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Happy Couple
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Peter S



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Registered: November 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 2,142
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1st added overlay adjustment layer to darken the lighter areas like the faces.
Sharpened a lot.
Every colour a different hue and saturation layer, used delete brush to clean up masked edges.
cloned and healed most of the blemishes out.
Fixed the trouser leg length.
tried to sharpen more but just got more noise in the pic.
Flattened, levels etc.

All comments and advice about sharpening very welcome
· Date: 12/28/2004 · Views: 6001 · Filesize: 44.7kb, 160.1kb · Dimensions: 1112 x 1474 ·
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
12/29/2004 6:59am

I think you have done some fine work on this photo Peter.
Repair and coloring on the curtain, wall and couple look great.
I have about 10 different sharpening tutorials.
But this photo is so badly focused none work well here.

Like you I had trouble making my re-touch sharper
without adding noise.
I resized my re-touch to a smaller 700 wide.
At this size noise is less visible and it appears a little sharper.
Not the perfect solution, but it helped here.

Matt
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Angie B

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Registered: October 2004
Location: NC
Posts: 13
12/31/2004 4:43am

I love the colors you picked for this pic. They look very natural and appropriate. I haven't worked on this pic but it sounds like sharpening is an issue. I think you did a great job with what you had to work with.
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
1/2/2005 12:34pm

You've done a great job with this one. Agree with Angie about your choice of colours. I think the original's faded facial details are more of a problem than the focus, and you've done well to re-establish them. As for sharpening, sometimes the best solution is to zoom in and re-define a few major edges manually (like dad's neck and shirt, and mom's cheek and earlobe). Another approach is to over-sharpen, alt-mask the pic, and then paint in sharpness with a small white brush on the edges or details (like eyes) you want to emphasize, (you'll still have to zoom in and smooth out the artifacts along the edges - I like the blur tool for that).
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Peter S

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Registered: November 2004
Location: UK
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1/20/2005 5:18pm

Thank you all very much for the comments.
I have looked at this again and managed to get the sharpness a little better but not much. Mainly by just sharpening the edges only. At least the noise generated is only visible when you zoom in.
Doug I will try your tips on a couple of my own pics that are blurred, it sounds like it could help.

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