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Old 08-18-2010, 06:35 AM
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Old school photograph

Hello !

I have this old photograph which is blurred... I've done all basic editing : corrections... then I've applied USM... But I'm not happy with the end result...

3 photos : 1 before and 2 after !

What do you think ?

Any advice are very welcome !

Thanks !
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File Type: jpg School_After1.jpg (43.9 KB, 97 views)
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:23 AM
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Re: Old school photograph

Try smart sharpen,it will give you more control over which areas are hardened.
You could try enlarging the picture first in PS and then do your sharpening and then reduce back to the original dimensions, I have found this to be quite good for subtle sharpening.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:53 AM
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Re: Old school photograph

Thanks for your answer...

I've first enlarged the picture in PS, then used smart sharpen... Unfortunately sharpening an old and blurred... photograph has the side effect of increasing its noise... So, I've duplicated the picture, applied the sharpening to the duplicate... then, I've duplicated that layer and applied the noise reduction (to the sharpened one).

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Old 08-19-2010, 03:07 PM
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Re: Old school photograph

Hope you do not mind the criticism but IMO the images have been oversharpened leading to ugly artifacts which I believe make both copies look worse than the original.

My preference would be to take it no further than my attempt with your original - I know that there is not a massive improvement and there is more work to be done removing some sharpening artefacts but.......
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:47 PM
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Re: Old school photograph

Try getting a good scan on a quality scanner with a high dynamic range to capture the greatest amount of shadow detail. Create an Edge Mask of the unretouched image. Duplicate the background, sharpen it a good amount, then apply the edge mask to that sharpened layer. Finally create a Merged layer and perform a Shadow/Highlight adjustment if required.
The image you attached is highly compressed and has severe jpg pixelation so it was not really usable. You should be able to get pretty good results with a hi res scan.
Regards, Murray
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:43 PM
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Re: Old school photograph

what's an edge mask, murray?
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:05 PM
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Re: Old school photograph

Hi Craig,
An Edge Mask basically isolates the fine edges in an image and generates a mask which can be applied as a layer mask on a layer which has been sharpened. Only the fine edges are unmasked and everything else is masked. It is very useful in restoration of old images which have lots of noise or are blurred & dirty.
The mask is made by choosing and duplicating a channel of the orig image which has the best contrast. Then the following is performed on that Alpha channel:
- Levels adjust to boost contrast if required
- Filter>Stylize>Find Edges (to define the edges)
- Invert (so that the edges are white and eall else is black)
- Filter>Other>Maximize (usually 1 or 2 pixels to widen the edges)
- Filter>Noise>Median (same radius as Maximize to smooth the edge)
- Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur (2x the Radius of the above)
The Alpha channel is now ready to be used. Just Ctrl+Click to load it, select the layer of the image which has been sharpened and then click the Layer Mask button.
Best regards,
Murray

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Old 08-19-2010, 11:43 PM
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Re: Old school photograph

ah, so this is something you're making, not a filter pre-made. ok. thanks

also, why are you calling one of the channels you've selected the alpha channel? are you using an actual alpha channel or are you just calling one of the rgb's an alpha? in file types like .tiff or .png the alpha channel is a fourth channel, usually a transparency to begin with and is not one of the rgb's. and in a .jpg, there is no alpha. so, i'm a bit confused by your statement where you say "Then the following is performed on that Alpha channel:".
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:54 PM
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Re: Old school photograph

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Craig,

The mask is made by choosing and duplicating a channel of the orig image which has the best contrast. Then the following is performed on that Alpha channel:

Best regards,
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PSSSST, Craig
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Old 08-20-2010, 12:08 AM
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Re: Old school photograph

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Hope you do not mind the criticism but IMO the images have been oversharpened leading to ugly artifacts which I believe make both copies look worse than the original.

My preference would be to take it no further than my attempt with your original - I know that there is not a massive improvement and there is more work to be done removing some sharpening artefacts but.......
Yes... criticism is welcome !!!!!
I knew it would be difficult to get big improvement...
I asked for some help... because after many attempts... I was not very happy with the end result !
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