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Grandma Henrietta #2
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ajcutler



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Registered: August 2003
Location: Potomac, Maryland
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This was a wonderful challenge. Since some of the challengers added color that really made the photograph stand out, I decided to follow suit.

Started out by converting to grayscale, and added a curves layer to bring out the tonal range. Added a layer where I did extensive cloning to the face, clothes, chair, and rug. Also used the healing tool with a pattern to give the dress more uniformity.

In order to build missing chair detail on the left side, I borrowed detail from the right side. Created a new blouse with the smear tool and some dodging and burning. I also painted a design on the shirt roughly following what looked like a design in the original.

Created a new background by doing rough repairs on the original, and applying distortion, texture, and noise filters, and followed by motion and gaussian blurring.

Added color by using separate layers for each major object, using the color blending mode, and painting in the color. In some instances added a hue/saturation layer to adjust hue, saturation and/or lightness.

Smoothed skin, clothes and chair by adding a gaussian blur filter in conjunction with a hidden layer mask to which I then painted in smoothness.

Alan
· Date: 12/13/2003 · Views: 10515 · Filesize: 52.6kb, 192.7kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1299 ·
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Xaran
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Registered: October 2003
Location: East Sussex, England
Posts: 534
12/14/2003 12:00am

Excellent work. My only criticism would be that the wall appears to be too close.

The colours are really good.

Christine
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
12/14/2003 1:07am

Yet another meticulous restore. Agree with Christine - the colours are great. Very fine details.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
12/14/2003 6:31am

Terrific Alan,

I love the green dress and your colors.
I didn't think it was possible restore that carpet.
Two shoes sure enhance the look of this fine restoration.
Wish I'd done that.
The chair and shirt are beautifully done.

Doug said this was a meticulous restoration and I wholeheartedly agree.
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TwinbNJ

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Registered: February 2003
Location: NJ
Posts: 375
12/14/2003 12:23pm

Agreed the detail is just wonderful! The colors suite the time period. That rug! Wow you got it. Great job on this restoration.

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ajcutler

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Location: Potomac, Maryland
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12/14/2003 12:49pm

Thank you all for the nice words, it's good to know that hard work can pay off. I agree with Christine about the wall being too close, and I will submit a new version that attempts to move the wall further back.

Alan
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Rawessence

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Registered: November 2003
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Posts: 17
12/15/2003 5:01pm

Great! How did you get the rug?

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ajcutler

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12/15/2003 5:23pm

Rawessence:

Thank you. I tried to identify the patterns in the rug, and where the pattern was broken because of missing detail, cracks, etc. I either painted in missing detail (for small areas) or cloned a similar pattern from a good portion of the rug and either transformed it, or changed it's brightness/contrast to blend in.

Hope this explanation helps.

Alan
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Cuda

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Registered: November 2003
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
12/16/2003 12:44am

Very clean and realistic!
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demantu

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Registered: December 2003
12/18/2003 3:31am

I think you should change color tone of her lips.
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ajcutler

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Location: Potomac, Maryland
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12/18/2003 8:30am

Demantu:

What color tone do you think would be the most accurate?

Thanks,

Alan
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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
Posts: 67
12/27/2003 11:43am

Alan:
Yet again you produce another meticulous piece of work.
It could have been photographed last week!!
Great work on the carpet.
Wonderful colour tones, superb - only word for it!!

Steve

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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
8/23/2004 5:34am

This is absolutely beautiful! You have managed to keep all the detail...and to "find" some that was not there but should have been. The skin looks very smooth yet natural, which is a difficult balancing act. And finally, this doesn't look colorized one bit! I aspire to this level of craftsmanship...thanks for setting such a fine example.
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ajcutler

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Location: Potomac, Maryland
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8/23/2004 8:58am

FrannyMae:

I can't tell you how nice it was to read what you said about my restoration, and how descriptive you were. To have your hard work so appreciated is very rewarding.

Thank you,

Alan
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newtonwayne
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Registered: September 2004
Location: Forney Texas
Posts: 10
10/2/2004 7:18pm

Super Job
Im Going to try this one.
If it turns out half as good as yours I will frame it and hang it in my study.
You heared of Elvis King of Rock.
How about
ALEN++ KING OF RESTORATION!!!!$$$
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ajcutler

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Location: Potomac, Maryland
Posts: 77
10/3/2004 8:06pm

Thank you very much NewtonWayne. It took me one heck of a lot of restorations, challenges and reading to really start to see an improvement in my work. Nothing comes easy. Hang in there, and use RetouchPro to hone your skills.

Alan
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