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Posted: 12/3/2007 10:41:12 AM EDT
It is a really simple task, and whom ever does it, it may take 10 minutes of your day. I would do it myself, but I no longer have photoshop on my computer.

My fiance's uncle is a Vietnam veteran. He has lots of stories about the horrors of war, and he shares them with me because I am one of the few who has intrest enough to listen

Anyhow, the task I need help with is to photoshop the imperfections out of this picture. It is the one and only picture of Sonny in country. He said they had stopped for a short break, and one of his group snapped this pic. He is wanting me to have him a few 5x7s made.

It would really make his day, and I would greatly appreciate any help that any of you masterful photoshop guys could give me. The pic, and also a link to it is below. If you PM me, I can give you my email to send it to me, or you can put it back up here, just try and keep the size large though.

I am of to college now, but I will be back in a few hours.

Sonny is the guy in the front of the photo.

Direct link to pic

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:43:40 AM EDT
I dont know photoshop or have it, but tell your soon to be Uncle, Thanks
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:54:44 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:57:53 AM EDT
IM Sent
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:58:31 AM EDT
I'm not a wizard with Photoshop but I'll try to give it a shot when I get home from work.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 10:59:54 AM EDT
Tag for shopped pic. Curious to see how it turns out.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:02:56 AM EDT
tag for shopped pic.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:03:23 AM EDT
im pretty good at this stuff ill try it out when i get home taged
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:11:35 AM EDT
TAG for pending photoshop mastery!!!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:12:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:12:50 AM EDT
Tell him we here at ARFCOM would like to say Thank You and Welcome Home.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:12:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:13:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GR8TWYT:
TAG for pending photoshop mastery!!!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:13:54 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:23:41 AM EDT by WildBoar]
if you used to have photoshop, then you can download Gimpshop and use it.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:21:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:22:05 AM EDT by jrucker2004]
I don't claim to be a photoshop master by any means, but here's the best I could do in a few minutes:
If noone else comes up with a better one, I can work on it some more to get some of the smaller scratches out.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:23:50 AM EDT
big difference already. looks good!!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:26:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:28:49 AM EDT
Hey Silver-Gun_Superman,
Tell your uncle to be that we here at Arfcom appreciate his service to our country. And I for one would LOVE to hear his real life stories.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:29:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HK_Shooter_03:
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:30:40 AM EDT
Lookin' bettah already! Shouldn't be too tough to clean up the sky should it?
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:30:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:31:50 AM EDT by NoVaGator]
here's a quick and dirty:

(I'm not on a calibrated monitor, so I have no idea how accurate the color is)

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:32:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:32:39 AM EDT by TGMoore]
No one has gotten the circle (spilled liquid blob?) and horizontal scratch by the lead guys crotch.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:32:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:33:07 AM EDT by NevisRuprecht]
Here is a stab:

Possible to get a better scan?
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:34:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:34:58 AM EDT
Here's my try.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:41:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NevisRuprecht:
Here is a stab:


Possible to get a better scan?

Wow guys! I am still at school, I just decided to check in. I am amazed by all the support! All of you guys are just awesome! As for a better scan, that is as good as it gets. This pic is originally a 4x4. I told him That even though it would not size to fit a complete 5x7, that is the largest size to go with and still maintain clarity. I will be back on about 9pmEST tonight. I have a calc test to go take

Anyhow, Thank all of you again, and I will be sure to let him know how much everybody here appreciates his service, and how awesome all of you are to help!

I'll check back in shortly!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:43:14 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:43:25 AM EDT
Those all look a lot better.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:43:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 11:50:34 AM EDT by NoVaGator]
if someone has time to work with this....

the best way to fix the sky is to select the sky, feather it, and make a new layer via copy

then blur the new layer

then decrease the opacity of the new layer until it looks realistic

then use the spot healing brush on the more difficult spots
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 11:53:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
if someone has time to work with this....

the best way to fix the sky is to select the sky, feather it, and make a new layer via copy

then blur the new layer

then decrease the opacity of the new layer until it looks realistic

then use the spot healing brush on the more difficult spots

great tips, and great work by all the posters so far.

and thank your uncle for his service.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 12:12:57 PM EDT
Tag, going to work this tonigh with my buddy the Wacom tablet.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 4:36:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 5:37:12 PM EDT by airwing_jarhead]
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 4:47:30 PM EDT
That is a pretty darn good job! Aces.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:08:07 PM EDT
A big thanks to all you guys! I will let him pic the one he likes the best. I will show him the awesomeness of this site, although he does not know much about computers.

After I print it, I am going to specially frame him one up with a service pin and all. Of course, he does not know that yet.

He served in 69-70. He started out in the Big Red One, but was later transfered to the 101st when he arrived in Vietnam. He never earned his wings though.

He trained with the M-14, and wishes he would have been able to carry it rather than the M-16. He also carried the M-79 for awhile. He nicknamed it the "Pisstube", because he hated it. He finally suckered someone into taking over that duty.

I know for some time he was stationed out of Firebase Tomahawk. He saw quite a number of friends killed over there. The guy he was closest to that was KIA was a fellow by the name of Pastor Ruiz. He still has a cross that Ruiz made for him while they were over there.

Sonny has had a pretty rough life. He is a survivor though. He has had three heart-attacks and a triple bypass, but is still working.

I am going to see if he will write out some of his stories.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:10:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By airwing_jarhead:

Great Job !!
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:17:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Norge1956:

Originally Posted By airwing_jarhead:

Great Job !!

Damn Straight Brother.........

That looks great...........
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:20:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By airwing_jarhead:

not bad....but (not to be picky) you have to add noise/film grain back to the sky

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:25:40 PM EDT
Thanks for the Kudos guys, and Nova, I wasn't even thinking about the noise filter. I'll add the noise and post that one instead.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:27:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:30:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 5:33:16 PM EDT by fundummy]
Here ya go ... I worked on their faces and arms.
This is about the best I can do.

NoVaGator, Hope you don't mind, I used your photo to edit ..

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:46:19 PM EDT

Here ya go man.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 5:54:52 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 5:58:55 PM EDT by fyeguy]
The low res makes it difficult to work with... not enough data to avoid posterization.

Here's one try:

Here with a bit more weight:

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:01:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 6:12:33 PM EDT by charger0122]
i could do better but i aint got much time on the pc.or maybe some one could edit mine and make it better who knows.i tried to keep it original and take out all the bad stuff i could with a couple hours i could make it much better
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:08:10 PM EDT
If you can get to a Kinko's or know someone local with the original, scan it at a higher resolution.

There are some great examples posted above, but a higher resolution would yield a better print, and offer some artists more ability to work with it.

Either way I'm going to give it a shot tomorrow and see what I come up with, though I doubt I'll have much better than on here.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:08:57 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 6:11:15 PM EDT by BrandonB]
double tap
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:09:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 6:10:31 PM EDT by BrandonB]
triple tap
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:31:06 PM EDT
I apologize profusely for not being able to take more time- I gotta work. I'm not satisfied, but maybe someone that actually KNOWS what they are doing could do better.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:34:43 PM EDT
Why can't the OP get a higher rez scan? Take that photo to Kinkos to get it scanned.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:36:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 6:38:18 PM EDT by ToyCop]
I'm not as good as most of these guys, but I made a few variations, but left the edges a bit rough.

Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:43:59 PM EDT

Gotta leave it at that atm, have to sleep to shovel my car out tomorow morning (again!)
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 7:02:32 PM EDT

my first try

my second

best i could do!
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