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Old 10-19-2012, 09:13 AM
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Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

Hi there,

I'm trying to restore a picture of when my grandparents met (in Holland) during WWII. I'd like to give it to my grandfather for his 95th birthday.

I'm trying to remove the grain/noise that is present throughout the photo. I've tried to despeckle/noise reduce/scratch etc. to no avail. I'm not even sure what the grain/noise is from or even what it's called. Any direction would be much appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 10-19-2012, 10:41 AM
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Re: Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

Used Noiseware Professional here for noise reduction.


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Old 10-19-2012, 04:35 PM
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Re: Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

I used the same program.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:23 PM
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Re: Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

Noiseware and Topaz DeNoise are very capable and the latter I think may be more intuitive interface, however if you do not have these plugins for PS then you may be able to get a reasonable result and remove some of the patterning by trying despeckle twice (or more) then running unsharp mask on the red and green channels only as in the attached. If the noise removal needs to be more aggressive then you may want to experiment further. Also consider using the channel mixer to convert to B&W.
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Re: Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

Both of these plug-ins are discounted here.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:21 AM
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Re: Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

Well to start, check the r,g,b channels. Notice that the red channel has the least noise so that's a good place to start. You can use a channel mixer adjustment layer and just use the red channel, or you can select the red channel and then convert to black and white (image/mode/grayscale). After that de noise the photo using one of many "de noise" filters available.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:28 PM
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Re: Restoring WWII picture of Grandparents

Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions. I tried a demo of noise ninja and the result was great. I'm going to try noiseware next, along with some of the photoshop suggestions. Thanks a bunch!
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