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Black Watch Royal Highlander
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It’s been over a year since I last did this restoration (posted as Jade) and I tried
again to do further reasearch. Other than establish that the soldier is a Black
Watch Royal Highlander I didn’t get much further. I have a strong feeling that
the sleeve cuffs and the raised collar should be either Black or Dark Green as
I’ve seen old illustrations and most have the dark collar and cuffs. I also discovered
this time around, that the soldier has something hanging from the back which I suspect
is either a “Glengarry” cap or a bonnet. Whether these were originally all tartan or not
and possibly with ribbons, I can’t determine. I opted just to fill it in with a texture and
blend into the background.

I have the added advantage of knowing this soldier’s grand-daughter (a friend) who
bears a strong resemblance to her grandmother in the photo. One of my friend’s sons
also bears a striking resemblance to his great-grandfather, the soldier.

In PaintShopPro 8.01 …

Copied and pasted as new image. Closed original. I ended up with 3 working
versions of this at different stages of progress just in case I had to retrace my
steps which for this restoration…. were far too many to “undo” as normal.

Started by making selections, copying and pasting as new images mostly,
and working on each image. When complete, repasted into original image,
i.e. “into selections”.

Background Selection – filled with a stripe wallpaper
Curtain Selection - filled with a texture and colourised.
Chair Selection – opted to fill with the same texture as curtain.
Found a gold tassle photo, selected tassle and pasted into a new image
(duplicated tassle several times) to create a tassle edging for the chair.
Colourised to match the chair.

Dress Selection – filled with a coffee gradient and pasted as a new layer.
Mode/Saturation. Duped this layer – mode/Multiply 30%. Merged the
dress layers with the original image.

Jacket Selection – Filled with red. Mode/Col. (L)
New layer – painted white on stripes
New Layer – painted gold gradient on buttons and on chain.
Merged all – Mode/Soft Light.
Pasted this into the original image as a new layer.
Mode/Normal 38%
Spent time later going over all of the stripes to
Lighten them further, plus the belt.

Floor Selections – filled with a texture and colourised
Gray. Due to downsizing this for uploading… this texture
appears far too grainy but isn’t evident in the original restoration.

Continued in this way re selections…i.e. Screen (filled with a wood texture)
Matting (filled with a cream texture). Screen – cloned out blotches.

Original Image – The Screen
On a new layer, painted the leaves green (low opacity), painted
the roses creamy yellow. Cloned out bottom part of screen altogether,
Made a selection of the upper part of screen and pasted into the
bottom part.

Selected the kilt and filled with tartan.
Selected the sporran and spent a lot of time (as a new image)
almost redesigning all of it. I was working from an original
BW Royal Highlander sporran I found on the net.
I repasted the sporran into the into original image.
Used the smudge tool to drag the fur downwards at the
bottom. Added a drop shadow.

Continued making selections for the white gaiters, socks,
sock ribbons.

Fur Mat – cloned out blotches, selected and colourised.
Smudged the edges to bring out the furry appearance.

Woman’s Head – cloned right ear and pasted as her left ear.
Ditto for her right eye. Cloned her hair. Burn Tool – to highlight
hair, ears, mouth, eyebrows, eyes etc. Colourised her face, increased
Saturation later. Colourised her hair.

Soldier’s Head – same as above. Hands and Legs – Ditto.

Nearing completion I softened almost every edge, burned some shadows
into the picture etc.

From the outset I knew I couldn’t tackle this in one day so my time on it
was spread out on a daily basis for 4 days – 2 hours each time approx.
I’ve got no idea if this process would be speedier using a tablet as opposed
to the mouse?

· Date: 10/16/2004 · Views: 8206 · Filesize: 40.0kb, 181.9kb · Dimensions: 782 x 1011 ·
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
10/16/2004 11:11am

Neve – What a wonderful description.
It has to win first prize for the most detailed description of the year.

I have both tablet and mouse.
And for me, using the Wacom is no faster than the mouse.
Good detailed restoration work is very time consuming.

I can see all the hours of work.
Great work on the curtain, chair, sporran and screen.

Two suggestions Neve,
1. I would love to see the backdrop and carpet coloured.
To my eye the gray would look better coloured.

2. The curtain and chair are richly coloured and stand out.
But the woman’s and mans heads seems a little pale and faded.
Would like to see the Woman, her dress and the man from the waist
up darkened. This way they would be the focal point of the photo
and not the curtain and chair.

These are only my opinions and preferences. I’m no expert.
No two monitors are alike, so my monitor may be giving a far lighter display than yours.

Congratulations on all the hard work,
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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
10/16/2004 6:04pm

G'Day Matt, many thanks for viewing and providing constructive criticism, much appreciated. Detailed ? AND long-winded LOL. As long as someone gains some benefit from it all, that's the main purpose isn't it? I concur with the points you've made re the curtain and chair. Yes, with the gray bg and flooring coloured, those pale faces etc would blend better. I always struggle with facial colouring and I left those till last. Found myself some good PSP skin and hair colour charts however I'm still tentative in my approach. I did go back and try saturating their faces, hands, legs etc. but still not enough.

Thanks for taking the time to provide your opinions.


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