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Old 06-28-2010, 05:47 AM
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Re: Really Hard Photo to Restore

Here is my try , a quick one...The hair cut is a complete guess...HTH

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Old 06-28-2010, 12:13 PM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

I guess they just didn't shave back then!
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:14 PM
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Re: Really Hard Photo to Restore

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Here is my try , a quick one...The hair cut is a complete guess...HTH
You're right, it's just a wild guess about the hair. But, I think you're correct that the hair would be messed up. It was the style of that era.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:17 PM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

I want to thank everyone who provided assistance and input, as well as the tutorials. I cannot get another scan, the original owner had no idea the value of the tintype, so the tintype is no more. A great loss. The low-res scan is all I have to work with.

Again, thanks to everyone for their help.
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:12 AM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

tell me if you want to see the layers (screenshot) and explanations of mine...
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:46 PM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

4personnen, that is a generous offer. I would like to see how you did it. However, I see no post, where is it located at?
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:10 AM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

You can follow the process by analyzing the layers attached,
the only trick is I merged a solid color (blending mode in color) with the entire image to make a new layer to add noise (smart filter), my mistake.
if you need particular settings tell me.
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Old 06-30-2010, 10:25 AM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

Here is my try!
Used burn & dodge tools &

Clone and heal , used CS3.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:13 PM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

i started out with a 'fade correction' first, on a duplicate of the background. it was about a setting of 45 or so. i also added some clarify/tone mapping to bring out more of the image. this was set around 8 or so.

i went a different way on this from my normal procedure on the rest of this. i treated this one more as a colorizing task than a restore. however, i used the colorizing as paint to cover the bad spots also. so, i started out, instead of removing the reddish tint, i actually added more to places that didnt have it, including some of the hands. i also treated the beard with more white down by his neck. and this was all on a duplicate of the background and i set the whole to color blend mode as if colorizing. this smoothed out a lot of bad areas while not covering up the texture too much.

on areas that were bare of almost anything, i simply airbrushed in. on the gent's hair, the beard wasnt that hard but i had to study and dig to find his top hair. this became a rebuild, and like others, i had to guess at some of it, but there is a hint here and there. i also lightened the beard and hair and added more 'paint' to the mustache.

on the faces, i also did some airbrushing with a color blend, but not much. i like to leave a bit of texture in the faces at times to show the age and not smudge things out too much. i also did some contrasting on the faces by using a dark brush and just swiped over the dark areas of the face to restore some of image.

once i had all my airbrushing done, i used a hue/sat layer to desaturate the reddish tint. the whole reason for painting more red in was to even out all the areas, make them consistent so that i could do the hue/sat layer and have it all come out rather uniform.

after all that i cloned and airbrushed a bit of the background to make it fade back a bit more and to give some contrasting to the heads.

this is a very good image and well worth saving. the garb is great and the beard is priceless. gents with beards like this tended to have the sort of einstein hair look, so i gave him a bit of that without going too crazy on it. but a totally fun image to work on
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:52 PM
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Re: Really, Really Bad Scan of tintype

Thanks to everyone again. Some really fantastic offerings. I am touched by everyone's assistance.
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