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How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

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Old 12-28-2006, 08:15 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

Yes, I've cleaned the scanner glass often, as it tends to pick up smudges and gunk as I go thru these photos.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:18 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

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I have
1. Split RGB channels
2. Ran Neat Image on blue & green channels left the red channel for sharpness preservation.
3. Lowered the brightness & increased the contrast on the red channel.
4. Adjusted the blue & green channels too
5. Combined the channels & run Color Washer.
6. Knocked out the faces & run iCorrect to equalize the colors
7. Blended them back in.
8. Used scratch remover
9. Run quick clarifier set on 2
…and I think that was it.
Are there any tutorials or guides that explain how to do thse things? I've gone thru many of the tutorials here, but they all seem to assume a basic knowledge of how to get to the various functions of photoshop.

I'm starting from scratch. I'm good with computers in general, and a pretty quick learner, but Photoshop is (other than the basic tools) different than anything I've worked with before.

Based on your steps above, I got as far as saving the blue and green as seperate images and bringing them into 'Neat Image', but I Neat Image didn't seem like it was doing anything. It said it couldn't find a plain area of the picture, and when I click to the output image screen, it doesn't look significantly different than the input image, if at all.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:23 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

Did you change the mode or it still is a grayscale image?
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:54 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

For the blue & Green copies? They are still greyscale.

Edit: It is greyscale, but the image mode shows that it's RGB.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:58 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

I just ran it again, and looking closer, it does appear to have cleared up grainy dots over the image, just not as much of the specs and such as I expected it to.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:09 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

I just realized color washer is a commercial plugin, not something part of photoshop. $50... wow. How would I go about color correction without that?
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:29 PM
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You could use some tutorials posted in this forum... like this one
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:30 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

Just for fun I used "lowly" variations Adjustment. A bright curve adjustment finished up running it thru Noiseware.
Some times I can't really pin point what color is causing the problems so I'll run the variations adjustment since it gives dif. sample of adding or subtracting colors.

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Old 12-30-2006, 02:06 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

Okay, the colors still look a bit off, but I've gotten it better. Here are 2 versions I've been working with, what do you think?

I used a LOT of healing brush on these to try and clear up the white spots all over the photo, is there a better way to do it? How'd I do?
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:35 PM
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Re: How to avoid these imperfections? (Newbie Alert)

I think I'm getting pretty close, especially with the last one, but it seems like I've lost a bit of focus/detail, especially on the left face.
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