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S.E. Ball
Cleaning Up Vintage Headlines
on Aug 6, 2006 at 10:32:51 pm

I'm editing a documentary that takes place in the 1920's.
Many of the 100 or so headlines that I need to use in the
doc (Final Cut Pro 4.5 HD) are heavily degraded.
Using the clone tool, one document can take an hour of clean up.

Does anyone have a quick way to mask out the mess and leave just
the headline?

I'm not familiar with how to do it, but I recall that there's
a way to use the luma channel????????????

Is there a way to attach a sample of a degraded headline here?

HELP!!!!!!!

Thnx.
Sherwood



G5 Dual 2.5 GHz
4G Ram OSX4.6
Sata drives
Final Cut Pro 4.5HD, Logic Audio 7.1
PS CS2, AE CS2



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Richard Harrington
Re: Cleaning Up Vintage Headlines
on Aug 7, 2006 at 1:15:52 am

Suggest folowing

1. Strip color out by desaturating
2. Run a Levels adjsutment and force the back and whites
3. Smart Sharpen the image
4. Use a Hue/Saturation adjustment Layer to Colorize image back to sepia tint (you can reuse the laer on multiple headlines to make them consistent.



Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, and ATS:iWork


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S.E. Ball
Re: Cleaning Up Vintage Headlines
on Aug 7, 2006 at 5:39:29 pm

Thanks for that posting.
I wish I could attach a sample here.

Many of the headlines have been captured from microfilm on
old riketty library machines outputting to cruddy printers.

There's a varied gradient of dark shading, dirt, etc.
Sometimes the surrounding b/g is almost as dark as the headline.

I wish I could just key out the headlines.
I just don't know how to do that.
I only have a basic knowledge of keying.

Does anyone know of an alternate process????
Thnx,
Sherwood

G5 Dual 2.5 GHz
4G Ram OSX4.6
Sata drives
Final Cut Pro 4.5HD, Logic Audio 7.1
PS CS2, AE CS2



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Richard Harrington
Re: Cleaning Up Vintage Headlines
on Aug 7, 2006 at 11:09:00 pm

Run a LEVELS adjustment or use Select Color Range and adjust...

stop looking for a one click fix and use this as the motivaton you need to learn the basic of Photoshop and how to color correct or repair an iamge...


What you are trying to do is NOT hard and not time consuming.

Look at PhotoshopforVideo for some downloadable videos... subscribe to podcast etc.

We do this ALL the time working on documentaries... if you are TRULY at your limit and out of time... OUTSOURCE and still learn how for the future.

Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, and ATS:iWork


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S.E. Ball
Re: Cleaning Up Vintage Headlines
on Aug 8, 2006 at 5:55:44 pm

Paging Dr. Harrington......

Thanks, Richard.
I'll calm down a bit.
I already do the level adjustment, contrast, etc.

Outsourcing would be ideal.

I am enjoying the learning process.
I have clicked on some of your links but on my Mac the links
were dead. Could have been the server that I'm hooked up with,
Adelphia. I'll check again.

Sherwood


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Richard Harrington
Re: Cleaning Up Vintage Headlines
on Aug 8, 2006 at 6:07:14 pm

Be sure you get movies from this link

http://www.photoshopforvideo.com/tutorials/movies/movies.html


all worked when I just tested


As far as outsourcing.. email me a sample... low res... and details.. we can give you a quote


Richard M. Harrington, PMP

Author: Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors, Understanding Adobe Photoshop, and ATS:iWork


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