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hrisula

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Hi everybody,
I have an old photo to restore, as a matter of fact I was given the scanned photo as a file.
The problem with the photo is twofold
a) There is an obvious "moire" pattern
b) There is a "milky" cloud covering part of the picture

Can anybody give me some clues as to how I can eliminate the moire and the milky cloud.

Thanks

PS I am using Photoshop
 

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Got to think about it for a minute but...

something funny with the shadow patterns....maybe the only light is from the right and high

not an easy or quick one to fix

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Hola
The moire pattern is part of the paper that was common in those days. Even though is possible to fix it, it will take you a lot of time to do it. Scan the picture in a 45 degree angle, and see if it's better. The white marks or "milky marks" you may have to completely redo all that part. In another words, you may have to "draw" all those parts.
Here is a sample of your picture (excuse me, but I just cannot resist) Obviously it is still in need of a lot of work.
Good luck
Uly7
 

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Hola/Salut,
Very nice job!!!!
Thanks a bunch!!!
Since I do not have the original picture, do you advise me to use my printer and print the photo and then scan it at 45 degree angle?
I will follow your advise and redraw
 

hrisula

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If I don't scan, even if it is a long job, how can I get rid of the moire, without losing image sharpness.
Can you please give me some ideas?
 
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Your best bet for removing the moire is to use the blur tool. Set it to ~5 pix for the detail areas, and slightly larger ~15 pix for the more open areas. give it a sharpen edges filter when done, and retouch some of the fuzzier ones with a small smudge tool. To remove some of the "milky" areas, select color range, adjust brightness, then blur/feather the edges. I also did an image>adjustment>hue/saturation>colorize to even things up a bit. Looks to be quite tedious, but I think it can be done.

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hrisula

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What an improvement!!

I will follow your advise and fix the photo. These pictures are important to people, I think I ought to give it my best shot.

Thanks a million!!!
 
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NP.

One quick tip about the blur tool I forgot to mention: do NOT drag it over the "edges" between image elements (i.e. the edge between the guy's shoulder and the backdrop). Run the tool UP TO the edge on both sides, but you'll want to maintain the 'sharp-ish' line that already exists (in other words, don't just willy-nilly blur the whole image) Little blurred edges/mistakes can be cleaned up with a VERY small smudge tool using short, controlled strokes.

Good luck!

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Then when your all done save your work in a good format so you don't down grade it hrisula. Keep it in psd format till your done working on it too.
 
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Crossgrain nice job. Hrisula, I hope that you get enought info how to do a good job with your picture. Most of the time, it's just that, time. Time and patiece, ( maybe coffee, a lot of coffee)
Good luck.
Uly7
One thing. If you have this picture only in a digital format, don't print it, go from the one on the disk.
 
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uly7,
Nice job you did there. The first thing I thought after seeing that pic was that the partial person in the far right has to go. As I read down the thread, you did just that. Your clean-up was very nice.
I don't know how I missed this thread, just my kinda thing.

hrisula,
Don't try to print and re-scan, you will just degrade the image further. Continue with the image as the others have suggested. It has the potential to be very nice.
 

hrisula

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Thanks to all, I appreciate the tips and the help.

With all that learning I restored another picture, which was somewhat easier to restore (it did not have the milky cloud)
Can you take a look and "critique" it for me please. Does it look OK? Can it be improved?
Personally I am not very happy with the sepia color, it does not give the "aetherial" sort of look. What do you think?

Thanks again
Hrisula
 

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Thanks Longhair.
Good job Hrisula. I like it. If you clean up old pictures and take away the sepia color, they don't look as good or appealing ( to me) as with their sepia color. To get "YOUR" perfect sepia color, get a sample of the color with the eyedropper, then go the swatches palette and "drop "your sample" the eyedroper change into a bucket, name your color and you are ready to use your very own sepia color, over an a over again.
I hope this help.
Uly7
 
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