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Reducing effects of textured paper

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Old 03-21-2010, 07:25 AM
Crazy Cockatoo Crazy Cockatoo is offline
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Reducing effects of textured paper

A client has ask me to do restoration work on two older photos that were printed on a textured paper (small bumps that appear as tiny blotches on the scans). I have tried gaussian blur, reverse High Pass filters, OnOne portrait software, and even brushing with the Blur Tool. I can get a slight reduction in the "bumps" but when I view at 50% or print the photo I can still see the old textured paper.

Are there any processes that can reduce or eliminate this effect in these older photos?

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Old 03-21-2010, 08:32 AM
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Re: Reducing effects of textured paper

Craig, it depends on the texture and its uniformity across the image. A FFT filter such as Image Analyzer (free version avail) will work well on repetitive patterns. Sometimes a good noise filter like Noiseware will do a good job as well. Before running IA be sure to make sure the pattern is straight (vertically or horizontally aligned). If you can attach a sample you might get some specific recommendations or actual solutions.
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