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My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:19 PM
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My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

I'm fairly new to restoring photos, and have a ton more to go. I've already learned some great tricks by lurking here, so I figured I'd post something up that might add some value (hopefully).

Here's what I started with: http://goo.gl/IwnyF

Here's where I ended: http://goo.gl/JkacK

I actually started out by scanning the image twice. Once upright, once rotated 180 degrees. I then rotated the upside down image, and added it to the first, aligning the two images, and did a darken blend.

Then I ran the layered image through Polaroid Dust & Scratch & Removal tool, aimed first for the light spots / scratches, saved off that image, and layered it into the image as a darken blend, with a mask for facial features.

Then I ran the same image through Polaroid's tool with it finding dark spots, and layered that in a lighten mode, again with a mask for facial features.

I then did a bunch of work with the healing & cloning tools, as well as a bit of sharpening, and the regular stuff.

What do you think? Anything I could have done differently that'd be more effective?
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:05 AM
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Re: My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

Good work, just add a nice frame.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:18 PM
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Re: My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

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I'm fairly new to restoring photos, and have a ton more to go. I've already learned some great tricks by lurking here, so I figured I'd post something up that might add some value (hopefully).

Here's what I started with: http://goo.gl/IwnyF

Here's where I ended: http://goo.gl/JkacK

I actually started out by scanning the image twice. Once upright, once rotated 180 degrees. I then rotated the upside down image, and added it to the first, aligning the two images, and did a darken blend.

Then I ran the layered image through Polaroid Dust & Scratch & Removal tool, aimed first for the light spots / scratches, saved off that image, and layered it into the image as a darken blend, with a mask for facial features.

Then I ran the same image through Polaroid's tool with it finding dark spots, and layered that in a lighten mode, again with a mask for facial features.

I then did a bunch of work with the healing & cloning tools, as well as a bit of sharpening, and the regular stuff.

What do you think? Anything I could have done differently that'd be more effective?

Handsome chap and good work you could use the skin texture in grey colour and darken his face a bit.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:04 AM
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Re: My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

hi fordlover49 and welcome to RP.

nice job i'd have liked to see his hair burned darker where it goes so white, but otherwise, nice job
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:24 PM
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Re: My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

Like Craig said, burn down the hair. I would also recommend opening up the shadow area under his chin to reveal additional detail there. A shave wouldn't hurt either... ;-)
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:52 PM
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Re: My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

A shave?...
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:57 PM
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Re: My attempt at cleaning up a very old photo

Perfect! He's presentable now!
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