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1880 Kansas Born
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FrannyMae



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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
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Another tough restore!

I started by changing the picture to grayscale by discarding the red and blue channels. This seemed to have the best image information.

I selected the areas that were too light (face, hands) and copy merged, paste into, set layer to multiply and lowered the opacity and used a soft brush on a mask to get rid of obvious edges.

I flattened the image and started to clone/dodge/burn until most of the damage was repaired.

I copied/flipped the hand on the right to the left side.

I flattened the image again, and made a layer mask of just the baby. I tried several different layer masks over different types/levels of blur. I finally settled on Gaussian blur at 5pix, and used a mask on the unblurred layer above it to "paint" out some of the nose and grain.

I created a new background with a black/white gradient, added noise and then blurred it.

With the baby on the new background used the tutorial on adding sepia tones with a luminosity mask.

I then added the double matting using colors from the picture.

These old pictures are such a challenge...but great practice!
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
8/8/2004 2:34am

Very nice soft toning, and good composition. I also like the facial details and the work you did on the hands, but I think the thumb is a little... little. Overall I think your pic most successfully restores the 'look' of a photograph.
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FrannyMae

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Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
8/8/2004 10:18am

Funny you should mention the thumb! I thought it looked too small, too! I looked at my own hand for reference, and still thought it was small. But I stuck to what I saw instead of manipulating it too much. I'll have to go back and see if I can see more "thumb!" Thanks!
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