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Old 09-09-2011, 07:02 AM
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Im cant figure this out

Ive been trying for days to repair this photograph and keep coming up with a ridiculous out come.
Is there anyone that can offer me some advice?


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Old 09-09-2011, 07:24 AM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

Ah, that is quite a broken image you've got there. Most detail is lost, and the rest would be very time consuming to restore (and the result would not be that great).


(I assume you have an original that has not been destroyed by JPEG-compression? That would make a much better starting point.)
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:30 AM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

Here is this one, sorry for that last one.
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...x/original.jpg
This is what Im coming up with...
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/z412/fotophix/6.jpg

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Old 09-09-2011, 08:48 AM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

I think you will be really frustrated trying to get much further with this due to the amount of damage and the huge loss of detail - unless you have painterly skills and can fake it!

If you have the original can you see more detail after examining it very closely? If you can see more then you could try scanning again, this time scan for an image size as large as you can at 48bit colour and high DPI - it may give you a fighting chance of a satisfactory restore. I would concentrate efforts in the face and hair, you can always fake the rest.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:53 AM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

Thank you, I will try that.
Here is what I have been working [better yet over working] with.
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...ix/tester2.jpg
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...hix/tester.jpg
these are her 30 yrs later.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:34 AM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

Very very tough image to work with. Here is another angle/approach to consider.

- I took the original and selected the very white scratch/scuffed areas and did a content aware fill
- Took one of your most recent images of the woman and carefully overlaid and used the Overlay blend mode then just mask the hair and face to show through
- A little bit of adjusting highlights

Just took a few minutes to show what might be another type of starting point. Good luck

Overlay-Blend.jpg
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:58 PM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

How does this look. I think I may have gotten about as close as possible.
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/.../original2.jpg
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...phix/anne4.jpg
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:38 PM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

I suggest a scan that is not losing details. Sure it may look dull and flat in the preview but containing any information present in the original is of paramount importance.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:40 PM
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Re: Im cant figure this out

My scanner cant do better than that. actually that is better than the actual photograph where you can barely make out an image.
Im not sure I understand what your saying.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:50 PM
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It's clipping highlights. This may not be a scanner issue but the way you set it up. They should be fully contained so that you can work on it. It should be scanned in a way that it can be resolved down to the paper texture without excessive sharpening. If possible scan it on a quality scanner and if it wants to clip highlights, then undo any adjustments made within the software. Sure you'll think it doesn't look as good as this one at first, but having highlight detail vs. not makes a difference.
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