Registered: April 2002
Location: North Carolina
This is all done with Photopaint 10
This is the second post of this picture so if it looks a little different, it is. The head shape was wrong in the earlier post. I wanted to do this as much as possible with "automated" functions as I'm tired of hunting and pecking with the clone brush to tidy up old images. So, I tried lots of rapid fire procedures over and over without any effort to perfect the outcome and finally achieved a fairly satisfactory result that still needed lots of touching up but was still some advance over manual methods.
1) Convert to CMYK, toss out the K as it's blank with such a pale image.
2) Increase the contrast on the C,M,Y, images by stretching it to the max with the upper and lower settings.
3) Blast each of the enhanced CMY channels wuith NeatImage to sharpen them and remove as much noise as possible.
4) Merge the CMY images back together to produce a crisp, contrasty image
5) Finish off noise and damage control with the clone brush, copy the left eye over to the right side.
6) Use the undither brush to smooth out the residual blotches.
7) look carefully at the hand holding WJ. It's too large and anatomically incorrect. The fingers stretch back all the way to the thunmb so the index finger spreads to a triangular shape where the back of the hand should be.
8) Fix the hand by shortening the fingers and drawing in a pretty unconvincing thumb. Reduce the size of the hand to bring it more into proportion with the baby.
8) Look at the baby's smock. Use the contrast brightness and selective color controls to brighten it up as much as possible then put it through the alchemy filter using "threads" as the pattern to create an interesting texture.
9) Go back to the face, cut it out and blast it again with the NeatImage plugin to sharpen it up as much as possible.
10) Add random noise to the face to remove the waxy appearance left by NeatImage, masking out the eyes, nose and mouth so that they stay more or less sharp.
11) Blur the masked face with a jaggy despeckle filter to even out the noise.
12) Make a mask of the face, color it with a flesh tone and merge it using the "color" setting and 98% transparency to create a decent skin color.
13) Hunt and peck around the nose, eyes and mouth to make them look presentable. Use an overlay of the original to keep referring to in order to perserve the original "personality".
14) Go to lighting effects and put a bright light across from the left side to blow out the smock and highlight the baby's face,
15) Mask off the baby's hands and fix the skin tone.
16) Do the same with the adult's hand.