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Old 04-10-2012, 02:24 PM
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Is it beyond repair?

Hi,

I've touched up some old photos before, mostly using wizards and adjusting contrast/lighting. i.e. the simple fixes, on photos stored away which are more aged than faded.

I was hoping to cheer up a friend by restoring a photo of their old cat hamish. They have a photo they blew up to A4 and it has certainly faded over time, with the colours being completely washed out with red lines and a heavy blue cast over the image. I am going to ask for some details on the original colours as they is only a "tiny" amount left, and see what I can do, but thought it was worth asking those in the know first.

Can this photo be restored, and if so what would be the best techniques/tools to use?

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0ad/Hamish.jpg

Scanned in at 600 dpi saved as PNG, resized down to 1920x2640 and saved to JPEG for posting.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:53 AM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

hows this.
i know you wanted to know how but dont have time right now but if i have time later ill give some details.

http://3ddataflow.com.au/stuff/cat.jpg
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:57 PM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

Dataflow, that is a wonderful effort and shows there are many details which can be restored. I'm interesting on knowing how to do it.

1) so I know how to do it for other images
2) so that I can do it myself on the original image.

If you do get time to list some techniques or links to relevant tutorials it would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-11-2012, 03:26 PM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

I used Camera Raw.
Blended background in CS5 with mixer brush.
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:44 PM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

Not sure, I had some fun with this, but in Photoshop Elements 10..shhh.. here's my difference..
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:42 AM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

Thanks for posting a high rez of the original.

I used mainly curves & hue-saturation adjustments.
It is Unfortunately that there is so much damage in the original.
It would be nice to make a painting from color-corrected version, but retain the crispness of the eyes.

This is the same size & rez of the original:
http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?pi...1cMKPwKDDlrJD1
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Last edited by Blue Skies; 04-13-2012 at 09:47 AM.
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:28 PM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

Thanks for all your wonderful efforts. I've surprised my friend with the images you have all created and credited you all for it. I've since learned that although the image had faded slightly, much of the colour damage was down to the original image being printed poorly on a cheap printer (sadly, original digital image no longer available).

My friend has looked over the images. Instantly she thinks Blue Skies is the closest, with dataflow's a close second. The blanket was blue, and hamish 'the cat' was slightly bluer than Blue Skies repair of the photo. Although each restore of the image has unique characteristics in the colour/effects of the finished result.

I am going to have an attempt at fixing the high res image that Blue skies posted by changing the hue a little. Then will have a go at starting it myself using the tips Blue skies of using hue-saturation changes. But can Blue skies please explain please explain how to adjust the curves for this photo.

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Old 04-13-2012, 06:03 PM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

Warlord, I'm pleased that my version is helpful.
I use curves, etc in various ways & blend with H/S adjustments like Taz Talley teaches.

IMHO Taz Talley color corrections curves methods produce the best results.
http://photoshop.digitalmedianet.com....jsp?id=264658
http://layersmagazine.com/high-speed...photoshop.html
http://www.lynda.com/Taz-Tally/38-1.html

Good luck with the project.
If you need more tutorial links, please send me a RP message.
BJ

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Old 04-14-2012, 04:12 AM
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Re: Is it beyond repair?

Those tutorials look interesting. I will work though them overtime and see what skills I can pick up from them. Everyones time and tips provided so far have been really useful.

p.s. I've replied to your PM.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:10 AM
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Hello,
i tried my hardest to get an improvement, i hope you like it.
I think there is room for more improvement if the source image is scanned
in higher resolution and saved losless (PNG is possible by imageshack),
because the source you provided have a high amount of artefacts.
I used Photoshop Elements 6 (Color corretion, masks and so on),
Image Analyser 1.34 (increase local contrast and remove patterns with frequency domain filter)
and neat image 7.1 demo(for a really slight remove of 50% high frequency noise)

greets

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...eqfiltered.jpg
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