Can this image be restored? Or, ...

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justapilgrim Regular Member • Posts: 112
Can this image be restored? Or, ...

...is it just too problematic?  Can you suggest a reasonably priced service that restores old images?  Thank you, John

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Jack Sofield Senior Member • Posts: 2,273
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I'll pass on this one.  Whoever restores this one, please keep a log of all you do it will be very instructive.

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Real cowboys never go out without a handbag.

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Ralph Ramirez Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
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Pixel, this edit is amazing.  How in the heck did you do it?  I didn't think it would be possible to get anything even close to what you came up with.  Fantastic!!!...............Ralph

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I second that comment from Ralph...incredible work and a credit to your skills....which you will no doubt share!!!!  PLEASE!!!!!

Superb

Best wishes

Ray

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benross Contributing Member • Posts: 936
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I tried to restore the colour. No success but lots of fun!

Pixel Poetry
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Thank you for the comments
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How it was done:

Used calculations on the red channel in overlay mode to increase contrast and copied the result and used it as a new layer.

Selected the stains and used a curve to lighten until they matched the surrounding areas.

Used an inverted highpass layer to soften the picture.

Used the stamp tool to restore detail.

Used the dust and scratches filter to remove some of the roughness.

Used a filter to remove noise.

Did a lot of dodge and burn to even out things (shapes).

That's it.

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Ralph Ramirez Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
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Thanks for the details Pixel.  Sounds easy but I know better.  I will use your technique to practice on this image when I have time.

Regards.............Ralph

Allen Gerdes Veteran Member • Posts: 5,576
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Excellent work, Pixel.  I cannot even come close to anything this good.

Regards....Allen

Jack Sofield Senior Member • Posts: 2,273
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Super job Pixel. I didn't even know where to begin on this one. Thanks for taking the time to share your expertise with us.

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chironNYC Senior Member • Posts: 1,851
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Pixel Poetry wrote:

Real cowboys never go out without a handbag.

Well, I guess this is pretty good, but at least you could have colorized it, rendered it in 3D, and then animated it into a 90 minute wide-screen movie directed by John Ford and co-starring John Wayne!!! ;-))

Truly an amazing restoration!!! How did you do it?

Chas
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Amazing! Just amazing...

Well done, Pixel, as usual!...  chas

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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,334
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ACR for contrast, darks and lights then converted to B&W; in CS6, used the clone tool, healing brush and cut/paste to repair; coloured mostly with gradient maps (soft light mode) and masks, touched up with a brush in colour mode; blended channels via Apply Image, NIK and Topaz filters on duplicate layers and applied selectively via masks; sharpening and texture.

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Jack Sofield Senior Member • Posts: 2,273
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Another excellent job Gary on a most difficult restoration.

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faith2 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,170
Re: Excellent Chris!!!!!!!

Pixel Poetry wrote:

Real cowboys never go out without a handbag.

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faith2 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,170
Re: Very nice edit Gary!!!! nt

Babine wrote:

ACR for contrast, darks and lights then converted to B&W; in CS6, used the clone tool, healing brush and cut/paste to repair; coloured mostly with gradient maps (soft light mode) and masks, touched up with a brush in colour mode; blended channels via Apply Image, NIK and Topaz filters on duplicate layers and applied selectively via masks; sharpening and texture.

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Ralph Ramirez Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Another amazing restoration, beautifully done

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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,334
Appreciated Jack. nt
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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,334
Cheers Lois. Thanks! nt.
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Babine Veteran Member • Posts: 6,334
Appreciate yur comments Ralph. Thanks. nt.
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