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Old 10-05-2010, 05:13 AM
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Technique for dealing with background

I would appreciate some ideas for the most effective way to deal with this background. The woman is not too bad but a lot of scratching in the background. I have tried Dust & Scratch Filter but not effective on this. I was considering maybe using the spot healing brush?
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:32 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Spot healing (using content-aware if you have CS5) should do the trick.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:38 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

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Spot healing (using content-aware if you have CS5) should do the trick.
Thank you, only using CS3 and I often find that the spot healing takes from areas beyond the tool I use. I cant figure it out in set up?
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Old 10-05-2010, 03:05 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Maverick, spot healing brush also works fine if you don't have CS5. You just need to be careful with the tool that the spot you are healing is surrounded completely by similar background, in other words is an "island". The tool does not work when the area you want to heal is a penninsula (ie attached to some contrasting color on one side only).
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:15 PM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Thank you Murray,

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:20 AM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

As a thought I'd go with cleaning very wisely and neatly a big part of the background and then use the patch tool with a lower opacity, clean portion as the source. I'm not sure but you should give it a try.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:59 AM
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As a thought I'd go with cleaning very wisely and neatly a big part of the background and then use the patch tool with a lower opacity, clean portion as the source. I'm not sure but you should give it a try.
Thanks I will.
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:16 AM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

there is essentially nothing in the background. just clone away to a nice generic gray. but, if you're including that board she's resting her hands on and the Avery and Sons logo, those shld be cleaned up. i'd go with clone, airbrush and push (heavy smudge). i'd do a fade correction on the whole first, though. and i'd also do a slight noise reduction at the end.

but more than the background, what concerns me here is the woman's face. it's kind of faded and has lost some detail. the poor thing has no eyebrows to speak of. i'd do a little light painting in those areas to bring some of that back.

and one other thing i'll mention here. on that board she has her hands on, i've seen it done where folks leave the fading in and i've seen where they take that fading out. both seem to be acceptable as long as it's not noisy. leaving it in is like saying that's how it was shot or touched up originally and we're just restoring to that level and the taking it out is saying it was damaged by age and we're restoring it to not being faded. so, to me, this one is up to you and how you consider it. it's not the main focus of the shot, anyways, so go either way. but the logo shld be cleaned up and the borders, too.

i did find one tiny discerable item in the background, but there was so little of it, that i'd take it out. these old shots were sometimes photographed against staged or painted backgrounds and sometimes not. you do your best to find out what was there, if anything, and then deal with it accordingly. in yours here i dont think there's enough left to tell, so almost best to just remove it all rather than confuse things. you're really not losing anything. just dont get too cavalier with this type of thing or you'll piss off the customers
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:58 AM
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Re: Technique for dealing with background

Thanks for the tips Craig. For interest what would you charge a customer for a job like this over in the USA?
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Maybe extract to a new background?

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