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Old 10-27-2011, 09:19 PM
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Need help restoring photos? Please help!!!

Hello all,

I am a new member (just joined) and I need some help. While tracing our family history, we were pleased to find some pics of our ancestors. The problem is that they are Very old and I was wondering what software/ methods would be best to use to get rid of paper texture and to bring out the people in each picture. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:34 PM
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Re: Need help restoring photos? Please help!!!

It looks like your scanner is defective. Note that the the lines continue outside the body of the scanned image.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:41 PM
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It looks like your scanner is defective. Note that the the lines continue outside the body of the scanned image.
That outer black portion is part of the picture. Any suggestions on how to remove textures from older photos?
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Old 10-28-2011, 12:01 AM
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Re: Need help restoring photos? Please help!!!

Please say what software you have.

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Old 10-28-2011, 03:58 AM
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That outer black portion is part of the picture. Any suggestions on how to remove textures from older photos?
Why are you including the outer black section of the photograph when you can crop down to the actual image area and gather a larger image with potentially better information. IMO this needs to be rescanned.

The regularly spaced vertical lines on your image suggest to me as Lurch pointed out defective scanner. Are these lines visible on the original and to the same extent as shown on your scan?
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:36 AM
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Re: Need help restoring photos? Please help!!!

When scanning the image, make sure you do the following to get the best possible starting point:
  1. Scan in very high/maximum resolution
  2. Turn off most/all automatic adjustments done by the scanner software (main problem is if it clips colors)
  3. Scan in 16-bit per pixel mode (might be called 48-bit).
  4. Save in a lossless format (TIFF/PNG/PSD). Do not at any stage save as JPEG.

If possible, upload this original file somwhere. It is good if anyone here wants to have a little go at it.

For cleaning up the pictures, on a general basis, I would say the two main things you do when restoring an image like this are:
  1. (A lot of) healing/cloning on a new layer (or multiple new layers). This will remove dust, scratches, stains, etc.
  2. Add Curves Adjustment Layers to adjust brightness/contrast. Use layer masks to limit the adjustments to different areas.

You might also find some minor use of the Dust & Scratches filter in Photoshop. Also for the repeating texture (if it is indeed paper texture and not a bad scanner) it might be worth seeing if FFT will help you remove/reduce it.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:38 AM
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It looks like your scanner is defective. Note that the the lines continue outside the body of the scanned image.
Almost looks like it was printed on a ye olde ink jetty with a clogged nozzle
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Old 10-28-2011, 06:52 AM
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Re: Need help restoring photos? Please help!!!

I have photoshop elements. That is the only real editing software that I have. I have uploaded the image to Media fire if anybody here wants to take a stab at it.

http://www.mediafire.com/?u6beco05pst2hui
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:24 AM
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This looks to be a poor quality scan and you should try again using the method Chain sugggested.

As the original still looks like potential scanner problems could you please answer the question posted "Are these lines visible on the original and to the same extent as shown on your scan?"
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Old 10-28-2011, 07:46 AM
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Re: Need help restoring photos? Please help!!!

It doesn't have to be spotless, just clean it up and make the people stand out from the back more. Any suggestions on methods I should use?
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