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Old 09-12-2010, 03:22 PM
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Need Help with Poor Scan

This is the only scan of an old photo of my Great-Grand Father, John Jeremiah "Coho" Smith. He was a Texas Ranger in 1850's and there will be a grave-side Memorial Cross Dedication on Nov 6th. I have the honor? of preparing a brochure depicting his life and death for the ceremony. I have sharpened and enhanced all I know how to do. Anyone else want to take a crack at it?

I have been in contact with 100's of family members trying to find the owner of the original photo, without results.

You can see the photo at http://www.pbase.com/uncledannie/image/128368950, it's listed as Coho Smith 18.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:25 PM
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Re: Need Help with Poor Scan

Had a try but still needs a lot more work to make it tidy. Unfortunately the original image has a lot of artifacting particularly around the head outline. Did you make a selection then copy and paste ?

Tried to get a more photographic look - steps taken:
  • Copy background and Gaussian blur approx 4 pixels
  • Curves layer to give pleasing density and contrast in the face
  • Mask background and return to white
  • New layer Clone, heal, patch and paint image
  • New layer Dodge and burn face (left eye in particular)
  • Final sharpen (could go a bit further I think)
Hope this of some help

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Old 09-12-2010, 08:46 PM
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Re: Need Help with Poor Scan

Yep, I tried to extract the man from the background, which was a mass of pixelated blotches. You did real good. I wish I could remember these techniques when I try to work a bad photo scan.

Thanks very much, it is 100% better.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:15 PM
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Here is the finished project. I placed the photo in a brochure and sepia toned it.
http://www.pbase.com/image/128387705
Thanks for the assist.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:43 PM
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Re: Need Help with Poor Scan

Here is the original scan. http://www.pbase.com/image/128388208 I should have posted this rather than the extracted copy.
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Old 09-13-2010, 02:06 AM
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Re: Need Help with Poor Scan

Heres my attempt at the first one you posted
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Old 09-13-2010, 09:34 AM
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Finished product looks pretty good to me - see what you mean about blotchy pixelated original.
Well done

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Old 09-13-2010, 12:37 PM
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finished product looks great
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