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gordie
March 1st, 2007, 01:49 PM
I am in desperate need of some help in restoring an old photo of my parents. My pecious mother passed away on Feburary 9th and we want to put a picture of them together when they were young on the tombstone. I have an old photo that I am working on, but not doing a very good job.

I feel overwhelmed and would so appreciate some help with this.

Can someone please explain to me how I post my picture?

Mary Bastida

ChristineV
March 1st, 2007, 02:04 PM
Mary,

you can upload your picture here : www.pixentral.com

Then copy and paste the 2nd url (where it says Forum) and post it in a message here.

I am sure there are alot of people here that would love to help you including me.

Christine

kimi_boo
March 1st, 2007, 02:04 PM
Mary, post your image to Pixentral

http://www.pixentral.com/index.php

look under the picture and copy the address in the box that says Forum.
then paste the address into your post.

gordie
March 1st, 2007, 02:28 PM
Gosh I hope I did this right.

Hopefully this picure can be accessed.

This is the original:

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1abyDFNSpGjFr2Vb5UTJn0GAVtUXR1_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1abyDFNSpGjFr2Vb5UTJn0GAVtUXR1)


This is what I have been working on.
http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1LslvSUzlD4DGDMdwXIUN3VnZdidZ_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1LslvSUzlD4DGDMdwXIUN3VnZdidZ)

I tried to send as PSD then realized that it has to be sent as JPEG.

This is a real mess; hopefully someone can help to improve my mess.

Thank you so very much
mary

Pauline
March 1st, 2007, 03:15 PM
First off are you using the whole picture or just their heads? If you were just going to use their heads I would suggest cropping to a nice oval to start. The rest is a matter of getting out the clone tool and taking your time to clear up the photo. It's time consuming but you can get very good results.

msbrad
March 1st, 2007, 03:16 PM
Hi Mary,
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
I think you are off to a wonderful start, just not finished yet.
When I open the photo you've worked on, it looks to me as though there still is need for more cloning, and/or the healing brush. Do small, source selections.
There are many folks here way beyond me in this dept. By chance to you have Matt's new book or the one by Barbara Brundage? Both have excellent steps to follow.
m

CarolLHB
March 1st, 2007, 03:17 PM
Mary-I'm sorry for your loss. Of course we'll help. How do you feel about cropping the photo?

gordie
March 1st, 2007, 03:35 PM
Mary-I'm sorry for your loss. Of course we'll help. How do you feel about cropping the photo?

Thank you, cropping would be fine. I was going for full shot, but head shots would be good.

It seems the more I work on it the worse it gets.

Also, dear Mrbrad, Yes I do have those manuals, I got them as xmas gifts; forgot I had them.

JulieM
March 1st, 2007, 03:48 PM
Mary: I can't help with the photo but just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. Your mother was beautiful...

msbrad
March 1st, 2007, 04:13 PM
Keep us posted, we'll get you through.
m

gordie
March 1st, 2007, 05:34 PM
Keep us posted, we'll get you through.
m

OK, this is what I have so far. I have tried to sharpen the image and maybe I sharpened to much; or it may be impossible to try to get a clearer image of this "tried to restore" photol

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1AeYWshyX19Dyiq0hEvgkz8KnAtI0_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1AeYWshyX19Dyiq0hEvgkz8KnAtI0)

Would appreciate any suggestions?

Mary

gordie
March 1st, 2007, 05:46 PM
here is one with slight coloration.

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1e9KD9IaXkJoJ78LieRWCOJxxobga_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1e9KD9IaXkJoJ78LieRWCOJxxobga)

Mary

Galiano
March 1st, 2007, 06:55 PM
Mary -

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1sDQbwzGopELWaRNTIXDbG1KPGugYi_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1sDQbwzGopELWaRNTIXDbG1KPGugYi)

In the larger photo, I thought that there was perhaps too much distracting information, so I cropped it to give you an idea of what that might look like. It is a wonderful photo of your parents. I particularly love their hands together! I straightened it a little first, cloned out the spots, and adjusted the levels. I did not have much luck trying to sharpen it.

Cheers,
Helen

gordie
March 1st, 2007, 07:20 PM
Mary -

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1sDQbwzGopELWaRNTIXDbG1KPGugYi_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1sDQbwzGopELWaRNTIXDbG1KPGugYi)

In the larger photo, I thought that there was perhaps too much distracting information, so I cropped it to give you an idea of what that might look like. It is a wonderful photo of your parents. I particularly love their hands together! I straightened it a little first, cloned out the spots, and adjusted the levels. I did not have much luck trying to sharpen it.

Cheers,
Helen

Thank you that looks good.

Is there anyway that I can access the photo and work with it?

I tried posting the link in an e-mail to myself, but the photo opens with pixentral logo. Is there an easy way to access your copy, or is this not allowed.

Mary

GaryK
March 1st, 2007, 07:34 PM
Hi Mary

So sorry for your loss.

If you click on the photo it will take yu to the larger version at pixentral. All I do from there is right click on the photo and hit copy.. then in elements go to file>new>from clipboard.

Remember though that yours was a jpeg, that was opened, worked on and resaved as a jpeg, so the quality will be dropping with each resave.

lindajay
March 1st, 2007, 07:46 PM
Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss. I love the picture of your parents. They look very much in love :) When you scanned the photo, did you do it at the highest resolution you could? If you are going to crop, you'll really need as many pixels to work with as possible. I do like the oval-shaped crop on this photo.

gordie
March 1st, 2007, 08:04 PM
Mary, I'm so sorry for your loss. I love the picture of your parents. They look very much in love :) When you scanned the photo, did you do it at the highest resolution you could? If you are going to crop, you'll really need as many pixels to work with as possible. I do like the oval-shaped crop on this photo.

Dear Linda and Gary

Thank you for the information. I have learned so much in just this one day.

The photo was taken in the early 1950. I think mom and dad were in their 30's. Mom passed away on the 9th and she was 85.

I think I scanned it at the highest resolution.

With deepest appreciation,

Mary

ME100FINN
March 2nd, 2007, 12:06 PM
Here's my touch up of the 600x? file that was posted. I like b&w and soft focus with a bit of noise.

http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1bgeFme1W36prv0jDx1HY8tWnUbLd0_thumb.jpg (http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1bgeFme1W36prv0jDx1HY8tWnUbLd0)

p.s. I myself prefer the full body shot to capture the style and feeling of their entire body language.

gordie
March 2nd, 2007, 12:36 PM
Beatrice,

That looks real good.

Thank you so much,

Mary