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Old 09-02-2002, 07:59 PM
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Rick,

In case you haven't seen it, Jak has put up a good tutorial for dealing with textured originals. You might want to check it out. You can find it here . I think there is also one on sharpening, and that one might be of use on the little girl in the other pic. Good luck.

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Old 09-02-2002, 08:01 PM
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Sandra,

That's good news. Now you're experienced on how to handle that type of thing. I also doubt that she'll try to get the original done.

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Old 09-02-2002, 08:37 PM
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Well done,Sanda!!! Honesty and "sticking to your guns" is the only way to go! Bet you will get more business from Her and her friends!! Tom
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Old 09-02-2002, 10:12 PM
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Rick,
Those are definately going to present you a problem. Especially that textured one. There are several threads that offer help in textured photos you might do a search for. At anyrate, I would give them a try and see what you can do with them. If you have trouble just ask for help.
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Old 09-02-2002, 11:57 PM
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DJ: thank you for the offer, and believe me, I'll probably submit it as a challenge as soon as I replant my hair.


ED: I've actually tried doing something very close to what was stated in that TUT, but the main problem was the fact that he had very defined features (read: Wrinkles on forehead) that would have simply have disappeared.

One thing I DID do with another picture with the basic problem was to scan it at about 800DPI (it was BIT large, it was an 8x10) and took care of most of the texturing issue w/o a problem.


I think whoever created and thinks that these little texture papers deserve a special place in the sub-sub-sub-basement of heaven. (How's THAT for a Euphemism?)




See you happy people laters,

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Old 09-03-2002, 11:43 AM
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I actually used to prefere the "matte" choice for photos until I see what a restoration nightmare they can be. Now it's glossy all the way. If ever there were jobs I'd like to turn away it would be those nasty textured ones. Another is magazine or newsprint with all the half tone dots.

I've had some good results using this plugin. It's free and even though it says demo, it's the full version. It called Eye Fidelity Tools. You can find it here.

I think I will try your large scan idea. Why didn't you scan that textured on large?
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Old 09-03-2002, 02:07 PM
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Thanks for the link DJ. I'll give that one a try.
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Old 09-03-2002, 09:58 PM
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Rick,

I played with your textured image a little bit. I didn't get the nose quite right, but I didn't have time to go back and fix it up. It was basically to show you what can be done to clean up the texture. I only worked on the woman's face.

I used a combination of 4 techniques (all have tuts):

Smoothing unwanted texture
Airbrushing
Spotting with the history brush
Colorizing

It's a tough image, though...

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Old 09-03-2002, 10:07 PM
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Jak:

The work that you did is wonderful, but the impression that I got from him was he wanted something that was relatively unrealistic in restoration.
Absolutely incredible on what peole think can be done on a PC.




there is another project that I worked on which was just as tough, but fortunately it was just a relatively simple D&S and adjustment layer majic w/ masks. But there was some discoloration that almost sent me into a stammering rage.


have I mentioned I started taking breathing lessons since I started doing this?

it keeps my clients alive.


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Old 09-04-2002, 05:38 AM
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Another option to try with the textured photos (I've used this method) is to photograph the image.
Sometimes it's necessary to photograph it twice - reversing the direction - and then layering the image, to remove the textured pattern.
I pretty much will give most images a try, but I caution the customer that it's probably not going to be a significant improvement.
My experience is that the customer usually knows someone with a computer who will attempt a fix, and they are usually satisfied with any improvements.
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