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Old 11-09-2010, 05:26 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

I really appreciate the time you are putting in to assisting me on this.

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I wonder if a re scan in full colour at max resolution would help bring in more detail to work with
The original is black and white and I scanned as a B&W at 1200dpi. Would I have been better to scan in colour?

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the result I liked better was with the crosshatch brush strokes
I hadn't thought of doing that. I am off to try it.
Thanks
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Old 11-09-2010, 06:06 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

Here's a way of getting started...

1) Copy the layer and apply High Pass radius 1. Use Levels to make this a Black image with white marks where the cracks are. Apply some Gaussian blur (radius 1) to tone down the edges.
2) With another copy of the original apply the Median filter until the cracks disappear (most of the image will too!). I used radius 7.
3) Make a Levels adjustment layer above the Median layer and Group these two together.
4) Use the HP layer as a mask for the group, and adjust the Levels layer to taste.

This is what I got...

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Old 11-09-2010, 07:05 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

Here we are after a bit of smudging.
I always prefer leaving the difficult bits till last.
Clothing is pretty is east to restore, if there aren't any patterns.
Sometimes if you do a good enough job with the background and clothes, you can distract the viewer's attention away from the face.

Or as our young auntie here would say, "Accentuate the positive!"

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Old 11-10-2010, 01:06 AM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

the clothing is amazing, Ro, but why leave the face?

also, i had some success using the fft rgb filter, but in a very non-standard manner. i noticed a lot of specking in the red channel after applying the fft rgb, so i cloned it more smoothly. lol. trust me, it was VERY non-standard, but i did get some better effects.

i also tried using the median filter, the salt and pepper, the edge smoothing filter and the texture smoothing, all with some small results, but this was somewhat disappointing as you tend to lose too much detail for what you have to apply to get rid of the unwanted bits.

i also tried the polaroid dust and scratch fitler with some small results and the digital camera noise removal tool, also with some results, but on both of these, again the application has to be so heavy that you lose more than you gain.

small applications of combinations seemed to work the best with a bit of smudging and painting to help out.

i've not really got a totally satisfying result yet, so not posting anything, but thought i'd pass along some of what might work.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:03 AM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

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The original is black and white and I scanned as a B&W at 1200dpi. Would I have been better to scan in colour?
I believe that a colour scan can potentially contain more useful information than a scan in B&W. My preference is to turn off all the scanner auto features to get a basic (RAW?) image which can then be worked on in PS.
Obviously cannot guarantee that there would be an improvement in this image - but it may just help.

For more info on scanning there is some very useful info from OlBaldy and MisterMonday
Click here Link 1
Click here Link 2



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Old 11-10-2010, 06:19 AM
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....the clothing is amazing, Ro, but why leave the face?
No, I haven't left it altogether - I was just leaving for later, but I didn't have any more time yesterday, it was getting late.

This is a W.I.P. Hope to finish it off tonight and post the result.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:21 AM
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I believe that a colour scan can potentially contain more useful information than a scan in B&W.
Agreed!
Especially with an image like this - you need ALL the help you can get!

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Old 11-10-2010, 09:44 AM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

Ro, understand your comments ..."information that you need for a full restoration just isn't there. Do you leave it out, or make it up?" As you say it depends on the client but I think that to stand any chance of getting a "pretty picture" as you state you need to dive in with an "artistic impression" - I just need to develop that skill

Agree with Craig the work you have done on the clothing is fantastic. Really looking forward to seeing your finished work on this.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:26 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

This was quite a challenge!

Maybe I should have picked out some reference faces, or made a 3D render - in the end I just slogged on until it was, at least, presentable.

Could have spent another couple of hours, but it's time for bed now!

3 images:

1) Healing brush on the bad spots, D&B to even things up a bit
2) First smudge

Then repeat: D&B + Smudge a few times
Levels, Sharpening and

3) Final result

(Yes, I did cheat and hide the eyes in a bit more shadow )

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:40 PM
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Re: Fixing mottled look on face

for an extremely difficult image you did remarkably well, Ro!
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