No announcement yet.

Need help...

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Need help...

    Hello all! I am a new subscriber to this site, having manipulated pictures on an amateur level for quite some time now (mostly of my 16 month old daughter!). I am attempting to start up a restoration business (slowly) to supplement income. I received this picture and upon scanning, came up with nasty horizontal lines. I cannot get rid of them no matter how I try. I have researched techniques everywhere and nothing works so I figured I would bring it to the pros here! Any help and pointers would be greatly appreciated!

  • #2
    Hmm - pic didn't upload...

    Let's try again!
    Attached Files


    • #3
      Hi Melissa - welcome to the site!!

      If it's possible, try scanning the picture sideways instead of upright. The horizontal lines look like texture from the paper it's printed on. Scanning sideways might eliminate some of the lines.

      Hope this helps


      • #4
        Hi Melissa,

        Getting rid of crap like this is a hobby of mine. If you don't have acccess to special filters it can be very difficult. It can still be done. It helps to make some basic selections and save those selections, such as around the circle in the centre, behind his head, his outfit, and finally, his face... then activate each selection and work on each section. To get rid of the moire with native filters, such as blur, experiment with gentle settings and repeat the filter, maybe going to fade>filter, etc.. Once you've gone as far as you feel you can without destroying the detail, move on to the blur tool, then take a look at what's left of the moire and then introduce texture and noise, usually on a new layer of 50% grey in soft light mode. This is an interesting technique and helps to camouflages the horizontal lines.

        It can be done, you just need to play around.



        • #5
          Thanks for the pointers

          and the warm welcome! I will try and rescan (right now the computer my scanner is hooked to is hosed). Mig - what kind of "special filters"? I love filters! Also - are there any free filters that handle this kind of damage? I'm trying to keep cost as low as possible. If the price isn't super high I'll suck it up but free is always a good thing!

          Thanks again!


          Related Topics


          • aspi
            Wretched lines
            by aspi
            Hi folks,

            I'm new here, but I have been doing photo restorations for a long time on my own. I have managed some good results, but don't have any formal training so I have LOTS to learn. I often work on antique photos that friends and relatives send to me and I have several like the...
            04-03-2003, 06:44 PM
          • mirwolf
            Help removing lines in a scan.
            by mirwolf
            Hi all. i was wondering if anyone knew how to remove these lines in this scan. these are due to the material that the photgraph is made of. it seems to be a somewhat reflective umm grid/canvas like material? when i scanned it the light seemed to reflect of the lines. heres the pic. thanks in advance!...
            08-06-2003, 12:59 AM
          • Vco
            Lines on photograph
            by Vco

            Wasn't quite sure what to call the problem in this photograph, maybe someone else could tell me.

            I've tried many different methods on trying to remove the lines in the photograph and to no success and wondering if anyone else has come across this before and has a...
            08-06-2012, 05:05 PM
          • limaze
            Removing stripes very very ugly
            by limaze
            hello everyone. i have very trouble getting rid of vertical lines in some of my pictures. do you know of a way to remove the stripes without extensive use of blur and without losing detail?

            in first attached picture you can clearly see the troublemaker; second picture is my try...
            03-04-2005, 01:16 AM
          • ozonew4m
            I tried but...
            by ozonew4m
            Hello all.. I realise this is my first post and i feel a bit cheeky asking but if you have the time i would love to see what you guys could do with it.The image is of my nan and grandad, My grandad died just after the war so i would love to get this pic restored for myself as i never met him and of...
            01-02-2006, 05:36 PM