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Old 11-14-2002, 08:24 PM
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Nice work all. Interesting to see all the different aproaches.
Mine was sort of convolued, I attacked on problem at a time which sometimes created others.
On the basic texture problem, a started with Select color range, to isolate the highs in the texture, and adjusted with brightness/contr. then a few curves adjustments, a bit of healing tool, and a desaturation..
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Old 11-14-2002, 10:29 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. I'm impressed by the wealth of knowledge here, I have a feeling I'm going to become a regular. Image Doctor looks like the easiest fix w/ the best results. I'm going to download the demo and probably buy the full version when I have the money.

The image is 2.25 x 3 and putting it underwater or covering it with vaseline is not an option at all with a client's original. It will be printed to 5x7 when it's completed. Printing on different surface is a good idea and something I'll file away in case it comes up again, but right now I'm limited in my means of printing. We were using a kodak picture maker ::shudder:: but we recently got a digital machine at my lab so we are making silver halide prints.

I shot copy negs today at work and the texture was showing up even using a copy stand with blinders to control the light. There was no visible glare when I shot the pictures but the texture is apparent. It's just *bumpy* period. But I think this Image Doctor thing will do the trick.

Thanks to everyone for their input!

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Old 11-14-2002, 10:30 PM
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Oh, and I forgot to ask. Are there any other 3rd party filter packages I should look into for restoration work? Right now I just use straight Photoshop with no extras. Anything that could save time would be great.
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Old 11-14-2002, 11:26 PM
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Doug - You are right, in this age of digital techniques resorting to the more radical techniques of pre-digital is not appropriate or necessary, though I hope some found it interesting.

alceria - If you are not using polarizing filters on your lights and on the camera lens I highly suggest that you give it a try. The difference will be subtle in some cases, and dramatic in others, especially when copying an original that shows a lot of silvering in the dark areas.
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Old 11-15-2002, 01:23 AM
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This type of moire is a big pain in the butt. I'm really curious about this chaos thing Doug's mentioned called FFT (Fast Fourier Transform). I can't figure it out. But I think basically you have to make some very peculiar selections.
This was done by putting some wild curves into the original and then copy/pasting this into its own alpha channel and then using it as a selection. Then apply the selection and use blur tools and degrain filters, with some texture and noise, then some dodge and burn.

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