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Offline michaelb104

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Old Photo
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:24:35 AM »
I’ve got hold of a number of old photos of my family and I would like to scan them and then restore them to a better quality, such as removing the fold marks.

Here is an example of my Great Great Great Grandpa.


Any tips or advice on what I should/could do?

Many thanks.


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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 08:43:04 AM »
That one would certainly scan. Personally I'd scan it at 600dpi in monochrome (and probably add sepia again right before printing it). You need to get it as flat on the scanner bed as possible - maybe add weight such as a pile of books to the scanner lid. Otherwise the crease/tear will leave a dark shadow which can be quite difficult to remove. (I think the cause of the centre of your example being lighter than the left and right sides is probably that it wasn't flat enough.) You might try adjusting your scanner software's histogram to slightly increase the contrast at that stage rather than later in the editing. That tear looks to me to be fairly easy to remove by careful use of a clone tool, and the smaller scratches and stain should be simple too.

I enjoy restoring old photos. I'm sure you will too.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 12:13:41 PM »
  Hi Mike.
                  Hope you don't mind, I just had a quick go, would you like me to post it?
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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013, 01:13:56 PM »
Scan it as is, as flat as possible as Simon says. 600dpi should definitely be enough. Use a gradient map or some other way of converting the display of the image to black and white - but DO NOT change the colour mode if you want to retint it later. With monochrome pictures the levels control is your best friend - either use the picker or muck about with the sliders - start with the whites and move towards the middle until you have whites where you want them, then the blacks in the same way, finally the midtones as suits.

Getting rid of dust, scratches and folds is rather more editor dependent - harder in Photoplus than any of the Photoshop family, so I'll leave that one to the online tutorials.

Good luck with it.

Graham - I'd like to see your effort ;)
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2013, 03:15:39 PM »
  Generally I find the bigger the original the better, almost as important as the condition.
  You will find that the crease/scratch ALWAYS goes through the subject (It's the law.) Then it's down to the Clone tool, make a layer to work on so you can keep reffering back to how you are doing.
  The Spot Healing brush is also very effective in dealing with spots and blemishes and don't forget the Content Aware Fill tool if you have it.
  Repaired work will always benefit from a bit of levels adjustment or an "S" curve to boost the contrast, and maybe a bit of sharpening to give it a bit of zing.


 I stick my attempt up as soon as Mike OK's it.  :tup:
 
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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 07:35:18 AM »
I have had a quick go too if Mike wants to have a look.

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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013, 08:03:10 AM »
Sorry for the late reply, work life balance not as good as it should be!!!!!!

Thank you for the advice, I will give it a go.

Yes, please post I'd be really interested to see what can be done.
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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013, 09:12:14 AM »
Mike

This was just a very quick less than 5 minute edit on your very small original, with a full sized one and more time it would be that much better.

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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 10:34:10 AM »
  Here's my go.

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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013, 12:54:42 PM »
Wow, Colin / Graham thanks.  They both look really good, I've got to find time to have a go myself but that 'Work Life Balance' thing is tipping too far in the wrong direction at the moment  >:(
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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2013, 02:21:43 PM »
Sorry, late to the party - here's my 5 minute stab:



I added the toning back to keep the vibe :)
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2013, 04:31:36 PM »
Not been on here for a while as I've been a bit busy. Couldn't resisit having a go at this if that's o.k.
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2013, 04:34:13 PM »
Nice clean up jobs here guys. Would be nice for a noob like me to have some descriptions of how you got your individual results.  :tup:
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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2013, 04:51:55 PM »
My Workflow was

Open in CS6 Camera Raw
Adjust white balance, temperature and tint
Tweak Exposure, contrast, whites and blacks
Increase the Clarity quite a lot then a bit of vibrance and saturation
Open Image
Healing brush over the worst of the crease
Then clone stamp at 50% opacity to tidy up
Curves adjustment
Levels adjustment
Little sharpening and that was it

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Re: Old Photo
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2013, 05:19:28 PM »
Very late to the party I was lucky enough to dig out the original image  which in fact features your great, great , great grandpa in his true colours. He was a secret Newcastle Utd supporter engaged in building the first St James` Park as an ardent fan. Sorry if this disappoints you.


PS No offence to your grt, grt, grt grandad. I started having a go and then got bored.... ;)

 

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