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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Repair the photo and remove the color cast.
Move the wedding cake between the couple
and remove some of the clutter from the table.

I used multiply on the blown out area of the table.
This helped but it still needed a good hit with levels.

I didn’t like the idea of vast empty spaces on the table.
I re-arranged just about everything on the table.
I tried hard to position the chairs, paintings, candles and crockery
around the couple in a neat orderly fashion.
Hopefully this would make the couple and cake in the center
the focal point of this nice wedding photo.

The wedding cake was badly blown out.
I hit it with multiply and levels.
Cutting and moving helped give sharper outer edges.
The cake came out much better than I dared hope for.

Boy, there was a lot of work in this one.
There were just so many little things to tweak.
I’m sure I missed something but I’m dizzy and tired.
So I’m calling it quits.

Good Luck to all who try this retouch.

Matt
· Date: 7/15/2004 · Views: 19004 · Filesize: 38.9kb, 196.4kb · Dimensions: 1000 x 869 ·
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
Posts: 13
7/15/2004 10:40am

Cool result! Amazing... as all of your work.
You've restored amazing details and excellent colors.
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pjb

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Registered: August 2002
Location: Casselberry, Florida
Posts: 74
7/15/2004 1:01pm

Wow and double Wow!! Excellent work. Your time and effort really payed off.

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Gary Richardson

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 2,717
7/15/2004 5:09pm

Excellent job Matt as always, the cake is a real tour-de-force. Re-arranging the crockery is definitely the way to go, the table would have looked too empty otherwise. Cropping the shot really gave it better balance.

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ckc108

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1
7/20/2004 12:26am

I like how you have rearrange the table to get rid of the clutter. Nice job. You make the picture look so symmetrical. Bravo.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
7/20/2004 7:18am

Thanks for the comments Marc, Pjb, Gary and Ckc108,

I enjoyed doing this one. It came out better than I expected.

Matt
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Cvandever

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Registered: May 2003
Location: Crossville, TN
Posts: 3
7/20/2004 8:36am

wow wonderful job. I like the place settings on the table. Looks very elegant.
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Timbo

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Sheffield UK
7/20/2004 12:38pm

Absolutely outstanding. Effort equals results. You really must have put in some effort on this one.

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W. Rose
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Registered: August 2003
Location: Manteca, Ca
Posts: 105
8/7/2004 1:49pm

Excellent work, I love the way you kept the time period and the setting of the table.
Wayne
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
8/7/2004 6:32pm

Cvandever, Timbo and Wayne,
Thanks for the comments.

Wayne, this retouch still has a pinkish cast to it.
I kept the cast in the hope that it would look a bit like
a 1950 era photo where the color had faded.

Matt
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johnc

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Registered: March 2004
Location: auburn, maine
8/14/2004 3:37pm

awsum work
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
9/28/2004 1:25am

Amazing effort and excellent result.

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lavamatica

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Registered: September 2004
Location: San Diego
9/29/2004 11:28pm

This is great work! I love learning from all who post here!
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
9/30/2004 1:55am

Thanks Johnc, Neve and Lavamatica,

I think I got lucky with this one.
It came out better than I expected.

Matt
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PixiePirate

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
Posts: 22
10/20/2004 11:36pm

Very,very,very niceley done! I am so jealous of your cake! I couldn't tell what was what when i tried to fix it......
Anyway, I hope you don't think I am being too picky, but is there anyway you can try brightening up the skintones? They just seem a bit muddy to me....could just be my monitor though.....

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
10/21/2004 9:13am

Thanks PixiePirate,

Trying to repair that blown out blurred mess that was a cake was a nightmare.
There were a quite a few times I thought of pasting in a new cake.

Re the skin tones - I threw a quickmask around the couples faces and lightened them a little. You were right, it was an improvement.

Matt
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