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Old Mar 8, 2006, 11:05 AM   #1
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Could anyone save old George Jabez Benton? I've tried with Photoshop but can't seem to get it right.
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 12:02 PM   #2
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For anyone interested (no one is I'm sure) this photo was taken in the 1890s (or around then)and is of an ancestor who founded the family stone mason business.
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 6:39 PM   #3
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This isn't great, but I used PS7 and used levels to balance out the "color" and exposure, boosted the midrange a bit, applied the dust&scratches filter to the whole image, then smoothed out the background a bit more with the Gaussian blur filter.

Unfortunately, the d&s filter took out some sharpness which I tried to compensate for by applying Sharpcontrol, a free sharpening utility that I'm trying out. Might have to do another one using PS's USM and see if it does a better job.

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Old Mar 8, 2006, 7:38 PM   #4
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This one is better! I ran it through Neat Image, first for noise reduction, then did levels and applied USM selectively by painting on the effect via layer mask.

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Nice work on the second version, came out looking good.
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Old Mar 9, 2006, 11:38 AM   #6
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Wow, thanks very much. If I ever put such pictures on my website (and if they're the ones you helped) I'll make sure to give you the credit.

Here's a couple more ancestors I tried colouring in (!):


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