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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Being a Black Belt Grand Master Photoshop Guru
this was going to be a simple re-touch.
Used a couple of my complex master-class techniques and
Viola - finished. Time taken – 10 minutes.

Of course there is another scenario –
And a much more believable one …

Being a Yellow Belt Photoshop novice I spent hours and hours
over 3 days, cloning, repairing, dodging and burning etc. etc.
There always seemed more and more things that needed adjusting.
Slipped in the new background of an old 1900s bar-room.
Hope I did a reasonable job of blending in the boys.
The Sheriff seemed to give the photo a more balanced look.

Best wishes to all who tried this restoration.
It was really hard work, wasn’t it?

Matt
· Date: 7/4/2003 · Views: 9774 · Filesize: 68.3kb, 134.4kb · Dimensions: 700 x 657 ·
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svsg

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Registered: June 2003
Location: 13.1358* N, 77.6058* E
Posts: 57
7/4/2003 12:41pm

LOL!
Nice job for a Yellow Belt champion.
I like your choice of background. The third man's
face has come out much different than other restorations.
Ofcourse there is no rule defining
the extent to which one can change the original image in a restoration.
Anyway, the image looks nice and has well defined features.
Great effort!
(BTW i am not even a yellow belt in this).

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
7/4/2003 7:30pm

Thanks for your comments Svsg.

The hardest part of this retouch
for me was the damaged faces.
I had to define and sharpen them
so they blended with the backdrop.
The more I worked on them the more
I lost the original look.
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Cvandever

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Registered: May 2003
Location: Crossville, TN
Posts: 3
7/7/2003 9:16am

great background change. Changing the background makes the image seem more natural... love the sherrif.
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TwinbNJ

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Registered: February 2003
Location: NJ
Posts: 375
7/10/2003 8:19pm

Cool idea Matt it came out very well. Those faces were difficult.

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pierresplace

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 73
8/6/2003 6:30pm

But what of the concept of "integrity?" Doesn't it count that the original is what we are restoring to? Anyone can "slip in" a background. Restoration calls for the "restoring" of the original, not a shortcut to a quick completion, otherwise why restore at all, just create new artwork. It isn't a speed contest.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
8/7/2003 12:52pm

In regards to the concept of “integrity”
Have a close look at the background in the original.
To me it is a damaged, blurred and incomprehensible mess.
Restore it to what? What is in the background to restore?
It is way beyond my ability to restore something like this.

If there had been any, and I repeat any half legible detail
in the background I would have gone with it. See my restore
work in rest. chall. #55. I put in lots of hard work restoring
the background, because in that photo there was a background
to restore.

I had to do something about the background.
Leaving it as it was out of the question, it looked awful.
What could I do? The only thing I could think of was to
clone out the damage; hit it with a heavy dose of gaussian-blur
and add a touch of dodge and burn.
But would this be the best solution? I haven’t seen many 1900
portraits with blurred featureless backgrounds.
That’s more a fad with modern photography

“Anyone can slip in a background as a shortcut to
quick completion”. This statement amazes me.
Getting this new background to blend with the boys
would have taken me about one and a half-hours.
Cloning, blurring and toning the original background
would take me about 10 minutes.
I had to crop, size and clone out people in the original
Bar room photo. Then carefully select the boys and move them
into the bar-room, and use the transform tool to get them
exactly the right size. Then I had to add grain, dodge and
burn around the leg area and other parts of this photo.

I must admit this is a restoration challenge, and my work
looks nothing like the original. I had fun doing this challenge
and think the boys look right at home in the bar-room.
Sorry, but if in future restorations or retouches I don’t think the
background compliments the rest of the photo it’s going to go.
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Mary Mc Creath

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Registered: September 2003
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
9/30/2003 7:49pm

A very creative piece of work that gets my admiration.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
10/18/2003 6:59am

Thanks Mary,
This was the toughest restoration I've ever done.
I know putting a new background in a restoration
is a liberty. But It's part of my nature to do
everything I can to enhance the look of any
photo I work on.
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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
9/10/2004 8:34pm

Matt, I love this version! While this may not meet the purest meaning of a "restore," you managed to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear! I think you did a wonderful job on this one and kept your "audience" in mind. Great job!
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pierresplace

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 73
9/18/2008 2:03pm

I wasn't aware the PS artists are measured in terms of belt colors. When did that start?

Personally, I don't view this work as something that I would want to accomplish in fewer and fewer minutes. This is an art form, what's the hurry and where is the joy in doing it faster? That's for machines, I'm a human.

...Joe...

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