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spiderdan Mar 8, 2006 11:05 AM

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Could anyone save old George Jabez Benton? I've tried with Photoshop but can't seem to get it right.

spiderdan Mar 8, 2006 12:02 PM

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.

granthagen Mar 8, 2006 6:39 PM

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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.


granthagen Mar 8, 2006 7:38 PM

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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.


creeduk Mar 9, 2006 11:02 AM

Nice work on the second version, came out looking good.

spiderdan Mar 9, 2006 11:38 AM

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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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