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  • Photo restoration of my father in 1944

    Hello everyone,
    I'm back with another baby picture of my father.

    I've gotten as far as I can on this with my current skill level. I have no clue how to handle that stain on his right arm. Also, I do not know how to deal with that HORRIBLE texture over the entire picture. Lastly I don't know how to deal with the discoloration in the shadows under the table and between his shoes. I've looked through a couple of restoration books, but nothing stood out as being able to help me.

    So, what can I do to fix these issues? Also, what do you think of my work so far? I need objective viewers to give comments and suggestions so I can improve. Thanks!
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    Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

    Hi Timmy, the image is Black & White so I would desaturate it or convert it to grayscale to get rid of the areas of stray color such as between his shoes. The pattern resulting from the textured photo paper is more difficult to illiminate. The fastest and easiest way to mitigate it is to use a good noise filter such as Noiseware, Noise Ninja, Neat Image, etc. It will be a trade off between the amount you want to blur the image bersus how much of the pattern you are willing to put up with.
    Regards, Murray
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    • #3
      Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

      Timmy,
      You may also want to consider rescanning or photographing the image again. The paper texture can be reduced dramatically by realigning the light source. Also, the "discoloration" you refer to looks like silvering - a normal product of age on images from this era. The silvering will only get worse on the original, so don't wait to get all the good scans or photographs of it you want. There are also several other methods of reducing silverings' effect. You can search RetouchPro for other threads on that subject.

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      • #4
        Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

        Originally posted by mistermonday View Post
        Hi Timmy, the image is Black & White so I would desaturate it or convert it to grayscale to get rid of the areas of stray color such as between his shoes. The pattern resulting from the textured photo paper is more difficult to illiminate. The fastest and easiest way to mitigate it is to use a good noise filter such as Noiseware, Noise Ninja, Neat Image, etc. It will be a trade off between the amount you want to blur the image bersus how much of the pattern you are willing to put up with.
        Regards, Murray
        Would using a Channel Mixer adjustment layer with Monochrome checked work for this?

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        • #5
          Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

          Originally posted by TommyO View Post
          Timmy,
          You may also want to consider rescanning or photographing the image again. The paper texture can be reduced dramatically by realigning the light source. Also, the "discoloration" you refer to looks like silvering - a normal product of age on images from this era. The silvering will only get worse on the original, so don't wait to get all the good scans or photographs of it you want. There are also several other methods of reducing silverings' effect. You can search RetouchPro for other threads on that subject.
          I will try rescanning it then. I only have a Kodak 4mp point-and-shoot and it wouldn't work for photographing this. I'll look up some techniques for scanning images such as this. Thanks!

          BTW, other than the silvering still being there, what do you think of my restoration so far, as in getting the creases out?

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          • #6
            Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

            Timmy if you are going to Re-scan this thread may help : Scanners, textures, scratches, cracks, silvering
            ~.~0lBaldy~.~

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            • #7
              Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

              Originally posted by timmy1729 View Post
              BTW, other than the silvering still being there, what do you think of my restoration so far, as in getting the creases out?
              Well, I'm Ok with most of the spot removal. However, the clone source for the creases may have been too far away, as it brought in some noticeable larger textures. You may have to retouch those areas again and try to select some of the texture nearby.

              You may also want to examine some of your adjustment layers, as one of the adjustments you made has accentuated the texture a bit, making it more noticeable as well. Sort of re-highlighted the little highlights in each of the tiny crevasses.

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              • #8
                Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                I started by switching to lab mode chose the b channel, used apply image chose the a channel set to exclusion to reduce the silvering. switched back to rgb mode used the magic wand to select the dark areas of the photo, applied filter,noise,despeckle 4 times to reduce the texture in the shadows, selected the highlights and applied the same filter once. repaired the defects around the table and small areas of the curtain and jacket. Used grain surgery 2 to sample the grain from the original photo and add it back into the shadows to reduce the texture a small amount more.
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                • #9
                  Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                  Unimatrix, lovely job - except the image looks lavender on my monitor.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                    Thats odd I did convert it to black and white when all adjustment and corrections were made.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                      Originally posted by TommyO View Post
                      Well, I'm Ok with most of the spot removal. However, the clone source for the creases may have been too far away, as it brought in some noticeable larger textures. You may have to retouch those areas again and try to select some of the texture nearby.

                      You may also want to examine some of your adjustment layers, as one of the adjustments you made has accentuated the texture a bit, making it more noticeable as well. Sort of re-highlighted the little highlights in each of the tiny crevasses.
                      Thanks for the suggestions! I made two scans per the scanning tutorial that OlBaldy posted. I'll see if that helps when I get home this afternoon. Yeah, I've got a lot of practicing to do with creases and tears. Those are a little difficult. But, I can edit out pimples like a champ!

                      Quick question though. With dealing with creases and similar repairs, what adjustments are better to do before repairing those and what adjustments are better to do after? One book will say to do all major repairs before even doing a levels adjustment and some will say to fix the levels and contrast before doing major repairs. I can do steps and processes. But, things like this are difficult for me to grasp. I'll try putting the two scans together first and see if that helps me any. Hopefully that will reduce the silvering and bring out some more detail.

                      Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Keep 'em coming!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                        Originally posted by lurch View Post
                        Unimatrix, lovely job - except the image looks lavender on my monitor.
                        Mine too. I'm looking at it on my flat-panel at work and it looks that way on this one. I'll see how it looks on my laptop at home this afternoon.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                          yep, slight lavender cast here too...

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                          • #14
                            Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                            The normal retouch,
                            B&W, re-color,
                            CS3 noise remover
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                            • #15
                              Re: Photo restoration of my father in 1944

                              Originally posted by timmy1729 View Post
                              Mine too. I'm looking at it on my flat-panel at work and it looks that way on this one. I'll see how it looks on my laptop at home this afternoon.
                              Lavender on my laptop screen too. Oh well. No biggie

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