I need help removing popcorn texture from this old picture. I have tired some online apps and AI tools but they were not helpful. I know how to use adobe Photoshop a little.



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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm not sure that this effect is going to be reversible. The source image data is just not there anymore (most probably). \$\endgroup\$
    – osullic
    Nov 25, 2023 at 22:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ How was this image acquired i.d. what is the source of the popcorn texture? Also, what is the minimum size (horizontal/vertical # of pixels) you would accept for the image? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2023 at 1:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ It appears to me that the texture is not a feature of the image itself, but the wall on which the image was painted (which was then photographed), in which case it's a more-or-less faithful image of the original source. Or it was some sort of "artistic" effect applied to the image, which is almost certainly irreversible... \$\endgroup\$
    – twalberg
    Nov 27, 2023 at 14:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Does this answer your question? What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2023 at 16:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ The suggested duplicate does not have the exact same source of texture in the image, but perhaps the same method using frequency separation might work here as well? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2023 at 16:41

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Your best bet without recreating image by hand is using wavelet decomposition. Here is GIMP as an example - it creates several layers representing details from finest (1) to coarsest (7).

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And then merging and using tonal curve to restore some contrast:

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Wow, that looks amazing. Thanks. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 27, 2023 at 20:30

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