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This workshop is part of the Graphics Lab, a project aimed at picture retouching to improve the graphical content of the Wikimedia projects. More information about the lab can be found on its main page and requests pages (Illustrations ; Photographs ; Maps ; Video and Sound). To ask questions or make a suggestions, see the talk page of the graphic lab page.

This specific page is the requests page for the Photography Workshop. Anyone can make a request for a photograph to be improved. The standard format for making a request is shown below, along with general advice, and should be followed.

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Blur background of previous revision[edit]

Article(s): q:Margaret Thatcher

Please blur background of this revision of the file above, overwriting said file. --AlbanGeller (talk) 19:48, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done PawełMM (talk) 06:07, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

@PawełMM: There is a hard edge around the blur that looks really bad. Please fix this, as it currently looks like Thatcher has been cut out of a magazine with scissors and pasted on another background. AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 00:04, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Overexposed white church facade, FP candidate[edit]

Article(s): en:Church of the Intercession of the Nerl

?overexposed facade ?noisy sky
Hi a few wikigraphists have helped with this one, I nominated it for FP. One person replied "Very peaceful, but the white of the church looks overexposed, attenuating the view of details of the facade, and there's more noise than I prefer, especially evident in the sky. I don't think this is an FP, at least not yet." Was hoping to see if anyone was able to play around with it a little more see how we go? Thanks!----E.3 (Talk). 14:39, 21 April 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
@E.3: Because nobody answered in over a month, I'll try to give an answer. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Unfortunately overexposed means lost. The parts of the facade that are overexposed are just white. The structure that was there is lost and cannot be brought back. Unless it is a camera model that can store raw images and you still have that raw image there is nothing that can be done. Noise reduction should be possible. --Andreas Stiasny (talk) 11:08, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

Empress Farah[edit]

Article(s): Farah Pahlavi

This historic image of Empress Farah needs Restoration and has so much potential for improvements for FP and if possible image size to increase. Gnosis (talk) 07:02, 27 May 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
@Gnosis: I found and uploaded a larger version of it.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 07:33, 27 May 2019 (UTC)
@Jeff G., Adam Cuerden: That's great, thank you! I would like to nominate this picture for FP, but I believe picture needs some restoration, can you also help with this regard? Thanks! --Gnosis (talk) 07:41, 27 May 2019 (UTC)
@Gnosis: No, sorry.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 08:10, 27 May 2019 (UTC)
@Gnosis: In my opinion, there is nothing to do here. PawełMM (talk) 08:31, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

Photos with transparent background[edit]

Article(s): [[]]

These are my own photos, and I think I want a version that removes the background.--Thyj (talk) 12:04, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done, jpg does not support transparency. PawełMM (talk) 17:01, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

Please upload new files, not overwrite it.--Thyj (talk) 02:35, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
It's certainly not a good idea to overwrite originals, which is by the way contrary to our official guidelines. This is well known, but hardly anyone wants to follow the rules. To make matters worse, quickness seems to be more important than improofing quality. MagentaGreen (talk) 05:37, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
@Thyj: Done as requested. PawełMM (talk) 07:10, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

watermark removal[edit]

Article(s): en:Bolinas Lagoon

Could the watermark be removed, please? Thanks. --DS (talk) 18:21, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done PawełMM (talk) 19:38, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

In many cases, a watermark was created with a semitransparent layer containing light or dark text. With a mask as close to the font as possible, we can often remove the watermark applying basic techniques such as dodging and burning. This has the advantage that the clone stamp or a similar tool barely needs to be used. The result may be less destructive and closer to the original. Useless saying this approach is also a good reason not to overwrite originals. MagentaGreen (talk) 12:26, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

@MagentaGreen, DragonflySixtyseven: Corrected as suggested by MagentaGreen. PawełMM (talk) 14:20, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Please improve image background[edit]

Article(s): Georgiana Burton Pittock draft

The background to the subject needs to be improved. Light background preferred. And anything else to touch up the image would be appreciated.

thx MauraWen (talk) 17:32, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s)

@MauraWen, don't be surprised! To reduce the moiré pattern, I downsized the image file. Regards, MagentaGreen (talk) 15:56, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

@MagentaGreen: Thank you! I didn't know the busy background is called, a "moiré pattern". I will remember that phrase for any future requests. MauraWen (talk) 16:26, 10 September 2019 (UTC)
@MauraWen: Please see en:Moiré pattern.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:34, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Mrs. James Callaghan[edit]

Article(s): en:Audrey Callaghan

Please capture a head and chest shot of the third person from the left. --Neveselbert (talk) 18:28, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

@Neveselbert: ✓ Done.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 14:59, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

@Jeff G.: Sorry for not being clear enough, but can you recrop it so that it looks like a portrait photograph? Thanks. Neveselbert (talk) 16:05, 10 September 2019 (UTC)
@Neveselbert: Better? I plan to improve the brightness & contrast this evening EDT.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 16:15, 10 September 2019 (UTC)
@Neveselbert: Improved.   — Jeff G. please ping or talk to me 05:42, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

Colouring of photo[edit]

Article(s): en:List of longest-serving ministers in Indonesia

Please colorize the face of this person. You can [1] use this as a review for his skin color. Please overwrite the file.--Jeromi Mikhael (talk) 05:54, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done – Sorry @Jeromi Mikhael, I very rarely overwrite a file. MagentaGreen (talk) 08:34, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

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Uploading two properly cropped, higher quality versions of some Houston photos[edit]

Article(s): Houston series of articles

Would anyone be interested in uploading the higher res, properly cropped versions of the photos above? The two cropped versions don't seem to be the highest res possible.

