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Turning Back the Clock
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FrannyMae



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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
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I started by repairing as much damage as I could. I used mainly the clone tool on the background, the clone tool and healing brush on the faces, and the patch on the dress to recreate some missing flowers. I also used the patch on a couple parts of the drapery...the tassels were a mess in spots.

I didn't like the harsh shadow behind the groom, so I cloned that out and added a softer shadow in it's place.

I copied the image and changed the copy to CYMK to work on color. I copied part of one channel (Cyan, I think) into the damaged bottom right corner edge of another channel (Yellow?..I meant to write it down!) Then I used
several curves ALs to correct the color in different areas: bottom of dress, groom's hand and sleeve, bottom of bride's sleeve. I tried to even out the
damaged area with the rest of the pic.

I made a selection of just the edges based on a layer mask of one of the channels, and used USM at 100%, radius 2, threshold 0. I then inverted the selection and used gaussian blur at 2px to soften the flesh tones and correct some blotchiness.

The grooms jacket still had a lot of lighter artifacts so I painted over it in spots with dark blue on a new layer set to "overlay."

This challenge certainly lived up to the name! I didn't think it would be this hard or take this long when I looked at it. But it was a great learning experience and I had fun doing it! My hat off to all you folks who make this look so easy!

This is a corrected version (I hope!) to fix the problems Doug so kindly pointed out. I added several masked AL's using both selective color and curves to get rid of the red at the bottom of the picture. Color correction is definately an art...one I haven't mastered! I also slightly blurred the harsh line between the bride and groom.
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
8/22/2004 1:06pm

Really nice levels and colours in the faces, and the dress looks perfect. I also like how you cleaned up the curtains and replaced the groom's shadow (very natural). Two small nit-piks - The line between bride and groom looks a bit sharp at shoulder level (the hip level shadings on her dress might look good up top). There's also a vignette-ish red caste along the bottom of curtain and groom. Overall you've done a wonderful job.
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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
8/23/2004 4:15am

Doug, as usual, you haven't missed a bit! LOL! I did mean to soften the line between the bride and groom and forgot. That's what working the night shift will do to your brain! I had a terrible time with that color casting along the bottom. I worked on it some more last night and am still not satisfied. The damage is different in different spots, and masked ALs don't seem to be working. I'll work on it some more and see if I can correct that redness. Thanks for your input...always much appreciated.
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