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Part of the reason why I enjoy scanning old photos is having the opportunity to play around with them -- touch up dust spots, minimize creases and stains, draw goatees on people I don't like ...well, you get the idea. Today my sister sent me a few dozen photos our cousin had scanned and two were earmarked as ones that had been chosen to go in the booklet for Grandma's memorial service. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to see what I could do with them before they went to printing.

Before-and-after samples:


Family stories have Grandma around four years old in this photo. There's a framed enlargement of the rather battered original, spots and all, at her home in Los Angeles.


I think Grandma's in her mid-teens in this photo. I hadn't seen this one before today, but she looks about the same age in it as photos I have seen of her between ages 14-16.

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redqueenofevil
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
Nice work! There are some piccies I want to do, and may ask for pointers from you in the future. Looks good!

Btw, you going to the service?
angelpez
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh my! She looks like a movie star in that second picture. Stunning!
karaksindru
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Very nice work.. I'm impresseed :)
blythewater
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
very, very nice retouching! you're a pro. and your Grandma is beautiful!
greeneyed_devil
Apr. 19th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
You did an awesome job! I love the first, so cute!
gamahucheur
Apr. 19th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
Hypothetical:

Someone whom you don't like has a goatee, a unibrow, and two black eyes (from an unsucessful attempt at purse snatching).

Now what?
oddharmonic
Apr. 19th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Groucho glasses, horns, cloned extras of things that come in pairs...

I am easily amused.
gamahucheur
Apr. 19th, 2006 09:35 am (UTC)
Very nice!

How are the voids generally filled? with a graduated blend?
oddharmonic
Apr. 19th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
I use a non-aligned clone brush tool and then gently blend the edges either with the clone brush at a lower opacity or with the healing brush. I fill in smaller gaps pretty much the same way, only with the brush set to a smaller pixel size.

I would like to learn non-digital techniques for repairing photographs someday.
pallid_regina
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
OMG, gorgeous pictures!
techno1992
Apr. 19th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
These are astonishing--way to go!
ekdogg
Apr. 19th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Jesus - you have some serious skills.
lenabud
Apr. 19th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, you did a great job. Send some talent my way.:)
saarlander
Apr. 20th, 2006 07:43 am (UTC)
Nice work on those photos.
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