RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Restoration
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Photo Restoration Repairing damaged photos

Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-27-2016, 09:59 AM
Smudger7 Smudger7 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Swansea, UK
Posts: 11
Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Hi, can anyone help me please? I have been asked to restore a photo dating from @ 1910 (of a wayside inn with some people sat outside). My main challenge is to clean what were originally the whitewashed walls of the building and some of the aprons & pale clothing which have become very dingy and grey over the years as shown in the attached section from the picture. Can anyone suggest a way that this could be done please whilst retaining as much "texture" in the image as possible. Many thanks for your suggestions.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Wheatnsheaf-section.jpg (96.7 KB, 62 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 11-28-2016, 08:50 AM
Tony W's Avatar
Tony W Tony W is offline
Senior Member
Patron
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,391
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

From the sample posted the white washed wall appears to have no texture left.

You may be able to hide dirt by using the Lens blur (or other blur tool on the background only) - leaving a not an inconsiderable amount of work looking at the face details.

First I would increase contrast then mask off the people and invert the mask and apply blur to the area and also add back in some noise. Probably gone too far with the example but it may serve to help you and you can always reduce the opacity as required
Attached Images
File Type: jpg backgroundlens.jpg (67.1 KB, 51 views)

Last edited by Tony W; 11-28-2016 at 09:24 AM.
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 11-28-2016, 10:50 AM
Smudger7 Smudger7 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Swansea, UK
Posts: 11
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Many thanks for this Tony, I will give it a go.
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 12-02-2016, 08:04 PM
0lBaldy's Avatar
0lBaldy 0lBaldy is offline
Senior Member
Patron
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 3,562
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Smudger7, for the most part I used Polaroid Dust and Scratch Remover on a copied layer Ctrl+J using the Dark setting first using a black mask and painting white over all the unwanted dark spots then after a Shft+Ctrl+Alt+E and copying that layer Ctrl+J running again using the light settings repeating as often as necessary.. finishing off with Imagenomic Noiseware

A little Smudging (as your name states) and painting would help loads..
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Wheatnsheaf-section-OB-polaroid.jpg (165.5 KB, 35 views)

Last edited by 0lBaldy; 12-02-2016 at 10:53 PM.
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 12-04-2016, 02:27 AM
Smudger7 Smudger7 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Swansea, UK
Posts: 11
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Many thanks OB and apologies for the delay in replying, I've been offline for a couple of days. I will give this a go too later today.
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 12-04-2016, 08:01 AM
skoobey skoobey is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,374
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

You just need to paint it, you can't reveal detail that's not there.
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 12-04-2016, 12:22 PM
Smudger7 Smudger7 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Swansea, UK
Posts: 11
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Thanks for your suggestion Skooby.
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 12-04-2016, 05:53 PM
Luma Luma is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 7
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

I have to agree with Skoobey. Without seeing the image in its entirety it's hard to tell how much of that texture is part of the background and how much is just damaged print. If it is damaged print, I would repaint. Trying to blur or mask the texture will just make it look 'Photoshopped'.
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 12-05-2016, 11:07 AM
Smudger7 Smudger7 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Swansea, UK
Posts: 11
Re: Removing "Ingrained Dirt"

Thanks Luma, that may be the route I take in the end. I am sure it's my PS skills but I haven't got a result I am really happy with yet using the other techniques very kindly suggested in reply to my post (though I am still trying!)
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo Restoration


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Removing Camera Shake - any success anyone?? Pixelshaw Photo Restoration 1 08-11-2016 04:59 PM
Plugin for removing dirt, dust and scratches? Caravaggio Photo Restoration 0 06-01-2013 12:08 PM
Removing flash induced wall-shadow catalyst05 Image Help 2 12-08-2011 07:34 AM
removing colored spots in photos pbhewitt Photo Retouching 2 11-30-2011 02:49 PM
Help with removing double chin usercds Image Help 3 11-27-2010 06:11 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved