Grainy Photo enlargement

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Alwyn Williams, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. I'm having a few problems with a photograph that's been taken with a very
    cheap 35mm camera. Basically it's very grainy, the definition is poor and
    the subjects (my two neices) have really bad red eye. I'm trying to crop the
    subjects from the centre of the photo & enlarge to approx 8 x 6.

    Gausian blur doesn't help & all I seem to be able to do is use various
    filters to end up with what looks like an oil painting which isn't really
    what my brother in law wants.

    I'm also having problems with the red eye tool. The eyes really are very red
    & I just don't seem to be able to get the correct colours - blue & brown.

    Can anyone make any suggestions or point me to any tutorials.

    Alwyn Williams, Dec 4, 2003
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  2. Alwyn Williams

    Guest Guest

    Run something like NeatImage on it ( to get rid of
    the grain and then do you other manipulations.

    Guest, Dec 4, 2003
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  3. Alwyn Williams

    RTo2 Guest

    With the redeye just select the eyes and copy to a new layer
    then run hue/saturation on it to remove the redeye.
    RTo2, Dec 5, 2003
  4. Alwyn Williams

    Tom Nelson Guest

    This sounds like a situation in which any significant improvement will
    look obviously retouched. Nevertheless, here are a couple of
    1. If the color variation of the film grain is objectionable, convert
    to Lab mode and blur the a and b channels by about a pixel. They
    contain all the color information and none of the detail (i.e.the
    2. Back in RGB you can use the Blur tool to blur the larger areas with
    no detail, leaving the details grainy. IOW, blur the cheeks but leave
    the eyes, nose & mouth grainy. You can be much more precise about this
    by hand than you can using selections...but it takes longer. The result
    will look retouched but might be better than nothing.
    3. I haven't used CS's red eye tool yet but here's a hand method that
    might work:
    a. Use the Sponge tool in desaturate mode, flow=100%. Size it to just
    cover the red. Click repeatedly until the red eye is now grey eye.
    b. The black of the pupils is now a medium or dark gray. Use the Burn
    tool set to Midtones, flow about 50%. Click repeatedly til the pupils
    look right. Note that the tool doesn't affect highlights in the eyes.
    c. If the iris is the wrong color, you can use the Sponge tool in
    saturate mode to bring back color, or the Brush tool in color mode to
    arbitrarily add color.

    I hope your brother-in-law appreciates your effort!
    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
    Tom Nelson, Dec 5, 2003
  5. Maybe he'd appreciate a new camera more...?

    James Gifford, Dec 5, 2003
  6. Thanks for the suggestions. It's finally looking good.
    Alwyn Williams, Dec 8, 2003
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