Restoration help

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  1. Christie Photo

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    I just took in a copy and restoration job, and the original is printed on a textured paper. As a result, I have some small, white, squiggly lines covering the entire photo to deal with. Any suggestions on how to proceed?

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    Pete

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    These are really tough to deal with Pete. I can see that the shot is not real sharp to begin with, but you can try using dust and scratches in photoshop. You'll want to duplicate your background layer before you run it. Use a low radius and a high threshold. Start at 1 or 2 for your radius and adjust the threshold starting around 20. You have to balance it so it's just affecting the texture. Use a higher radius or a lower threshold if you are not affecting them at all. It's hard for me to say because the settings will be much different for the full res file.

    Anytime you use this filter, you'll see some degradation to the file, so be sure to mask off anything funny. Your only other hope I'm afraid is the clone tool or healing brush, which can and will take hours and hours of tedious work.

    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks, Matt

    That's the way I strated, and thought... there has to be a better way.

    Oh well.

    Thanks again.

    Pete
     
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    Keep in mind Pete that if you can't see that texture in the print that you copied, you won't see much more of it in the print that you produce. Sometimes just softening it a bit can help. It pays to have a proof printed for yourself, to evaluate.
     
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    Yeah.... BUT... I didn't tell you....

    I explained to the customer that when you enlarge an image, you enlarge all of it's deficiencies. The original is a portion of a group photo. The area is about 1 3/4 x 2 1/2. She wants an 8x10. I told her... we'll see, but expect something smaller.
     
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    Oof, yes, well, at least you prepared the client. Whenever I do something like this for a client, I also set their expectations lower than mine. :)
     
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    You might cut the work by masking off the face and torso, then lens blurring or using the dust/scratches filter on the the rest to remove the scratches there in one shot. THere's no useable detail there anyway.
     
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    I'm curious as to how a photo even gets to looking like that. It looks almost fake, like some sort of texture applied in PS. I guess time can be a terrible thing, but still, it looks kind of hyper-real.
     
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    Just found this on a listserv and thought it might help

    He wanted to get lines distinct. You want to eliminate them so you may have to use a 'darken' mode for the layer.
    In any case, Please let us know if that works.
     
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    interesting.... sounds reasonable. I'll let you know how it goes.

    Thanks!
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    is this ok to try an edit with Christie?
     
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    Sure! Have at it! If ya want a larger file, let me know.
     

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