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Glenn Sharp

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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:24 am

Date imprint removal from photographs

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I've taken a load of photos of my mates wedding but stupidly forgot to take the date imprint off them...................is there a 'magic' way of removing the date or is it a case of tediously going through them all and cloning or retouching them?
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:29 am

could you not crop them glen? thats if the date is in the bottom corner :D
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:39 am

I'll get away with cropping them on some of them Nic but there's a fair few that have got the date running through legs and dresses on the group shots..


I can't bloody believe I forgot to take the imprint off (hot)
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:45 am

Glenn Sharp wrote:I'll get away with cropping them on some of them Nic but there's a fair few that have got the date running through legs and dresses on the group shots..


oops :o take it you'll be busy this weekend then :lol1:
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:48 am

That's not so bad Glen.

Many years ago my sister had a low key wedding. Her new husband used his own expensive SLR camera to take all the wedding pictures - a few weeks later when I asked them if I could see their wedding pictures he admitted he had forgotten to put any film in the camera :-?
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:53 am

Maybe you have looked at these
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/digita ... date_7.htm

Not sure how this one works Glenn but it has a 'batch option'
http://www.softorbits.com/photo-stamp-remover/


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Glenn Sharp

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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:05 am

Phill wrote:That's not so bad Glen.

Many years ago my sister had a low key wedding. Her new husband used his own expensive SLR camera to take all the wedding pictures - a few weeks later when I asked them if I could see their wedding pictures he admitted he had forgotten to put any film in the camera :-?





:D ...Oh dear


Thanks Harry......I'd actually just downloaded the 30 day trial of the softbits one..................It worked ok but it doesn't allow me to save the changes anyway



ah well......................best get used to photoshop cloning then :(
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:01 am

The Softorbits one looks good.

It says that it will remove watermarks as well, so that blows one artwork protection theory. :D
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:25 am

Hi

I think it should be possible if you took the pictures in 'raw' format as opposed to JPEG.... you probably didn't though, but at least it's a possibility...

Ian :lol1:
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:37 pm

If you are going to make the changes in Photoshop use the healing brush as well as the clone tool, make sure to save the file first as a psd file, then do the alterations, when everything is as perfect as you can get then do a save as and save with a new jpeg name. That way you can go back to the psd file and make other changes without loss of quality in the final image. Every time you re-save a jpeg it reduces it's size (in pixels), and consequently, its quality.
Ian, I can't see how saving as a RAW file would make any difference.
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Post Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:31 pm

Thanks for that Steve
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Post Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:46 am

Your probably right Steve, just thought that since you can access and alter all the different original settings on a raw file then perhaps the date stamp might be held in a separate alterable 'box' too.

Ian :lol1:
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Post Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:52 am

Thinking again (dangerous for me, prob just as daft), when you take the pic the date and time stamp is not set to display, i.e. the pic is say a JPEG, you then tell camera to put date & time on it, overlaid on top with another file type.

Can you not just go back to original file in camera and download image without date & time stamp?

Ian :lol1:
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Post Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:29 pm

I've tried that Ian but it makes no difference...


Obviously it is my fault I didn't change the setting but it is annoying that while the images are still in the camera's memory that you can't switch it off
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Post Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:35 pm

Sorry Glenn, meant to post this yesterday....I have the same issue (hence my interest in how you get on) and asked on another forum of photographers. One of the members suggested having a look at this software. Haven't had a chance to try my own on it yet.

http://exifremover.com/index.php
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Post Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:14 pm

I've just given that a go Harry.....Thanks

Unfortunately, unless I'm missing something it didn't remove the imprinted date

I don't understand what the EXIF information is but I think it might just be the background information that is stored for each photo taken...i.e.....camera model, resolution, etc etc



I've managed to crop a fair few of them and I'm just waiting for the newlyweds to tell me which ones they want (there were 4 or 5 people all taking similar pictures) so it isn't the end of the world


I've been playing about in corel photopaint with the clone tool and in all honesty the results are very good


lesson learnt though :-?

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