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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Boy, age has turned this great dog photo into a color-blurred mess.
I tried to correct the colors but failed.
I couldn’t even get a good idea on the color of the dogs.

I picked what I thought was the channel with the
clearest detail, de-saturated and colored.
Tried to give the dogs a little more detail in the eye area.
I found it hard to work the colors on this photo.

Thought this photo would look better framed.

Matt
· Date: 8/19/2004 · Views: 5874 · Filesize: 52.0kb, 199.3kb · Dimensions: 999 x 859 ·
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steve glomski

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Registered: June 2004
Location: Chester UK
8/19/2004 3:37am

Matt ,I knew it you gonna find another good idea to improve the photo.Nice to see your Turkey :-)
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Timbo

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Sheffield UK
8/19/2004 3:51am

Matt, I have to say you have really done a fantastic job here. I've got to start again on my effort now!!!! I really like the way you fixed the curtains and the way you put the shadowing on the skirting board behind the dog on the right. How you knew that rug was a beige colour I just don't know! I spoke with my wifes gran and she told me I got it completely wrong!! The only thing you got slightly wrong is the shading on the spaniel......apparently it's a lighter brown! Who knew eh?
I must admit I painted the dogs eyes too. Can you email me with a better description of just how you did this (if you can remember!)? Did you use PS or PSP?
Cheers
Tim
P.S. "Awesome" isn't a stong enough word

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Phillip Whitt
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Registered: February 2003
Location: Columbus,GA
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8/19/2004 8:04am

Very well done, Matt-I think the colors you chose (carpet, fabric) are accurate for the time period the photo was taken
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
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8/19/2004 4:15pm

Cool work, if I wouldn't knew better, I'd fall for it, believing it's an original!
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
8/19/2004 6:56pm

Thanks Steve, Timbo, Phillip and Marc for the comments.

Timbo – About the spaniel’s eyes.
I have a book on dog breeds and scanned a spaniel.
Using Photoshop I copied and pasted a good eye to the restoration.
Then I used Free Transform to position and size the new eye.
Flipped it and used it for the other eye. Then burning to make them blend.

Steve – I had to put my Turkey back in the oven and cook it longer.
I wanted to get rid of that drab color I had on the spaniel.
Hopefully this lighter golden color is closer to his real color.
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
8/20/2004 1:58am

Love the rich colour and painstaking detail work. Impressive lighting too. The dogs look perfect - great pic!
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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
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8/20/2004 5:02am

Lovely job with the coloring! Super job bringing out the details of the dogs, especially around the faces. Great work!
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Timbo

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Sheffield UK
8/20/2004 8:12am

Matt, you've nailed it. Superb.
The eyes............good idea, I should have thought of that, I just painted mine in.
Well it's all a big learning curve.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
8/22/2004 7:56am

Appreciate the comments Doug, FrannyMae and Timbo.

Timbo, thanks for this challenge.
It was fun working on our furry friends.
Great change of pace from the usual restorations.

Matt
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
9/14/2004 4:07am

This is also wonderful work. I appreciate all the comments and will be studying how you all approached this restoration because I really wouldn't have had much of a clue how to even begin...thank you.

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Pauline
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
9/15/2004 6:32am

Thanks for the comments Neve,
Hope you decide to try your hand at restoration.

Best Wishes
Matt
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