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Old 04-03-2013, 11:52 AM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

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At what point did you fix the washed out areas on the arms and how did you do that?

Once the levels have been adjusted then there is not a lot to fix. If you have adjusted the levels as in my previous post then you should have something like the first picture below.

There is a dark area on her upper left arm which needs to be fixed.

I selected the dark area and lightened it with levels.

The next layer is a “layer set to” Overlay.

Finally a little cloning to remove the remaining marks

The last image shows my layers palette for these corrections

Hope this helps.

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:28 PM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

cameraken, wanted to also thank you for showing me about a filter I rarely use.. I like the idea instead of painting the face in luminosity mode like I did..
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Old 04-05-2013, 11:54 AM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

Beautifully done, Cameraken! Thank you for sharing the process.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:08 PM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

Ken:

I've been playing with the image but am not done or satisfied yet (I've had to order more RAM because the high dpi and high bit depth I scanned at made for a huge file, which was creating RAM-related problems on my system; also the original is oversized—about 12x16—so the file is about 800MB). Thanks very much for your help and advice.

Matthew
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:50 AM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

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the original is oversized—about 12x16—so the file is about 800MB).
Hi Matthew

800mb

It sounds like the image has been scanned at much too high a resolution
What size of print do you wish to finish up with?
Even if you want to print a 20x16 you would not need such a large filesize.

A 300dpi file at 12x16 should be more than enough. This would still give a massive 50mb file (of which about 35mb would be colour info)

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http://www.scantips.com/basics1d.html

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Old 04-07-2013, 12:43 AM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

Ken:

Thanks for the link. I guess I did scan at too high a resolution (1200 dpi at 48 bit RGB). The image is 11x14. I had read, somewhere, that when working with a picture that is very-badly damaged, to try to capture as much information as possible, since so much information has already been destroyed.

The final version will be 11x14 at 300 dpi. I'll rescan the image and restart the edits. On the bright side, I now have a machine with twice as much RAM as I had before... I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Thanks again,

Matthew
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:48 AM
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IMO the information about scanning at high resolution is quite correct particularly with a damaged image - you are trying to capture as much image information as possible to tease out the last ounce of good information (along with the bad of course!) to give you the best chance of producing an acceptable end result.

This is very different to scanning an already perfect image where you will probably be looking for an accurate match.

Once you have acquired the scan at the highest res. to record as much information as possible and then after working on it you can resize to final.

Be aware that scanner resolution has some practical limits relating to true resolving power and after a point you are no longer gaining resolution benefits even though your image is composed of more pixels. Typically most scanners only achieve 30-50% of their quoted spi. In the case of a low end Epson V600 you would expect to get no better result in going over 1500 spi as this is the limit of the sensor. Epson v700 limit appears to be around 2300 spi. So exceeding these limits will give you more pixels and a bigger file but will not increase the resolving power of the scanner.

Nice job CK

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Old 04-13-2013, 11:36 PM
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Tony:

Thanks for the scanner info. I actually do have an Epson V600 (I don't do picture restoration full time, so it's fine for my needs); since my final versions are almost always 300 dpi, scanning at 1200 dpi or so works for me.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:22 PM
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Re: Flood-Damaged Photo

Cameraken, you are a master. I would like to thank you for pointing out your technique and that tutorial. I am going to explore this method. Wonderful work.
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