Thanks, --WhisperToMe (talk) 22:17, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done For the Rice Hotel image it seems the uploader of the low res image not only used a lower resolution but also applied some sort of filter. I'm not sure what the purpose of that file is, but a higher res crop already exists and is being used. For the Rice institue image, I did as you suggested and recropped and rotated the image using the previous high resolution upload. Auguel (talk) 00:27, 24 September 2019 (UTC)

Making processed cropped scans of pages of Armenian national constitution[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved

See Category:Armenian National Constitution raw unprocessed scans

Article(s): en:Armenian National Constitution

Please process the scans so each page is cleanly its own image. That way they can be converted into a high quality PDF which may be used at the Armenian wikisource --WhisperToMe (talk) 00:46, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
  • I may do this later (unless someone else does it first). Meanwhile, I have reuploaded the raw scans in full resolution as available in the source. Auguel (talk) 20:07, 24 September 2019 (UTC)
  • @WhisperToMe: I could do a few, but I don't really want to do them all. I assume you only want them rotated and cropped, no contrast enhancement/desaturation/etc? - Alexis Jazz ping plz 02:52, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
I found there are programs that do this including OCR and PDF output, but I can't get it to work. It'll be better if someone does that instead of extracting all these by hand. - Alexis Jazz ping plz 03:39, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
@Alexis Jazz: Just rotated and cropped are fine! I don't have access to the original documents in London. WhisperToMe (talk) 06:05, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

Removal of blue colour cast[edit]

Article(s): de:Jagdfarm

I was unable to get rid of this blue colour cast. Making it look more natural would be nice, as there aren't that many good pictures showing the processing of game animals in Namibia / Africa in general. --Tilon3 (talk) 16:08, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done PawełMM (talk) 12:28, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Thanks @PawełMM. Aren't those blue areas removable (I'm asking since I tried myself and had problems with those, too)? --Tilon3 (talk) 11:27, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
@Tilon3: The blue color comes from the reflection of the sky in spilled water. I tried to weaken the blue component a little more. However, this cannot be done completely. The picture would then look unnatural. PawełMM (talk) 13:40, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
OK, got it. --Tilon3 (talk) 13:59, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
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Removing background photo[edit]

Article(s): No article as of now, but may be interesting to illustrate history of fare boxes.

Please remove background photo. It's not easy to find out its copyrights status and impossible to take photo of utilitarian object (fare box) separately. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 20:27, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done PawełMM (talk) 08:26, 29 September 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for help! I deleted originals. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:23, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
Hey @EugeneZelenko, what are you doing? According to our "guidelines for overwriting existing files" the deletion is much worse, don't you think so?
MagentaGreen (talk) 14:37, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
I intended to delete originals from beginning. Please read request description for reason. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:40, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
That doesn't matter and is not a proper justification! The guideline should be clear to you, because you are a Bureaucrat and not only a little unknowing Admin. Shame on you, you are abusing your position! MagentaGreen (talk) 14:56, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
Due to the likely issues with the background images, COM:PCP requires that they be deleted. If the files had been overwritten, their previous versions would have been deleted. --AntiCompositeNumber (talk) 02:26, 3 October 2019 (UTC)
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Benvingut Socias i Mercadé[edit]

Article(s): ca:Benvingut Socias i Mercadé, de:Benvingut Socias i Mercadé

Can we download or copy an old foto from 1896 of Catalan organist, pianist, composer Benvingut Socias i Mercadé to Commons. For example from [Benvingut Socias in 1896]. Is this possible by rights? At the moment there are two artcicles of this person at WP (->ca and ->de) Thank you in advance for your answer. --Angelina2020 (talk) 10:58, 6 October 2019 (UTC) from German WP
Graphist opinion(s)
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Broken thumbnail[edit]

Article(s): [[]]

Broken thumbnail, please fix. --Jeromi Mikhael (talk) 14:46, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

Crop and cleanup File:Dana Plato's official death certificate.jpg[edit]

Article(s): fr:Dana Plato

See COM:VPC#File:Dana Plato's official death certificate.jpg for reference, but basically looking for someone to crop out the content info added to the bottom of this file and also black out the "Social security" number (item #4 on the death certificate). Licensing should also be changed to {{PD-ineligible}} --Marchjuly (talk) 01:40, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)
  • ✓ Done - I'm not sure if you want to request an admin to rev-delete the old revision - I'll leave that to you. -- Begoon 03:10, 8 October 2019 (UTC)


Article(s): fa:حمام قجر

Please blur derivative works (look at the annotations). --Hanooz 06:23, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

✓ Done PawełMM (talk) 07:19, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

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Dust spot[edit]

Article(s): fa:سازه‌های آبی شوشتر

Please remove dust spots in the sky per Special:Diff/369929792. --Hanooz 07:50, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

The #2 done. PawełMM (talk) 13:51, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

PawełMM - take another look at your masking on the first one... -- Begoon 13:24, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
Begoon Thank you. I reverted my image editing to its original state. PawełMM (talk) 13:56, 9 October 2019‎ (UTC)
I didn't think the original was too bad, so I've uploaded a version with just what I thought were the worst spots touched up. Feel free to revert if you don't like it, or don't think it goes far enough. -- Begoon 14:28, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
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Stone pines La Brena[edit]


I tried to enhance this pic; however the results did not satisfy me. The barks in the foreground are too dark, the sky looks whitish, the foliage is not green enough. Nevertheless, a colder looking image is not suitable for the pic, in my opinion. Could you help me to get a better balanced image?--Carnby (talk) 11:20, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Graphist opinion(s)

@Carnby: I tried to improve. PawełMM (talk) 14:19, 14 October 2019 (UTC)