
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Thanks TommyO.

I agree Southbay.
Texture/Smoothness & Sharpness/Blurriness most always have trade-offs.
In restoration, I prefer whichever method comes closest to matching the
original photo. In the end the restored photo should retain it's photographic
quality and not become something other than a photo image of reality.

If the photo was shot out of focus, there is only so much you can do to
make it appear to be sharper without trading on it's original quality.
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Re: Old Photo: Silver Mirroring..help?

southbay,

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futz w/ cyan, blue,
uhm, what was the 'futz' ?
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