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Old 11-01-2009, 01:13 PM
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Hi Guys,

I have been a bit of a lurker here or late - guess kids and a mortgage suck all your time....but I digress.

Could someone please, fairly urgently have a look at this BW photo and make it look as good as possible?

Its needed for a family occasion. I have uploaded a large non lossy format to :

Thumbnail here:

Cheers in advance for any help received.

PS: The final formats will be A4 print and digital slide show. If you can do the border, great! Otherwise I am just concerned with the image itself.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:20 PM
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Re: Old BW Photo needs tweaking - pls help

Just so you know, you'll probably soon be getting some replies informing you that this is a forum for learning, and not a "can you fix my image" forum. Personally I'm not as touchy about that, so I don't mind.

Also, I had some spare time on my hands this afternoon, so I took a stab at your image. Honestly it was a pretty good image to begin with, so it didn't take much. In the interest of learning, here's what I did:

- Choose the red channel to work from, as it had the best information
- Cleaned up with clone stamp
- Adjusted contrast with curves
- Sharpened slightly
- Added border (on one version)

And that was pretty much it. The directions were a little vague, so I just did some minimal stuff. Hope it helps one way or the other. Files are here: (with border) (without border)
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:54 PM
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Re: Old BW Photo needs tweaking - pls help

Ahh - sorry to have broken etquiette. Without going into detail its not my image, i need it retouched and dont really know anyone around here that could do it....but sorry anways.

Just looking at your retouch now. I think I might have screwed up the contrast on the scan beause its quite dark compared to the original.

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Old 11-01-2009, 03:09 PM
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Re: Old BW Photo needs tweaking - pls help

Increased brightness/contrast, scratch removal, cloned some of the background.
Not much repair required. Added some color. You should be able to handle it quite nicely.
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