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Old 11-03-2009, 07:26 PM
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Can anyone help me to restore this photo of my great grandfather it is the only one there is and I don't use photoshop only picasso
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:03 AM
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Re: Help!

Looks a tough one, I'll see what I can do for you
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:10 PM
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it is the only one there is
You may find more (other) photos of him in the archives of his schools, universities, or clubs if you contact them.
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:52 PM
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Hiya Shirley,

Welcome to RTP.

You've picked a doozy to start on ...To be honest there's not much of an image to work with under the tape, and I think you'll be very lucky to get anything out of it, without physically painting it in freehand, which would be nigh on impossible, being as you've no idea what he looked like exept for this photo.

I had a quick play with it using selections and levels adjustments to try and even out the tone of the image, as you can see I only did a little around his face.

Regards....John
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Old 11-04-2009, 05:06 PM
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I've had pretty good luck removing old tape very slowly
and then getting a better scan. It might help with this particular photo.

I would start out by using darken/lighten over the tape area to
gain consistency to overall photo. Then select torn area and move to
more closely match pieces together. Then use scratch removal to
remove most of the tape edges. See sample
of what you should have once you do the above mentioned suggestions along
with suggestions on information framing.

From there, you can clone some area and then reduce fade and add sepia.
You may have to settle for less than you may want in order to keep it
from turning into a cartoon character. Well worth putting the effort into
it if you want to keep it for family historical purposes and maybe a wall
hanging with information on an added lower border, like name, date ect.

Good Luck!

Edit: I agree completely with what TommyO says below.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:32 PM
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Re: Help!

Shirley,
Anyone attempting it would certainly like to have a higher resolution scan to work with. Otherwise, neither they nor you will be pleased with the end result. As the others said, it is a difficult restoration and would easily take a few days to get it right. I toyed with some quick scenarios to check the potential, and there is quite a bit that can be recovered. Unfortunately, it will take longer to match the damaged areas to the undamaged, and of course clone in the missing parts.

If you get someone to do this for free, more power to you. Unfortunately, not many will choose to do so. We normally get so many people posting just once to ask for free restorations, that is why the site has a general rule not to do so. But, it's certainly up to the individual members. Best of luck with it, and we would hope that you would be interesting in learning restoration. If so, check out the free and very powerful GIMP software. It has many similar features to Adobe Photoshop or Corel Paint Shop Pro. Simply google them.
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Old 11-05-2009, 01:56 AM
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Looks a tough one, I'll see what I can do for you
Welcome to RetouchPRO.. looking forward to seeing your version..

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Can anyone help me to restore this photo of my great grandfather it is the only one there is and I don't use photoshop only picasso
Welcome also to RetouchPro.. Please don't let this be your only visit... we have some good tutorials here and a very friendly group who are more than glad to help you learn the basics of what you want done... Ditto what Tommy said... try the free programs and you may get hooked on retouching, PhotoArt, or just playing around like me.

Dunno if he had a goatee or not but he got one now..

used copies of the channels in lighten and darken mode and adjusting opacity to get a pretty even tone then some cloning in lighten and darken modes plus some healing to even things out a bit after I screwed em up.. I'm not a very good artist so the hair looks pretty bad.. some of you smudgers out there could probably fix it fer her..

Oh well, here is my attempt at your picture
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:29 AM
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Thanks very much anything would be an improvement. I started my photoshop course today When I got there I found out it was for Macs and I use a PC. Alot is the same but the one thing that I notice is that I don't know how to smudge it must be different. Oh well I will go back tomorrow it can't hurt.
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:35 AM
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What is his name???
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:03 AM
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Hi Cuocake

His name is Garnet Worsley
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