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Old 12-08-2001, 12:59 AM
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Exclamation yes, I'm using Photoshop 6

Sorry, I didn't even think about compatibility issues. It shouldn't be very hard to make a 5.0 version, though... I don't think I used any 6.0-exclusive features. I'll need to find the time to install 5.0 and jump through all the hoops...

The action will give pretty dramatic results on anything with high-contrast noise, but works in some other situations, too. I ran it on an image I saw in one of the forums a couple of weeks ago (bushboy), and got good results after trying 2 or 3 settings. In 2 minutes I eliminated damage that would have taken quite some time to remove by hand (see the attached image).

I'd be interested in seeing what kind of results you all are getting! (Those of you with 6.0, anyway... I'll see what I can do about the 5.0 issue.)

Thanks for the glowing review, DJ! Would you care to post your two tries? I could give it a whirl on the one that didn't work, or at least explain why it didn't...

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Old 12-08-2001, 07:34 PM
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I didn't save the results but it's easy enough to repeat the process. I will get them up loaded as soon as I can. Probably tomorrow.

You're welcome about the review but "I calls em as I sees em" and what I saw I liked.
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Old 12-09-2001, 11:16 AM
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Having trouble loading

Not sure what I am doing wrong. I downloaded the zip file. Unzipped it and I get an atn file, but it does not look like a photoshop file. I copied it into my actions folder but it doesn't show up. Please help - I'm anxious to try it.
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Old 12-09-2001, 11:21 AM
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You have to load it using the little triangle thingy in the upper right corner of your actions pallette (and you must be using PS6).
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Old 12-09-2001, 11:33 AM
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Cracked up

Thank you I did get it to load, but I must have done something wrong - I ended up with more cracks than I started with.
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Old 12-09-2001, 11:44 AM
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I ran it again and it worked like a charm. I still had some cracks though, so I ran it a second time - both times with a pass of 4. It removed most of the cracks, but something very interesting happened. It darked the area around everyones eyes and now it looks like everyone is wearing heavy mascara. I guess I will have to adjust the settings a bit.
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Old 12-09-2001, 01:54 PM
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Or at least paint in decent earrings and nice hair
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Old 12-09-2001, 02:50 PM
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Very funny Doug.
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Old 12-09-2001, 03:19 PM
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a setting of 4 is quite aggressive...

Anthony,

Try running a few iterations with a setting of 0.4 rather than 4, maybe ending with an iteration of 1.5 or 2. I'll bet you'll get better results... The smaller settings will ignore lower-contrast edges and focus instead on the high-contrast damage.

The idea of the action is not necessarily to get rid of EVERY crack (some of the large ones will likely remain), but to get rid of pervasive amounts of smaller damage that would take hours to fix by hand. You'll note that in the tutorial image, some cracks still remain, but nothing too hard to fix in a couple of minutes.

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