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Redoin' Dot
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Just trying out new techniques for restoration. I'm sorry that I don't remember all the steps, but it involved heavy usage of the History brush!
· Date: 3/16/2003 · Views: 7672 · Filesize: 21.9kb, 40.2kb · Dimensions: 450 x 675 ·
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3/17/2003 8:42pm

Hah! I found the tutorial I had learned this from. It was my first try using the History brush...what I did was to use the Stamp to clone and replace areas of the background, the more damaged areas of her face, etc. Then I used "Filters-Noise-Median" at a large enough setting to smooth out EVERYTHING, even her features. Then I added back enough noise to give the picture the necessary grain, before taking a "snapshot" of it all. In the History palette, I then set the source of the History brush to the smoothed-out snapshot, then clicked back onto the original layer, which reappeared in the palette when I created the snapshot. So I was working within the original layer, painting on things from the blurred-out snapshot. Doing this enabled me to smooth out her skin and the remaining imperfections of the background and her clothing, almost like magic. I was really thrilled with the results. Hope this helps someone!

The tutorial where I learned all this is located at http://www.espressographics.com/text/levels.html It's great!
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cinderella
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Registered: July 2002
Posts: 154
3/19/2003 9:34pm

Really like your version of Dot. It's subtle but captures her charm. The technique you used is interesting. I am going to try it on an old photo I worked on earlier but was not satisfied with the result. Thanks for the link.
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pjulich
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Registered: March 2003
Location: Indialantic, FL
Posts: 15
4/11/2003 3:28pm

I really like this version. It just seemed to have the right touch. Not to hard and not too soft. Thanks for the tip on the tutorial.
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chanchalbd

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Registered: March 2005
Location: Bangladesh
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3/14/2006 12:54pm

Really looks great, good job.
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Lady_Percy
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Registered: July 2008
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7/19/2008 10:51pm

A very nice version of Dot. It still looks like an old-timey photograph, and you've kept her expression. My only complaint would be her hair near the part. It looks a little like she is balding, but I believe that is from the damage to the original picture. Filling it in a little would make this retouch even better!
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