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Old 09-26-2011, 12:13 PM
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New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

I am new to CS3 and this is the only photo I have of my dad before he passed away, any ideas how I can restore it in CS3????
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:55 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

This is absolutely doable.

First, to give yourself a good starting point; scan it in extra high resolution, and in 16-bits per channel. Save it as TIFF or PSD, but avoid JPEG (JPEG will reduce image quality).
If you want, you can upload this file somewhere and post a link here so others can try to work on it.

Use Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tool on a new layer (sample current and below) to remove dust, scratches and smaller stains.

Curves (and other adjustment layers) can be used to correct color.

The main problem with the image is the brown/yellow stain. It is darker and has another color than the rest. You will have to use masks on your adjustments when removing it. It might take a bunch of layers before you get this right. You might want to use the color blend mode in areas and manually sample/paint back in the correct color.

You probably want to experiment a bit as you go along to see what works best. Other people might also suggest more advanced techniques of extracting information from individual channels (if some are less damaged).

Edit: The attached image is made from from the low-resolution preview. Still a lot of tweaking to do, but it shows that this can be done with curves, masks and heal/clone.
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Old 09-27-2011, 08:34 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Thank you Chain, if you can let me know how to post a link somewhere than I can put the PSD on here?
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:05 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Upload it somewhere online, and copy the address from the address bar at the top of your browser.

Simply paste that address here to share it with us. To make it a nicer link, select the text you want to turn into a link and klick the "insert link" icon when making the post (then paste the address).
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:36 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

ok thank you
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:07 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

http://www.mediafire.com/?p78ta0h6lju4mey

Here is a link to see the psd of the picture. I scanned it in at 600 dpi. I hope I can try and restore this pic since it is the only one. I have been trying to figure out how to use CS3 myself as I go, so any suggestions will be great. Thank you
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:16 PM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

I've had a quick go, I went for the red channels got rid of the others then used level, curves, healing brush and clone brushes. That's the best I could get the photo I'm not very good with restoration I am afraid. I've download the larger file hopefully I can do a better job.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:35 PM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

Thank you for trying.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:59 AM
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This is absolutely doable.

First, to give yourself a good starting point; scan it in extra high resolution, and in 16-bits per channel. Save it as TIFF or PSD, but avoid JPEG (JPEG will reduce image quality).
If you want, you can upload this file somewhere and post a link here so others can try to work on it.

Use Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tool on a new layer (sample current and below) to remove dust, scratches and smaller stains.

Curves (and other adjustment layers) can be used to correct color.

The main problem with the image is the brown/yellow stain. It is darker and has another color than the rest. You will have to use masks on your adjustments when removing it. It might take a bunch of layers before you get this right. You might want to use the color blend mode in areas and manually sample/paint back in the correct color.

You probably want to experiment a bit as you go along to see what works best. Other people might also suggest more advanced techniques of extracting information from individual channels (if some are less damaged).

You've done a good job with the stain I shall have another good it's a good image to practice restoration with.
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Old 09-28-2011, 02:37 AM
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Re: New to CS3 how would you restore this photo

I would first work with curves, to recover some colors & next do the clean-up.
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