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 Post subject: Old Family Photo. Any suggestions?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:07 am  (#1) 
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I have discovered a family photo from 1944. Grandfather; Grandmother; Uncle (left); Aunt; and my father (right).

The photo is not in very good condition. I think it was folded for a long time (assumed). Very fine minor scratches, a bit "washed out" and a touch "noisy".

I would appreciate any suggestions that you may have.

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 Post subject: Re: Old Family Photo. Any suggestions?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:42 am  (#2) 
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I feel your pain.

I would suggest duplicating the image layer and working on the copy. This would allow you to compare your work to the original simply by clicking the "eye" icon in the layer dialog to turn your copy off and on.

The fine scratches and minor folds can often be covered using the clone tool= :clone , blur tool= :blur , or smudge tool= :smudge

The big vertical crease will be the most time consuming, because you will have to literally rebuild the missing parts of the image, obviously. Use the eyedropper tool= :colpick to select colors from the image to use with the paintbrush= :brush and pencil :pencil and adjust the brush and pencil to a small diameter and zoom in so that you can put the colors in where you want them. Where the crease passes through background areas or zones of low detail, you could use the clone tool. Since the picture seems to be a bit fuzzy, you can use that to your advantage by blurring and smudging your repairs into the surrounding image.

I have a picture that is somewhat similar but worse. A section of the picture was torn off then taped back into place. My first go at it wasn't too bad, but when I went to try again the dried out cellotape gave way and the piece came loose. I won't try again until I can securely mount it to a backing material and line everything back up. I'm sure the heavy cardboard-type material the picture is printed on was great a hundred years ago, but it makes it difficult to properly align and scan.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:46 pm  (#3) 
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Ahh one thing we do we shouldn't is fold our pictures up and stuff them in our pockets! :)
This looks like a job for GIMP's clone, level, and curves tools.
You will need to take your time and go very slowly with this image.
Take areas that are bad that match areas that look okay and duplicate them as selections, like the girls eye and right cheek.Also the older mans right side can be duplicated from the left and flipped.

Make sure to create a duplicate of the image before working on it so you do not destroy the original.
Open the image in GIMP, duplicate the layer, and turn the original layer off (click the eye next to the layer)
Now work only on the duplicate. This way you can check to see your progress.

I did this with a lot of clones of opposite sides, and facial parts.
Work like this takes a lot of time, but it's well worth the effort. I love old pictures like this. :)

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Wow, Rod! That's great.

I ran the High Pass filter on it using the default values then set the high pass layer to Grain Merge. It sharpened it up a little. You can fiddle with the controls in the filter to change the results. Rod, you did all the hard work. The High Pass Filter was a quick click.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:20 pm  (#5) 
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Thanks O, i really like doing this kind of stuff. :)

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Hey Guys,

That looks great! Many, many, many thanx.

Did not expect you guys to do the work. (in less than a day!!! Impressed.)

Now the hard part. I would like to try this myself. Anyone feel up to a "step-by-step" procedure?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 4:37 pm  (#7) 
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the image is really washed out but strecth the contrast enhance all kind of artfacts

spending time on each images will be possible fix here i only try to recover at best the faces, bodies and BG would need a different approach (and so some masking may be needed )

anyway here my attempt for the faces :
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well 3 on 5 are good,in the the woman in the center most details were lost so looks weird,

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Johnno56 http://www.retouchpro.com specialises in this type of problem. Although I am a member I am not active there. The site has tutorials for photorestoration and this type of problem with old photos is covered extensively.
Although the site is not Gimp orientated , the methods used in the tutorials easily translate into Gimp methods.

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As i was saying before, doing this type of work takes a lot of time and dedication.
That one took me about 5 hours give or take. (and it still isn't really finished)
Make a pot of coffee and grab your GIMP
The best way to tackle an image like this is to look at the original and -
First grab the healing tool and go over the small imperfections
Next grab the clone tool for larger imperfections, and grab areas very close to the pixels you are going to cover.
Next see what can be duplicated and flipped. (the girls eye for instance)
I actually copied the left eye to another layer, and flipped it horizontally to get the other eye.
You should also pay attention to what features each person has, -- does the girl have her Dads lips? chin, cheekbones? Many of these things can be selected with the free select tool flipped and or rotated , and then re-colored to match with the curves, and level tools.
Many people do not realize when you open curves you can use the eyedropper in there to select a color on the image you want to re-color.Select it then just move the curve line to suit the color
(up is brighter and down is darker usually) - This type of touch-up works best on the layer with the selected part (before it's merged into another layer, like the original)

I should have kept the layer i merged so you could get an example of what i mean.
Oh well maybe next time. :)

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Simply awesome work! You did a pro-quality job, reconstructing the missing image pieces in the folded area. Kudos!!

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