Great job on the restoration and all, but one flaw I found to catch my eye right away was the rough-cut of the man. The DOF blur is not there anymore and the pic now looks weird with those hard edges where everything is clearly supposed to be blurred. Keep an eye of those sharp-cuts and you'll be OK
That's a great job! I'm just wondering... What did you use to do it? Mouse or tablet, Photoshop or another program? I'm working on my own photo restoration for my grandparents, and so far the mouse has become my worst enemy while Photoshop's being really uncooperative.
I did those in Photoshop Elements 'casue that's what my mom has on her PC at her store, at home I normally work in PS7 and PSP8. I did use a tablet, I actually had just gotten a wacom intuos just before I started those, and it definately beats a mouse any day for control over what you are doing, not to mention no more hand cramps hehe.
I don't know anything about the techniques you are using, but I would like to offer one little tip. Try and use the smudge tool as little as possible when doing a photo restore. For cracks and dust etc, try and stick to the clone and heal brushes as much as possible or else you will end up loosing the inherent graniness of the photo.
I am going to keep all that in mind. I'll probably get a tablet this weekend and play with it until I get the feel.
I've definitely stayed away from the smudge tool and stuck with the clone and heal brushes, but the work I have to do on my grandpa's face in the photo is pretty tricky. I don't know where to pick my colors and textures up from because most of it is covered with mold. ( ) Hopefully with the tablet I'll be able to make those corrections a little more easily.
Thanks so much for the tips! I really appreciate it!