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Old 03-26-2011, 04:20 PM
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Very Old Restoration - Help Greatly Appreciated

Hi All,

I'm relatively new to this and have been trying to restore 2 very old photos from 1900's with little success. I have attempted a few different techniques and tried various things but my end results always looks very fake. I desperately want to restore these 2 photos for my Fathers birthday next month as they are his great grandparents and it would be a great gift.

Please, help me if you can. Either by having a go or giving me advice. I've attached a link to the 2 pictures below.

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Old 03-27-2011, 05:55 PM
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Re: Very Old Restoration - Help Greatly Appreciat

This is my initial exploration edit, kind of a stream of consciousness type of workflow. Nowhere good enough for a print but it does give an indication of what can be accomplished.

Starting in Adobe Camera Raw in a large colorspace, is advantageous for all types of restoration work. ProPhoto with its large footprint is much more forgiving than working in smaller spaces.

There's a lot of information in your scan, with time and patience a very good to excellent restoration is definitely possible.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:40 AM
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Re: Very Old Restoration - Help Greatly Appreciat

Thank you Tom, some very useful advice there. As I said i'm only getting started with restoration and haven't much experience with the software yet. But I think your'e right the images have plenty of potential.
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Re: Very Old Restoration - Help Greatly Appreciat

These are great photos to have; your father is lucky!

Start with a hi-res scan of the images so you have a lot of detail to work with. Besides adjusting the tonality (conversion to grayscale and levels adjustment, etc.) you'll want to remove little defects like creases and spots (such as on the nose and forehead in these samples). In Photoshop, the Spot Healing Brush tool is great for this. Either wipe or dab as necessary while adjusting brush size with the brackets key to match the defect size.

Adding new backgrounds and colorization are more advanced options (see examples here, issue #12, where a member of this forum did the cover image for me and other members have their results inside; my daughter and I did the one with the American flag kite).
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Deadly Delta, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends.

Using a combination or parts of the following RetouchPRO Tutorials might be of benefit:

Restoring an old photograph.

Some of 'my' methods for Restoring/Retouching pictures(Flora)

Balancing Shadows/Highlights

Enhancing Details In Unevenly Faded Pictures

Just a quick Idea for your consideration
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:07 AM
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That's a nice arrangement! Just lose the dark dust spot on grandpa's nose (but we'll leave his stray beard hair near his tie because it's historically accurate ;-) ).

For our next trick, let's make them look like supermodels!
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:43 AM
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That's a nice arrangement! Just lose the dark dust spot on grandpa's nose (but we'll leave his stray beard hair near his tie because it's historically accurate ;-) ).

For our next trick, let's make them look like supermodels!
Thanks Plugs
LOL, I did say "Quick" and it is only an idea... (I hardly worked on the gent the first time)... but I did replace the sample pic and made the noted changes... just for you Plugs...
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Thanks! :-)
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