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Donna Slinger
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I added several adjustment layers on top of the original layer and brought their fill/opacity up or down with each successive layer until it was as sharp as I could get it with as little graininess as possible. I would duplicate the original layer for each adjustment layer, bring it to the top of the layer pile and then adjust.

The adjustment layers were:
1. brightness/contrast
2. unsharp mask
3. high pass
4. curves (to bring back the white)

I then went through the layers I had and sharpened edges on some and tweaked the opacity again.

I saved this version, reopened the original and did a brightness/contrast to bring out the facial features. I pasted this on my new version and erased everything but the face and brought the opacity down until just the features were heightened.

I flattened this whole version, then duplicated this layer and added curves until I brightened the whites back to white. Dropped this on top of the other layer at about 50% opacity to brighten.

I then flattened the image again.

I decided to paint her a bit to fill in details that were lost during photography and with the age of the photo. I used the blur brush, very small diameter, and the dodge and burn tools to add lines and detail.

A lovely lady, I especially love that she placed flowers in her hair for her photograph.

Thanks for the awesome challenge!
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Janet Petty

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8/3/2004 12:31pm

Im glad you think she is lovely. You worked hard and did a nice job on a very difficult challenge. I thank you.

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vijayan

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8/4/2004 12:25am

Donna, very interesting description and a good attempt also. But some unexpected stains apeared overall in the picture made damages to this work.

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Doug Colwell
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8/4/2004 12:49am

Very expressive and dramatic. Looks like a b&w watercolor.
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dslinger

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8/4/2004 8:14am

hmmm...not sure what you are talking about re: stains. This is more of a painted take on this subject.

I went with the lines that I could see between her eyes and assumed there was more visual information than was showing on the old photograph, so I gave her the character of face I thought was probably missing.

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Donna

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vijayan

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8/5/2004 12:41am

I mean that the patches appeared on facial areas(same as in the BG) is a black mark. Since the descriptions are explained very well, your talent is conciderable and the forum expecting more of from you. But we see the Images in this catagory is purely in restoration aspects..

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dslinger

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8/5/2004 8:24am

Ah, I see what you're saying. Well, true, this is the restoration challenege...I guess everyone has their take on that, such as colorization. Perhaps I should just stick to photo art :-)

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FrannyMae

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8/5/2004 8:30am

I really like your result. You took a difficult picture and made something beautiful out of it it. To be honest, there wasn't that much information to create a "pure" restoration, in my opinion. You kept her character intact and just enhanced the features...and that is a success in my book! I also like the vignetted lighting effect with the shadow! Nice work.
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dslinger

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8/5/2004 9:51am

Thanks Franny Art is so subjective. I've seen things on this site I thought were not well done that got rave reviews and others I thought stunning that got a few tepid comments. Just my opinion, and everyone's entitled to theirs. I tend to use and like more dramatic, painterly approaches. I'd rather try to find the character in a photo and bring that out rather than a pure restoration of the details. But that's just me... and doesn't make me better or worse than anyone else. Still, I appreciate that someone appreciates what I do

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