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Old 12-02-2010, 03:36 PM
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Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

I've got a project to restore some images from an old book on Heraldry. The problem that I'm running into is that there is a lot of fine work to do straightening out ink bleeds into the paper. Large areas are fairly straightforward to fill in with a solid color, but coming up to the black outlines is tedious. Here's a small section of what I mean:

http://www.pbase.com/image/130823101

Is there some way to "snap" a line and get it crisp, nice and easy or what?

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Cliff.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:17 PM
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Re: Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

Cliff, I hope someone comes up with a channel blending trick or similar, but I have not figured out how to do it for this image.

Have you tried the Color Replacement tool on PS? Had a little try and experimented with the both Color replace and Luminosity to get the before and after image below. My effort just a quick one and if you try this route then you may want to refine the color edges to give better definition.

Until a better solution offered I hope it is of some help

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Old 12-02-2010, 06:33 PM
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Re: Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

It's a kicker of a problem. I'm trying to read the chapter on Painting in Adobe's manual, but the pain meds. etc. that I'm on make it slow going for me.

As one looks at the boomerang-shaped, crease lines in the pillow, originally they would have been all about the same width, but as you can see they are not. Uneven inking of the plate and bleeding into the paper has caused a lot of gross distortion. This is a major problem that I have to resolve. What was the original line width? Obviously it had to be narrower than what we see, for the most part. So far I have about 28 hours in on the Plate. What you see in the cut is but a very small portion of the entire Plate. At this rate it looks like another 60 hours may do it. That's a lot of hours, but it's a labor of love. There has to be a better method than redoing everything with a paintbrush as I'm doing now...
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:47 PM
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Re: Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

Cliff, if you duplicate the background and set the top copy layer blend mode to Linear Light you will get rid of most or all of the bleed and at the same time some of the grunge around the periphery. Not sure if that helps at all.
Good luck with the restoration,
Regards, Murray
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:14 PM
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Re: Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

Murray,

Thank you. I'll give it a try.

Here are comparison images of what I am trying to achieve:

http://www.pbase.com/image/130827805

Unfortunately the 2 images are of different cushions from the coat of arms, but it gives one an idea of what I am striving for.

I'm using Photoshop CS5 now instead of CS so I'm having some learning curve issues. I found that in the paintbrush tool that the Pencil works a lot better when edging against a line from the ruler - not sure that I have the correct teminology here, but I hope you all get the idea...

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Old 12-02-2010, 09:41 PM
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Re: Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

I ran the frequency separation x3, in the first 2 I dumped the high freq layer, in the third I apply surface blur to the high freq. Next, I merged layers & duplicate,... the top one soft light blend mode.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:46 PM
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Re: Heraldry Restoration Help Needed

Chillin,

I'll give this a try tomorrow when I'm more awake and take a close look at the results :-) Thank you.

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