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Old 01-09-2013, 07:46 AM
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Question Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

Hi!

I have a lot of photos with embossed paper in my family archive.
I tried to use:
  1. Fourier transform plugin
  2. Converting multiple scans to smart-object with median or mean stacking mode
  3. Many noise reduction filters (Noise Ninja, etc.)

But I didn’t get the ideal result. How can I remove embossing paper pattern and get good result?

In attach crop of original scan and mediana stack from multiple scans.

Thanks!
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:36 PM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

My feeble attempt on your original crop was a couple multiply layers(1@100% and 1@21%)(combined all) then for all the light marks just a small spot healing brush, on a copy of the combined all layer changed to darken mode, then copy all onto a new layer @ normal and healed a few more areas .... finishing with a curves layer
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:02 PM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

The paper is textured. FFT will not work because the pattern is irregular. Blurring the image is also not a good solution.
IMO, only a Dodge and a Burn layer will give you acceptable results. Because the image is B&W, the D&B is much easier than if the image were color. However the D&B needs to be done painstakingly bu hand. So you will have a few hours of work. I stated to do the head and a bit of the jacket to give you an idea. With D&B you can make it as perfect as you like it's just a question of how much time you want to invest.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:49 PM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

I would try copying with a camera and a double polorized light set up. When doing this be very careful of the angle of the lights to see if you can minimise the hilights and shadows on the paper texture.

This will most likely not completely cure your problem but should reduce it somewhat making for less work in PS.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:36 AM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

I see in an earlier comment you mentioned multiple scans... were they all scanned the same way.... if not try rotating the image 180 and scan again. or possibly rotating 90 and scan then another 90 scan doing this should create four scans all with different highlights on the texture by combining all the scans into one layer using darken or lighten you should be able to remove most of the texture. just a thought.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:36 AM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

0lBaldy, mistermonday
Thanks! Really good ideas!

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If u have another idea, please post a comment. I'm still looking for the bestest solution.

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if not try rotating the image 180 and scan again. or possibly rotating 90 and scan then another 90 scan doing this should create four scans all with different highlights on the texture by combining all the scans into one layer using darken or lighten you should be able to remove most of the texture. just a thought.
Yep, of course I tried this. I made four different scans at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees. After this I used "auto-align layers" and converting to smart-object with mean stack mode. You can see crop of final result in my first post "mean-stack-crop.jpg" or full image in psd-format (374 MByte)
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:12 PM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

Unstacked, changed mode to darken on the top three layers Combined all,Copied combined layer, changed mode to multiply, saved as JPEG,Polaroid Dust and Scratch Removal (free) stand alone program, ran for light... saved... ran for dark saved back into Photoshop for blending and masking with the multiplied original..

Gives you a pretty good starting point

~~~ Original ~~ ~~~ Polaroid ~~
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:37 AM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

Texture is enhanced by directional lighting. I would try photographing the prints in a light tent.

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Old 01-28-2013, 10:53 AM
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

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Texture is enhanced by directional lighting. I would try photographing the prints in a light tent.

Tom M
If you are going to try this, consider placing light under the original to see if you can fill any shadows. Be very careful that you do not make it so strong it shows any detail in the paper.
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Re: Removing Embossed Paper Pattern

what about ctein approach on creating a mask with find edges and channels??
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