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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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I tried Auto-levels and Auto-color to remove some of the color caste and get a better idea for hair colors. It didn’t tell me much, the hair on both just looked dark.

I usually use existing colors if possible. But in this case I felt the color of the curtains was drab and would detract from the over-all look of the photo.

I clone cleaned the curtains then a touch of blur and added some noise.
The couple looked a little pasted in against the curtains.
So I selected the lighter curtain and used a circular light to darken the top and bottom of the curtain. Then I added a drop shadow to help the couple blend more naturally with the background.

The dress was sheer hard cloning work. I adjusted the lighter tones and burned the darker flowers.

I found the faces tough. It took me a good while cloning and adjusting color and highlights. Not so sure about the dark hair color.
· Date: 1/8/2004 · Views: 7488 · Filesize: 53.9kb, 193.3kb · Dimensions: 885 x 1011 ·
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Xaran
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Registered: October 2003
Location: East Sussex, England
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1/8/2004 8:23am

Nice work Matt.

I like the blue curtains but on my screen the whole image has a slight blue tint.

Christine
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/10/2004 7:53am

Thanks for the comments Christine,

I can't see any blue tint on my monitor.
I treated myself to a new monitor for Xmas,
and am not skilled enough to callibrate it.

I would appreciate it if any other members see the blue tint drop me a comment.

Matt
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TwinbNJ

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Registered: February 2003
Location: NJ
Posts: 375
1/10/2004 8:58am

Hey Matt! Great job on the image and the blue curtains are a nice touch.
I too get a slight blue overall on my monitor.

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Ian W

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Registered: November 2003
Location: Leeds, UK
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1/10/2004 11:01pm

Hi Matt,

Neat work. I also see a slight blue cast. I see it in particular on the "white" areas of the dress and the mans shirt.

Ian.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/11/2004 4:23am

TwinbNJ, Christine and Ian,
Thanks for your help with my color caste problem.

I looked harder and took some samples and info read-outs.
Sure enough, far too much blue content.

My new Monitor is a slim flat-screen with a very bright display.
I will have to be more careful with color re-touches.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
11/23/2004 8:39am

I hated my first version of this photo.
Some of the newer entries on this challenge
inspired me to make a few changes.
I tried to correct some of the color problems.
To me the outer curtain unbalanced this photo.
It was so high and the right side seemed bare.
I lowered the top and added some curtain to the right.
Hope I improved things a little.

Matt
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
11/24/2004 10:33pm

Great restore Matt! Colouring, de-graining and clarity are spot on, and the curtains work really well (like one of your fancy frames). The one thing I noticed was the photo looks like it's been squeezed horizontally (like maybe the constrain proportions checkbox got unchecked when resizing?)
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
11/25/2004 12:52am

Thanks Doug,
As you mentioned the smaller version looks squeezed
at the sides like a concertina.
Don’t know how I did that? The big version is ok though.

I'm still not crazy about this one.
I think their hair is too dark.
I should have lightened the hair and added some highlights.
But that’s a hard thing to do. I might make things worse.

Also I don't like that straight line down between dress and suit.
FrannyMae had a good idea putting a curve at the waist
to give the dress more natural shape.
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