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Goodbye Sharpness my Old Friend
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Tom Trevelyan


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Registered: May 2002
Location: North Wales, UK.
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I found this a real mind boggler. There was no part of the picture that was in good enough shape to give you a handle on what to work towards.

Masks to separate out background and blouse.

Desaturated the working layer.

Background messed around with paint daub, underpainting and texturizer filters.

Blouse similar, but more restrained and no texturizer.

I can’t remember all the details but it is all no brainer stuff. You just mess around until you get an effect you want.

Some cloning and Patch Tool to get rid of the distracting feller in the right background.


Face and Hair. Much cloning and stamping, patch tooling too. For some areas I used the technique of copying areas to a new layer in Darken Blend Mode and using the Move Tool until the white speckles disappeared.

The result was a mess. My dear lady looked like an urgent dermatological appointment was needed.

So in desperation I decided to go for a kind of soft and grainy Victorian look. I used the Dust and Scratches and Film Grain filters, with more patching and cloning, on a kind of iterative process until I got rid of most of the blotchiness. Then painted back the eyes and mouth using the History Brush, faded that until I found it tolerable.

Levels, of course, to give a tonal range that I thought supported that misty grainy Victorian look.

I used the Average filter on a copy of the original layer to create a layer of that sickly green color the scan came in, put that at the top of the Layer Stack in Color Blend Mode and lowered the opacity.

I think you Senior Members and Moderators should grade the Challenges, so us Junior Members can remain sane. It would be nice to pick something that is actually possible now and then!

She still needs a dermatologist but I think the cream is beginning to work. Terrible thing, those acne scars. And I could not cope with the left side of the mouth. That needs an artist. I wanted her to be smiling but she just looks damned miserable.


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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
8/8/2004 3:11am

The long and winding road has led you to a terrific restore.
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Gary Richardson

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 2,717
8/8/2004 3:22am

Hi Tom, nice job, I know how much you've had to do with this one. Good idea to get rid of the tree, it really improves the composition.

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