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Old Photo Taken around 1910

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Old 08-25-2010, 04:32 AM
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Old Photo Taken around 1910

Hi Folks,

Here's my latest challenge which I got from my sister, it's a picture taken of two ladies outside a cottage in Fishertown in Cromarty in the North of Scotland, here is the original:

Granny-Margety-Original-Web-1.jpg

Here is it after my efforts at restoration, I'd be grateful for views and advice on how to improve it even more if anyone has any!
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:19 AM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

The whites look blown out.
There needs to be less hardness to them which you could achieve using curves to sample from the image in the darkest and lightest areas .
The retouching itself looks good.
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:29 AM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

Does she want BW or Sepia?

Is it a true restore where you need all the dead image space or can you crop?

A levels... setting the Gray, Black, White points... made it almost completely BW with just a bit of yellow left in the face and a few other places which was taken care of with a Hue/Sat adj layer.. a tiny bit of sharpening was added... then for the Sepia the resident Sepia action was used
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:29 AM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

I used the clone tool, cut and pasted parts of it to square it up a bit, and did some curves to bring it out somewhat. I didn't want to go overboard with it as I liked it as an old photo.
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Old 08-26-2010, 04:06 PM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

Nice mood to the original. Some fill, cloning, high pass, selenium brown tone.
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Old 08-28-2010, 09:52 PM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

i like that, southbay
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:10 PM
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^^ Yeah, thanks. I generally lean to a "relaxed" interpretation.
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Old 08-29-2010, 04:52 AM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

Thank you all very much for your hints, tips and advice.

Regards

Kenny
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Old 09-03-2010, 05:57 PM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

been dying to try out content aware fill on a picture like this - so I indulged myself - not sure if its any good

*Edit second version - noise reduction and cropped - really like the cropped version above.

Cheers
Paul
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:52 AM
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Re: Old Photo Taken around 1910

Just watched a video on content aware and it seems to be a very powerful tool! Unfortunately it's included on CS5 and I've only got CS4! Bah! Humbug.
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