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« on: October 10, 2007, 08:49:21 AM »

Hi everyone!

Si I won't go completely insane I am working on my own personal little project and would like to share some of it with you.  am restoring a photo for someone I know, it is a picture of his grandparents taken in China a long time ago.  I love the photo and all it portrays. Unfortunately the photo has the grossest honeycomb texture you have ever seen.  It is a fairly small photo, 4x6" and the owner wants to enlarge it and send it to back to China.  Anything bigger than the original size and you see white dots the likes of whom you never knew existed.  I mean white dots panorama, it gives a total new meaning to the words "white dots". 
I scanned the photo at a high resolution (1600dpi) and in color.  I then flipped it upside down and scanned it again.
In Photoshop I straightened the upside down photo and pasted it as a layer on top of the first photo.  I set the blending mode to difference and lined the two photos up to fit exactly together.  Then I changed to blending mode back to normal and the opacity to 50%.  I am quite pleased with the outcome, not only did the texture fade but also the shadows that deepened the other damage haven completely disappeared.  This photo will now take me only a couple of hours to clean (I hope!)  Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 10:03:30 AM »

Great job of eliminating the tonal change across the crease lines.  And the white dots are greatly reduced too.  Thumbs up

I have two questions:
1. Since the texture is from the matte paper and of very regular pattern, would FFT filter work help?
2. When you blend the two layers together, is there a blending mode that would use the darker of the two for each pixel?



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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 12:26:19 PM »

I've been having bad luck with my FFT filter.  Actually it is the iFFT filter that will not do it for me.  Photoshop registers that iFFT was applied but the picture just won't show and remains in FFT (with the black dots and star in the middle).  I haven't been able to read anywhere what is going wrong here , maybe it is a bad plug in version.  That is the reason I have been looking for alternative methods of dealing with texture glare.

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 12:53:45 PM »

Hi Hannie!

I couldn't get the FFT filter to work either until I found Ro's tutorial here http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=185.  It's so simple even I can do it. 

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 12:55:26 PM »

Hi MJ,

Thanks a lot for the link, I will try that out right away!

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007, 01:10:27 PM »

Hi Hannie

I love the effect of your technique.  I tried a similar route with my little girl last night, but the results weren't nearly that good.  I think it may be the difference between a photo with texture (a regular pattern) vs. one with ungodly grain and many huge dark splotches.  I still appreciate the logic, so I may try it again tonight with a few other blending modes and see what I get.  If I can't get her looking decent soon, you may all be treated to an "MJ rant" from me!

The photo on which you're working is lovely.  What a wonderful legacy.

Cheers!


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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007, 04:29:14 PM »

Yes Glenna, the texture on the photo must be regular for the FFT filter to work that properly so I am told.  I still haven't got the darn iFFT filter to work for me.  Even after taking Ro's tut (thanks again MJ).
For irregular grain and specks it is probably not a bad idea to use several different strengths Dust & Scratches layers with layer masks and you those to paint away the grain and splotches.

 Kiss

Hannie

Edit:  finally got my FFT filter to work.  Turned out I didn't have RGB version installed so went and dowloaded the right one!  Back to the drawing table... Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007, 03:03:14 PM »

Hi y'all!

I just finished my China project, thought it would be nice to tell you what I did.
Like I said earlier I scanned the photo twice, the second time turned it 180 degrees.  That got rid of a lot of texture but I like even better what it did to all the scratches and folds.
I also ran the photo through the FFT filter, I had to lower the resolution from 1600 to 600.  (FFT doesn't like to iFFT 80 Mb images!)  That got rid of even more of the honeycomb texture.  I did not add the FFT layer to the original photo, instead I used the FFT image (black/white) to work on further, added a level adjustment layer and used hue/saturation to give it back that sepia color.
Worked on the damage and blurred out any leftover honeycomb patterns.
I really enjoyed working on this photo!  Smiley

Hannie

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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2007, 03:21:29 PM »

WOW!!!!!!!  That's amazing Hannie....    Thumbs up
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2007, 03:52:15 PM »

Hannie,

What a beautiful job you did with this one!

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« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2007, 04:17:47 PM »

Hi Hannie

My compliments on a beautiful restoration and some interesting methods to scan it and clean it.  You're awesome!

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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2007, 04:38:12 PM »

Oh Hannie you did a fabulous! job.  Amazing!

Cheers,
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2007, 05:08:45 PM »

What an amazing restoration!!!   Thumbs up

It is nteresting to see her pull her left sleeve up to show the jade bracelet.
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2007, 05:49:25 PM »

Thumbs up Beautiful job Hannie. It has such a surreal feeling to it.
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2007, 06:57:20 PM »

 Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up  So pretty!
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