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Old May 6 2010, 06:09 AM   #1
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Hi,

I recently updated my copy of Photoshop and with some of the new tools, I had a go at retouching an old damaged photo, and below is the before and after results.


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I'm intrigued! His waistcoat buttons the correct way, but the writing (top left) is mirrored.
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Old May 6 2010, 06:56 AM   #3
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The top photo is the original, no idea why the writing is mirrored.

I was just focusing on cleaning up the image.
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Nice work. Isn't the healing brush great?

I wonder if someone wrote on the negative, which would explain why the positive image looks correct but the writing is mirrored.

If this is an archive photo the writing might be significant. You could perhaps try restoring that by interpolating between the gaps in the lettering and taking a mirror image of that part of the photo?
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Steven might be right in that someone wrote on the negative.

Sokar, when using the healing brush, be extra aware of a "repetition effect" like you have a teensy bit where you repaired the photo at the lower left. Change the place your "copy" comes from if you use cloning or healing.

As for the whole, excellent work!
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Looks great, well done!
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I'll have another go at it over the weekend, I have a couple of essays to work.. unless someone want to help me
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Sokar, when using the healing brush, be extra aware of a "repetition effect" like you have a teensy bit where you repaired the photo at the lower left. Change the place your "copy" comes from if you use cloning or healing.
I also find that changing the brush size helps too. When the background you are copying is fairly flat, you can use quite a large brush size, as long as you make small movements so you don't accidentally include something that isn't part of the background.

Another trick I discovered for tidying up a background that's supposed to be smooth is to create a layer containing a duplicate copy of the photograph and then apply a Gaussian smoothing filter with a huge scale size (e.g. 25 pixels). You can then use the layer mask to mask out the non background areas and reveal the parts of the photo you want to keep sharp. I have used this trick to remove ugly stripes from a badly cloned sky.
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Another trick I discovered for tidying up a background that's supposed to be smooth is to create a layer containing a duplicate copy of the photograph and then apply a Gaussian smoothing filter with a huge scale size (e.g. 25 pixels). You can then use the layer mask to mask out the non background areas and reveal the parts of the photo you want to keep sharp. I have used this trick to remove ugly stripes from a badly cloned sky.
Very useful tip, Steven. Thanks.
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I actually did most of the retouching with a new feature in the CS5 version of photoshop, called content aware fill, basically what this does is it scan the inside of your selection and looks around the outside of the selection and tries, and I do mean tries to fill in, to match. And most of the time it works, some times it needs a bit more work.

The healing brush also now has this content aware feature, that's what I was using for this.

I've also flipped the image so you can read the text. I think it says senator or something 1936.

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You lucky devil, you. I need to wait until the Dutch language version of CS5 will be out. But hopefully that will be later this month.

I had reason to try the photomerge abilities of CS4 lately and was much impressed with how much better they are as opposed to earlier versions.

As for the content awareness. I still think I see the wrong filling/healing traces, so you'd best be aware of that next time. They are very easy to get rid of.
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You lucky devil, you. I need to wait until the Dutch language version of CS5 will be out. But hopefully that will be later this month.

I had reason to try the photomerge abilities of CS4 lately and was much impressed with how much better they are as opposed to earlier versions.

As for the content awareness. I still think I see the wrong filling/healing traces, so you'd best be aware of that next time. They are very easy to get rid of.
Yeah, I noticed filling healing things, once it'd posted the pics here, typical that, when i next have a go, probbly tomorrow, or Sat I'll work on some mianly using conten aware fill, and only use the healing brush/content aware combo when on really necessary, there are a few bit in the first attempt that I used the healing brush, and have since found I didn't need to...

But hey, i've only had the software just over a day, and been busy with essays, so that's my excuse
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All you need now is his name.
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He's Senator Daniel Voorhuis, Indiana, 1877-1897.

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thanks Farclas,

I'd hadn't gotten round to looking for him.
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Voorhees. Ah, yes, as I thought, of Dutch descent. Couldn't be anything else with a name like that

Did you recognise the picture, Farclas?
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Nah, the amazingly simple journalist technique:

The bottom line looked vaguely like Indiana, so googled 'senator' & 'indiana'. The clothes looked late-Victorian, which narrowed the search.

Bingo! Not so arcane, huh?
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I had another go, and this time just used the content aware fill... there are still a few bit which could be improved on, but i think overall ti's pretty good.

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No wonder I couldn't find him: I was looking for senators serving in 1936.

The date doesn't tie in with anything in his life. Born 1827: died 1897. Unless there was some memorial to him opened in 1936? New library at one of his old schools?

Sokar: where did you obtain it from? What's it's history?
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I just googled old damaged photos, and was looking for some to practise with, and this was on of the first i tried.

not sure I could find it again, cause that might not have been the exact search term I used, i tried several, but it was something like that.

Wish it was something more fanciful story wise than that.
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Sokar, next time ask your parents! They might have old (damaged) photos that need some TLC. You would first have to scan them but I guess that wouldn't be a problem.

And if they haven't got any, ask me!
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Will do, but if you have any close to hand...
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Don't think so, will have to look for them. But I know I got lots
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