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ajcutler



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Registered: August 2003
Location: Potomac, Maryland
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This was one challenging restoration that took lots of painstaking cloning and repair and time. The steps I took were:

1. Used a separate Levels and Curves layer to bring out contrast and detail, and then created a merged visible layer
2. Copied a face from another photograph onto a separate layer and used it for the bearded man.
Used painting, dodge and burn to the blend the face and beard.
3. Did extensive cloning throughout the photograph.
4. Filled in missing parts of the tree from good parts of the tree, and fine-tuning them with painting.
5. Repaired the gate and created a new fense on the left of the gate with copied parts from existing fense boards.
6. Use cloning, painting, dodging and burning to repair the ground around the house.
7. Constructed the barn next to the house from cloning good parts of it's roof, and creating new
sides and using gradients for shading.
8. Brought out the detail in the faces with a dodge layer using a mask and painting with low opacity.
9. Used a render clouds to create the sky.
10. Created Sepia toning using the method in the tutorial on this site called "Luminosity Masks and
Sepia Toning".

Alan
· Date: 10/13/2004 · Views: 9609 · Filesize: 54.6kb, 196.5kb · Dimensions: 800 x 631 ·
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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
10/13/2004 3:59pm

Alan, georgeous work, as usual! The only thing I noticed are two thin, dark marks (scratches?) on the front of the house. They start at the roofline over the 3rd window from the left and down into the 2nd window. I do remember missing those initially because they are so different from the rest of the damage. I only mention it because you have proven yourself to be a perfectionist and I suspect you want to be told when a dust speck goes unnoticed!

I really like the clapboard siding you put on the shed and the superb job you did rebuilding the fence! Bravo!
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ajcutler

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10/13/2004 5:54pm

FrannyMae:

Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments!

Initially I had thought those thin dark lines were wires on the house, but after reading your comments and looking again they do appear to be scratches. I removed those lines and updated the photo.

Thanks,

Alan
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newtonwayne
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Registered: September 2004
Location: Forney Texas
Posts: 10
10/13/2004 8:10pm

Good work.
You amaze me again with you attention to details.
very very AAA perfect. I strive to be as good as you are (Someday)
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
10/13/2004 10:37pm

Super clean-up Alan, and all the new stuff (fence, shed, sky and tree-top) fits in seemlessly. I'm really impressed with the improved clarity of the faces and the details of the harness. Also like your sepia toning and can see how my pic could use a little un-yellowing. Great work, again!
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ajcutler

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10/13/2004 11:42pm

NewtonWayne:

Thank you so much. With restorations I find its all about patience and the little details.

When I first saw some of the fine work on challenges at RetouchPro I was overwealmed and never thought I could get there. But just give it time, a lot of practice, and use the great body of knowledge on RetouchPro, oand other Tutorial sites, and some good books like Katrin Eismann's.

Hi Doug:

I enjoy your comments because they always convey so much. I was just hoping to be able to create something in the class of your restoration, and didn't realize how much work was involved. I did concentrate on the faces with some time spent on dodging and burning (with layer blending modes) to add some detail. I think the "Luminosity Masks and Sepia Toning" tutorial produces nice results and gives you a lot of flexibility on the toning.

Alan
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Gary Richardson

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Registered: March 2004
Location: Yorkshire, England
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10/14/2004 3:24am

Hi AJ, just adding my congratulations on a great job. Looked really hard to find fault, and the only thing I could find was 2 small dark blemishes above the eyes on the 2 horses. Keep up the excellent work.

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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
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10/14/2004 6:13am

The faces are superb Alan.
The fence, gate, and outbuilding wonderfully clear.
Harness detail exceptional.
What else should we expect from the maestro.

As Richard has commented, the dark blemishes - I guess you have burnt or painted in the eyes, but I think the right horses eye is just a bit high.

Brilliant!

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ajcutler

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10/14/2004 11:26am

Gary and Steve:

Thank you for the compliments on my work. You caught the one area I didn't pay much attention to, the horses eyes. I figured they were so small it didn't matter, but I was wrong.

Alan
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antiki
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Registered: August 2004
10/18/2004 5:37pm

AJ - This photo was a mess - lots of pencil/ink marks, scratches, and what appeared to be mold marks, not to mention a MISSING FACE! Your attention to detail in cleaning it up, re-constructing the shed, fence, pop's face and other parts make the photo come alive. Love what you did with the sky and the sepia tone you achieved. I'm very impressed with your finished piece. Looks great and I know it took endless hours of patience and dedication to accomplish this challenge! I applaude your smooth integration of all the elements for a most natural appearance. Keep up the great work. We can all learn from you.
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ajcutler

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10/18/2004 7:17pm

Antiki:

Thank you so much! I also appreciate your noticing the patience and dedication I gave to this restoration.

Alan
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Registered: November 2006
Location: USA
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6/9/2007 4:35pm

Very Good work.

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mcfly201
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Registered: April 2008
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5/4/2008 4:44am

Excellent work, well done, do you do this type of work professionally AJ?
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ajcutler

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5/4/2008 9:25am

Mcfly201:

Thank you. Yes, I do restorations professionally. I started off on Retouchpro.com, learned so much from the members, gained a lot of experience and then decided to start a restoration and retouching company several years ago.
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