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Padsnbon Jul 1, 2006 5:27 PM

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I have two pictures, obviously not digital :lol:that need some expert touches. The first is of my husband's great grandparents. It is the only picture we have of them and this has been scanned from the original which is back with its owner in Southern Ireland.

Any advice on how to improve it, or go ahead yourself, would be most appreciated.

Walter C Jul 1, 2006 10:00 PM

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I'm certainly no expert at Photoshop, having only recently purchased it. I did try some things with your picture with the following result.

fofa Jul 2, 2006 10:53 PM

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Ok, here is my stabe at it with PE4. I found the more you remove, the more pixelated it appears?

selvin Jul 3, 2006 2:03 AM


The image you posted is a relatively low resolution image. 615x939 pixels. This makes restoration an even greater challenge. Do you have a version that is of higher resolution? You could perhaps e-mail this to posters willing to assist you in restoring this photo.

In any event take a look at this fairly quick and dirty restoration using Photoshop Elements. Took approx half hour. The lady's eyes need some more work as well as the writing in the lower right. Aloha

Padsnbon Jul 3, 2006 11:58 AM

Thanks for all your help. Unfortunately the picture was in our possession for only a day and we were on holiday in Ireland when it was given to us. The only way to get it copied was the local IT/Computer thats the best I could get it.

belgian pie Jul 7, 2006 8:47 PM

I took a shot at it too, hope you like it ... just click on the thumbnail and you'll be taken to the real size pic

belgian pie Jul 7, 2006 10:58 PM

Took it a little further

belgian pie Jul 10, 2006 12:01 AM

One more try

cwodave Jul 10, 2006 1:46 PM

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I used PSP-X to clean this up some. It will take a lot of cloning/scratch removal and then I use digital noise removal a couple of times during the process. I desaturated the whole pic to make it a little easier to work on then at the end I added the sepia tone to give it back some of it's age.

I've restored quite a few of my own old pictures and it can take a lot of time on each picture. I found the clone tool to be of the most value.

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