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Old 02-18-2006, 11:57 AM
videosean videosean is offline
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edit: cameraken posted while I was typing... try that one first it could be less work

my suggestion:

Cut up the file into pieces to process individually and then stitch back together if you want to keep the max resolution and use the free plugin. There's bound to be several ways to do it but basically you want to cut them into pieces 100 to 200 pixels smaller than 3072x3072. Adding a grey border helps avoid an artifact of the free fft plugin and I think when I was playing with it I used 200 pixels... so cut it up into pieces of 2872x2872 pixels and then save those pieces.

You end up with 3072 x 3072 files if you add a 200 pixel grey border, save the files, run FFT on each one, save them, then paste into your working project file. It's not impossible... and I'm not one to reduce the size my own files just so I can use a filter if I can find a way to avoid it <- I made a file that was 9639 wide x 3230 high. that action will put guides into a file that size at 2872x2872 and then it will copy the first (top, left) sector into a new file and add a 200 pixel grey border. If you want something that would do that. You can go by the guides to copy the rest into new documents - I didn't want to have an action that was going to make 6 new documents.
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:14 PM
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Use the FFT filer

Use the FFT filter technique as decribed in the tutorials section.
The attached is the result of my second use of this filter.
Just a bit of blur touchup after application of the filter.
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Old 03-04-2006, 09:26 PM
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Looks good rrustic, glad to see you got the hang of it.

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Old 03-05-2006, 07:03 AM
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Thanks ByRo

I am extremely new to retouching.
I started just scanning old b&w photos and putting them on disk so folks could view them on their TVs. Then I started to "fix" them up a bit, removing dust and scratches and such. I am now trying to add color. It is great fun!!!!!!.
I was given a pic of a Romanian woman when she was in her teens and it was really heavy with the texture of the paper. This sight has helped me immensely as I found the FFT technique here.
I am sure I will have tons of questions for the terrific people who post here.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:41 PM
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Re: Remove photopaper texture from old photo

The FFT plugin link is no longer available. Does anyone have an alternative?

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Old 12-10-2008, 11:51 PM
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Re: Remove photopaper texture from old photo

Sorry to have bumped this old thread for nothing, but I have found it on my own. i'll go ahead and link it for anyone else who googles and finds this thread.

Thanks anyway! Here's the link to the filter. It's at the bottom of this page:
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:52 PM
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Re: Remove photopaper texture from old photo

FLora and Tzec,

GREAT GREAT posts. I had developed my own technique for doing this, but it only produced about 70% of the results the two of you showed. I'll be sliding this into my workflow, spending less time, with a better result, which of course means, MORE MONEY!
HAha, thanks!
Mr. RyRy
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:23 AM
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Re: Remove photopaper texture from old photo

KhaOZ, welcome to RetouchPRO! Nice to have you aboard and hope you enjoy the experience and make many new friends! Enjoy your visits here!

Looks like while I was gathering my links you found what you were after... Sorry I was so late..

FFTs found at:

FFT (Fast Fourier Transformation) Photoshop plugin by Alex V. Chirokov
Fourier Transform Plug-in
2D FFT/iFFT (Fast Fourier Transform) plugin for Windows

FFT Tutorial is here

(do not forget to add then remove the 50% Gray border as stated in the tutorial above)
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:56 PM
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Re: Remove photopaper texture from old photo

Originally Posted by Flora View Post
Hi Vespeera

Welcome to RP!

Great help from Dave and Ken!! (if you haven't done it already, you can download the free version od Neat Image here

I had a go at your picture and used a combination of PS Gaussian Blur and Neat Image trying to minimize the texture without smoothing too much and losing too many details.
  • I duplicated the Background Layer twice.
  • On the first duplicate I run Neat Image (defaul settings).
  • On the second duplicate (on top) I run Gaussian Blur, added some noise and adjusted its Opacity. I, then, added a Layer Mask and, with a soft black brush, I painted over eyes, nose and mouth to uncover those sharper features from the underlying 'Neat Image' Layer.
  • Merged Visible.
  • Created a Levels Adjustment Layer to improve contrast.
  • Created a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer (colorize option checked) to give a light tint to the picture.
  • Added a little Noise + Soft Gaussian Blur (radius = 0.3-5).
  • Created a New empty Layer > Blending Overlay and with a soft black/white Brush (Opacity 10-20%) I painted over areas I wanted to emphisize/highlight.
  • I further enhanced the contrast using Unsharp Mask (Amount>20%, Radius>50, Threshold>0).
  • I finally sharpened the image using USM.

Hope this helps...

Always incredible work and I always keep your information!
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Old 01-08-2009, 04:58 PM
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Re: Remove photopaper texture from old photo

This method works quite well for me sometimes, particularly if i start with a nice sharp image. (I use elements 4) first, I remove noise using the 'reduce noise' filter. Then I go to the dust and scratches filter and apply quite a low setting (need to experiment for the picture). I then open 'neat image' and that seems to remove the rest of the texture. I get better results that way than using 'neat image' first, although I am still learning and maybe find another method later on that will give better results. I have hidden power tools, but haven't experimented with adjusting individual chanels to reduce texture - will maybe work through one of your suggestions.
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