in critical areas
(faces) are fixed, simple backgrounds can be suppressed or altered, and
all-but-lost detail is recovered. Specks as well as smaller
scratches and imperfections are removed,
as well as background areas, so that the image speaks well when
enlarged. Some flash pictures can be made to look
naturally-lighted. If you have several similar poses, and
smile is great in one but the eyes are shut there (but not in the next
one), then we can do eye transplants (or worse, as in example
To line up
photos side-by-side, just drag the browser window wider.
Dog's cute, but the kid's eyes are closed. Kid's OK, but
somebody better talk to the dog.
The solution is a Head Transfer. This is a mid-range
because the photos themselves need little work, other than
color-correction for the greenish fluorescent lighting.
Why send out standard clipart like this on the family newsletter?
You can find things of your own more beautiful than
commercial clipart on a quick look through your own photos.
With either a file and a print from me, you can compose a letter either
electronically or by cutting and pasting real paper.
Restoring this faded print was a mid-range restoration job,
because the problem had gone beyond a loss of color balance.
Around the neckline, the clothing was barely discernable.
Restoring this old flash picture from a Kodachrome slide
was a mid-range task, because hardly more than the person's outline
could be gleaned from the original. So the
outline of the person (her figure) is photographically
correct, but the body itself is largely a re-creation.
Any published photo will be "half-tone screened".
half-tone dots are not just an annoying distraction. They
make it impossible to re-use (publish) that image on either a Webpage
or in a new printed document. The new document's half-tone
screening, or the pixels of any monitor used to present a Webpage, will
interact with the old dot pattern. Of course, the two
are never identical in any way. The result is moire fringes
times more horrible than the original dots. They can look
curtain folds across the photo.
Everyone's solution to this problem is blurring. But there
better ways than smearing the image until the dots are smudged out.
transform of the image and filtering in the frequency domain
can remove the dots' periodicity without reducing other high spatial
frequency content (i.e., fine details) in the image. Spatial resolution is not reduced. Fast
Fourier Transform technology is compute-intensive, but
it gets out the "dottiness" without removing the sharpness of
Half-tone removal by Fourier filtering is the best way to
recover the image of a family member who made it into the newspapers
(hopefully for deeds entirely honorable).
Black-and-white half-tone removal is only a Basic
Half-tone removal of color images is a Mid-Range job.
The severe loss of modeling -- the face has faded out to almost "flat"
-- made this more than a Basic Restoration, but the badly
faded facial image had nothing missing or cut by a crease, and so no miracles were needed.
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