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Old 09-29-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Wow it is looking good, I did put it on line in PSD scanned at 600 dpi here is the link http://www.mediafire.com/?p78ta0h6lju4mey
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:23 PM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

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Wow it is looking good, I did put it on line in PSD scanned at 600 dpi here is the link http://www.mediafire.com/?p78ta0h6lju4mey
Used this PSD. Converted the B&W; removed the facial stains with channel blending, clone and healing brush and then added back color by painting on separate layer in color mode blended with masks; extracted (using Topaz Remask and quick mask mode) the subjects to a new layer and added the BG.

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Old 10-03-2011, 03:35 AM
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Used this PSD. Converted the B&W; removed the facial stains with channel blending, clone and healing brush and then added back color by painting on separate layer in color mode blended with masks; extracted (using Topaz Remask and quick mask mode) the subjects to a new layer and added the BG.

Cheers.
Good job, but I feel it is looking too "fake" (if you know what I mean). We have useable color information in the original, so I would use that even if you clear up the luminosity separately like you did.

Darter: did you finish yours? I'm considering giving the high-resolution scan a go...
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:04 PM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

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No I haven't got to finish mine, my computer crashed I am trying to sneak some of it at work. Thank you to every one for trying to help restore this picture it really means alot to me.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:43 AM
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http://imgur.com/uOVKh.jpg – Here is my attempt at the hires version.

My colour restoration skills aren't up to par, so the colours still look bad – but a lot better than the original.

Ps: I noticed what looked like JPEG-compression when editing. Are you sure you didn't save it as JPEG at any stage this time? Also, it was only 8-bit (I converted it to 16 bit while working) but it turned out ok. If you scanned it again I wouldn't bother to retouch it again ;p

Edit: Oops, I notice that I accidentally made your mom's upper arm thicker when I reconstructed it. I hope it's ok.
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:39 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Thank you very much for your help!!!! It looks really good
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:41 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Chain can you let me know what you did so I can try and attempt it myself????
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:49 PM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Hmm, I can't tell you the exact steps because I did a lot of different things on this image (a bit of experimentation, trial and error, etc.).

But the things I did were (in short):
  1. Convert to 16 bits per channel (scan should have been this, but it was not). Gives me more to work with when I do a lot of adjustments.
  2. Clone and heal to remove dust/scratches/stains.
  3. Curves adjustments limited by masks (I usually go: Quick Mask (Q) > Brush over the areas I want to adjust with soft brush > Exit Quick Mask (Q) > Add Curves Adjustment Layer).
  4. The blue channel had a lot of "blotches" in it (and is the channel most damaged by JPEG-compression) so I actually decided it was simpler to throw it out, and replace it with a copy of the green channel that I manually tweaked to match the original blue channel as close as possible.
  5. At one point when I had gotten quite far, I replaced the Luminosity with a copy of the green channel. This also made the next point easier:
  6. Clone or Brush on a new layer set to Colour blend mode (or possibly Hue). Sampled colour from an area that has the correct colour to paint over areas with the wrong colour.
  7. I increased the Vibrance/Saturation a bit at the end (colour blend mode).
  8. A little bit of sharpening (luminosity only) was the last thing I did (limited by a mask in some areas).
Step 2-3-7 were done over and over in different orders throughout the process depending on what I saw needed some work. At a couple of points I merged the bottom layers to make the file lighter (no point in keeping the adjustments as layers when I had been cloning/healing/colouring on top of them).

Every new adjustment was done on a new layer (tip: try to keep your healing/cloning/colouring below the adjustment layers when possible). This allows me to go back and tweak the settings for an adjustment several times, adjust opacity, or turn them on/off to better see if it's an improvement or not.

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Old 10-06-2011, 09:20 PM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

That's great Chain!
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:52 PM
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Nice work Chain.
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