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K Braitenbach


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Registered: August 2003
Location: Mountain View, California
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This one was really tricky. I thought it was important to keep the texture and detail in the children's faces. Clone stamping, healing brush, and patch tool would have destroyed that. I wanted the image to stay looking like a photograph, and not like a painting, so I had to resort to some very time-consuming tactics...

The first thing I did was get rid of the mould and scratch. I did this by adding a channel mixer layer. I selected the Monochrome checkbox, and then adjusted the gray channel to Red: 25%, Green: 75, Blue: 0%.

I then added a Curves layer to improve the tone of the image. I added one marker, Input: 95, Output: 160.

Then, because the channel mixer layer made the photo black and white, I had to colorize the photo to some semblance of what it was before. This involved 14 different layers: Background, oldest girl's sweater, youngest girl's dress, boy's sweater, faces, 3 hair layers (one to color, one to multiply, and one to make the oldest girl's darker), faces, blush, arms, lips, eyes, and eyeliner.

For each colorizing layer, I did a new solid color layer, changed the blending mode to Color, lowered the opacity, and increased the right half of the upper left blending slider in the blending options to about the middle.

Then, I used the clone stamp to get rid of the damaged edges.

There was just a bit too much texture at the end. I duplicated the original image, added a slight gaussian blur, and then set the opacity to 65%. This smoothed out the image without losing too much sharpness.

Finally, I cropped the image to center the children.
· Date: 8/20/2003 · Views: 8481 · Filesize: 66.9kb, 174.2kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1093 ·
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KenB

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Registered: July 2002
Location: Michigan
Posts: 186
8/22/2003 4:23pm

Perfection achieved.


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svsg

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Registered: June 2003
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8/23/2003 12:13pm

Great job! I agree with Ken, I can't find anything wrong with this one. When you say 14 different layers,do you mean, you made selections for each of those objects and made them as new layers?Can you please explain. And how much time did you spend on this image?
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kathleen

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Registered: August 2001
Location: mississippi
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8/26/2003 8:45am

wow! you nailed it. beautiful.
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K Braitenbach
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Registered: August 2003
Location: Mountain View, California
8/26/2003 11:54am

For each of the colorizing layers, I selected the item to be colored, then added a solid color layer (this gives a mask to the color). On these layers, I changed the blending mode to color and lowered the opacity until it looked right.

I think it took about 4-5 hours to finish this image.
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Lex

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Registered: December 2003
Location: London England
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12/15/2003 10:18am

This is bar far the best. Well Done.
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Janet Petty

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Mid-South
Posts: 2,164
8/7/2004 3:16pm

Definitely the best of the restorations on this challenge. You must have an abundance of patience to have stuck this one out. KUDOS.

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Timbo

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Sheffield UK
8/9/2004 4:11am

Outstanding work, and a very good description.

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mindyann
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Registered: April 2009
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7/6/2009 2:13pm

Looks great!
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