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07/11/2016 01:04:05 PM · #1
A friend of mine asked if this image could be restored. I said it was beyond anything I'd attempt, but I'd post it here and give folks a crack at it. If it can be done decently, there's a little money in it, $30.00 or so. Click to view large image. These are VERY big scans, one in color and the other in grayscale.

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Thanks!
07/11/2016 01:21:09 PM · #2
I will play with it a bit and let you know. This is the sorta thing that gets a bit tedious.
07/11/2016 01:21:38 PM · #3
Which version do they want fixed, and "how much"? The only really hard part is cloning out the tape marks, other than that it's mainly boosting contrast and sharpening, no?
07/11/2016 01:27:30 PM · #4
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Which version do they want fixed, and "how much"? The only really hard part is cloning out the tape marks, other than that it's mainly boosting contrast and sharpening, no?

Either version, I will deal with adding/removing sepia when it is fixed. We didn't know if it would be easier to do in the color or B/W scan so scanned it both ways. "How much" fixing? I don't know what's possible, realistically. But it's not just the tape, for sure, there are whole white areas where the emulsion is missing from the print, and scratches and folds and such. It's a real mess.
07/11/2016 01:34:26 PM · #5
Well I don't want to have 2 ppl doing it ...
But I will post my progress in a few minutes since I have a little time to play (slow at work).
07/11/2016 01:41:16 PM · #6
Originally posted by tate:

Well I don't want to have 2 ppl doing it ...

Actually, competition would be GREAT :-) But seriously, once someone's made a start on it and showed good results-to-date, then we can commit to that person...
07/11/2016 01:43:25 PM · #7
I'm enamored by the crunchy tape texture.
07/11/2016 02:02:34 PM · #8
Originally posted by tate:

Well I don't want to have 2 ppl doing it ...
But I will post my progress in a few minutes since I have a little time to play (slow at work).

You go for it -- I'm sure it will be faster/better than if I tackle it with a computer and Photoshop nearly as old as the photo ... :-)
07/11/2016 02:07:18 PM · #9
I always worry that i will suddenly get innundated with other stuff - but this is what I have so far ...
Most of the easier parts are what I've done =/

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07/11/2016 02:18:20 PM · #10
Originally posted by tate:

I always worry that i will suddenly get innundated with other stuff - but this is what I have so far ...
Most of the easier parts are what I've done =/

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You're doing great so far. The job is yours :-) There's no particular hurry, within reason take your time :-)
07/11/2016 02:20:55 PM · #11
You ARE working off the full-size image right?
07/11/2016 02:26:20 PM · #12
10808 pixels wide? yeah I think that's the big one ! ;)

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

You ARE working off the full-size image right?


Message edited by author 2016-07-11 14:32:24.
07/11/2016 02:56:08 PM · #13
If I had time I'd spend more time on it, because I love playing with stuff like this.

Here's the easy part. Camera Raw & Nik Dfine 2.0 - five minutes. The rest is all content aware fill and the clone tool. Piece of cake. LOL

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07/11/2016 03:19:55 PM · #14
OK, 20 more minutes.

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Wheel's buggered and I still have some small stuff to fix.

Message edited by author 2016-07-11 15:20:34.
07/11/2016 09:39:23 PM · #15
You guys sure have more patience at that stuff than I do :-)
07/12/2016 05:57:23 AM · #16
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

You guys sure have more patience at that stuff than I do :-)


I don't look at it as fixing stuff as much as I look at it as a puzzle that needs answering. Some pieces are easy to put in place, others take time and experimentation. Fixing that wheel is something that I want to do right (I didn't) and know that when I figure it out it'll be in my bag of tricks for when I need it.
07/12/2016 10:59:41 AM · #17
Cool approach :-)
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