Registered: March 2002
Location: Leichhardt, Queensland, Australia
Its been a while since I last sent in my response to a challenge. Moving
house and settling in takes time and effort, but I have a bit more time on my
hands now to do that which I enjoy. So what did I do.
All done in Photoshop.
1] Opened a new background layer, and selected the major part of the image
that contained the damage.
2] Then went to image/adjust/replace colour. Picked her dress and slid the
'fuzzy' bar until most of her dress was selected.
3] Adjusted the H/S/L sliders until the colour approximated that outside of
the original selected area.
4] Deselected all, their features now were too light. Opened a new blank
level, and copied the original image into it.
5] Moved that level down one, and then set my top level as the working one.
6] Used the 'background eraser' tool to darken their features. Still did not
have the skin tone I wanted.
7] Flattened the image, and opened a new background layer. Went back to
image/adjust /replace colour.
7] Picked their features, and adjusted the sliders until the skin tones were
8] Started the cleanup process, long and finicky, using my 'wacom tablet'.
Used the blur tool to create a small puddle of paint.
9] Picked that as my foreground colour, then lightly airbrushed in the close
by areas that needed adjusting.
10] This was done at 300% scale and with a small 'new view' image to see the
overall effect of my changes.
11] Now and then I used 'dodge' and 'burn' to heighten an effect, especially
with the creases and folds in her dress.
12] Did some cosmetic work on their features, and the flowers. Used the burn
tool to lightly accentuate the folds in his 'Cutaway' and the 'pinstripe'
13] Flattened all. Left for a day, then opened the image and sat back to look at it.
14] The whole image still had a slight green tinge, went variations to adjust that.
15] Opened another background layer, and put the image through a low 'high pass' filter.
16] Flattened all, and adjusted size, saved to JPG.