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Photo Clean-up help

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by NeoNemesis, 26 Jul 2006.

  1. NeoNemesis

    Wise Guy

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    Hi Guys,

    I am looking for a bit of a favour. I have got a hi resolution scan of an image which I need cleaning up. I have tried to clean it up myself but I am not very good with the whole deal and I end up loosing far too much detail. I am planning to get the image printed professionally at a large size as it is very important to me.

    I was wondering if anyone would be able to clean away the speckles, fingerprints and the weird optical distortion on the right hand side...

    Here is a little version of the file, maybe she will inspire you to lend me a hand! :)
    [​IMG]

    The actual image is saved as a raw bitmap at 12mb and can be downloaded from here.

    I would be so grateful for any help that anyone can give me here.

    Neo
     
  2. mrgubby

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    :confused:
     
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  3. -TA-

    Hitman

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    who owns the copyright??
     
  4. Diskbox

    Wise Guy

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    i`ll give it a go, not promising anything.
     
  5. Diskbox

    Wise Guy

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    i only spent 5 min, but i`m sure if i spent longer i could do a better job.

    View
     
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  7. NeoNemesis

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks guys those look much better! I wish I was able to do it myself, i just seem to make it look rubbish every time! I'm so grateful!!!!!!

    Just out of curiosity, what program did you use and what kinda techniques were employed?

    She will be pleased too.

    I do - Unfortunately my negatives were destroyed. The prints were ok, but I needed to copy them properly to get 'digital' negatives as it were.

    Neo
     
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  8. Selekt0r

    Wise Guy

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    I'll have a go at it for you.

    (Sorry - guys, but the ones above have either got loads of white dust specs still, or fairly dreadful JPEG artifacts, both of which would show up when printed)
     
  9. NeoNemesis

    Wise Guy

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    Even better!! :D Thanks
     
  10. Selekt0r

    Wise Guy

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    Right, I've run it through the following basic process:

    - NeatImage
    - Polaroid Dust & Scratch removal
    - Manual touch-up of remaining dust etc. in Photoshop
    - Little bit of Unsharp Mask to sharpen it up

    [​IMG]

    The only other thing which I wan't sure about is the yellow/blue colouring on the strap of the *ahem* negligee. I think it's probably a colour-fringing artifact from the scanning process. I've toned down the yellow a little to make it less noticable, and it probably won't stand out too much on a printed version, but if you want me to have another go at cleaning that up a bit more then let me know. There's also a little bit of the same on the necklace, but even less noticable.

    Full res versions here:

    TIFF

    BMP

    *edit* Pretty lady BTW :)
     
  11. A5H

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    I used neatimage and PS CS2.
    I think the above one needs the background brushing out tbh.
    I'm fairly sure alot of that would show up when printing...
     
  12. Selekt0r

    Wise Guy

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    A lot of what would show up?
     
  13. A5H

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    Like the V shaped 'thing' on the righ and the smudge on the left.
     
  14. Selekt0r

    Wise Guy

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    Ooh - I completely missed those earlier. I get a lot of sun into my study during the day and I guess I just couldn't see them. :eek:

    I'll have a go at sorting those out.
     
  15. Selekt0r

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  16. NeoNemesis

    Wise Guy

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    Skeltor,

    I cannot thank you enough. By the looks of this thread you have put some real effort into this and I am so very grateful. Thank you so much. If there is anything that I can do for you in return then please let me know, altho my skills are somewhat limited!

    Thank you all for your help!!!!!

    :D :D :D :D

    I will ask Sarah to thank all of the people in this thread too as it is her photo. I should take this opportunity to boast a little bit as she is my beautiful girlfriend!!!

    Neo
     
  17. Boycie

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    Such a cool photo, what kind of setup do you need to do stuff like that?

    Tah

    Luke
     
  18. A5H

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    Ach :p Damn you.
    Quality work buddy ;)
     
  19. Selekt0r

    Wise Guy

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    No problem - I enjoy 'tinkering' with photo restoration. Having such appealing subject matter helps too - you lucky guy ;) :D