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Dec 15, 2017 15:20 |  #1

So my MIL gave me an old photo of my lady & her brother when they were little. I scanned it, and then did a bit of work in PS, a bunch of spot healing brush to get rid of scratches & stains, then flattened the image via a smart object on which I then created a few layers for increasing contrast & density, lightening it, ran some filters to increase local contrast, exposure, play with shadows & highlights, blacks & whites, dehaze, color balance, etc.

This is where I'm at so far, and am more than happy to hear any advice/feedback y'all have. Did I push anything too far, not enough? Should I try anything else to improve the final result. The intention was to put this on a coffee mug for Christmas, but since I'm fixing up an old photo I figured I may as well get a new print for her as well. Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Here is the edited image as it is at the moment, after my first pass.


IMAGE: http://chuck-d.net/images/potn/Lori/Candice%20&%20John.jpg

Here is the original image as scanned, cropped & resized for web (no output sharpening on this one, though I did do output sharpening on the edit).


IMAGE: http://chuck-d.net/images/potn/Lori/Candice%20&%20John%20-%20unedited%20scan%20cropped.jpg

One additional edit I am considering is putting a layer mask to only effect the ground, especially in the dark part of the ground to the left, and run a despeckle filter on that. I don't want to lose the sharpness in their faces, but that noise in the dark wall on the left is too much to clear up with just a spot healing brush.

EDIT: Well, I actually did the despeckle on the dark ground to the left of the chair already and updated the image on the server as I have a couple of friends looking at it too, with the same links.

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Dec 15, 2017 15:26 |  #2

You can probably crop some of that stuff on the left out. In fact, I think you could crop the whole thing a little tighter. A good noise reduction program shouldn't effect their face detail, I know mine doesn't.

I know......getting rid of all of the little specks on old pictures is a pain in the butt. At least with the content aware you can just click away at them....goes pretty fast.


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Dec 15, 2017 15:31 |  #3

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You can probably crop some of that stuff on the left out. In fact, I think you could crop the whole thing a little tighter. A good noise reduction program shouldn't effect their face detail, I know mine doesn't.

I know......getting rid of all of the little specks on old pictures is a pain in the butt. At least with the content aware you can just click away at them....goes pretty fast.


Yeah, my thought though was to not modify the composition too much, I tried to only crop the edges where the scan wasn't perfectly straight and remove as little of the original photo as possible. Now that you suggest it though I may play with a couple crops and see what it looks like after I finish the other edits.

What are you using for noise reduction?

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Dec 15, 2017 15:35 |  #4

Noiseware http://imagenomic.com/​Products/Noiseware (external link)

Works great and great folks to talk to if you have any questions.


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Dec 15, 2017 18:03 as a reply to  @ saea501's post |  #5

I think you're right about cropping it. Why should I be stuck in whatever composition was used by whoever the photographer was back then? While I certainly think this improves the image, by cutting out parts that aren't the subject (the kids), I could see them wanting to see more of the grandmother's home back then, but it's not like there was a lot of the room in the shot to begin with and you can still see chair & curtain, so... in general I like that you broke me out of the box of thinking I should keep the composition of the original scan.

IMAGE: http://chuck-d.net/images/potn/Lori/Candice%20&%20John%20-%20cropped.jpg

Side note, it's pretty easy to do a somewhat decent job of digitally restoring old prints that are not in a terrible condition. This has piqued my interest in learning more about digital restoration and its techniques.

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Dec 21, 2017 07:33 |  #6

I think I would reduce the purple and slightly increase clarity, as below:



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Dec 21, 2017 10:56 |  #7

Elements even has a guided edit for restoring old photos.


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Dec 21, 2017 11:10 |  #8

Ramon-uk wrote in post #18523144 (external link)
I think I would reduce the purple and slightly increase clarity, as below:


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This one looks a bit green to me, and the shadows have gone green. But the original does look slightly magenta. Slightly. Will obviously depend on your monitor and its calibration, so I am not the last word.

I would just tip it a bit to the left since it does not look level to me.


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