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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Pheeeeew! There was a lot of work in this one.

I removed some of the color caste with Auto Levels.
Zoomed in and clone cleaned the wall.
I removed the child by copy and pasting the curtain.

There was no real help in channels for the damaged bottom half.
I copied and flipped one side of the chaise? Then tried to give it shape.
I copped out on the difficult job of fine detail in the bottom of the
chaise and dress by hiding it in shadow.

I attempted to make the carpet with texturizer. It didn’t look good.
Then I tried Pattern Maker and failed again.
Never could get that damn thing to work.
Finally I cloned in a pattern and used a fur plug in
to make it look like a carpet. It’s old and dirty but I wanted
something subdued that wouldn’t draw the eye away from the girl.

Happy New Year
Matt
· Date: 1/11/2005 · Views: 8526 · Filesize: 43.2kb, 191.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 902 ·
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Marc

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Leverkusen, Germany
Posts: 13
1/11/2005 2:09pm

Hi Matt,

excellent work on a nasty case of damaged areas!

The only thing I'd suggest is making the skirt somewhat darker to hide the remaining stains, some of the damage still seems to look through.

best regards
Marc
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
1/11/2005 9:56pm

Wonderful restore Matt! All your tricks and compromises are seemless and very convincing, and I'm very impressed with your pattern work on the drapes, and of course you straightened the wallpaper. The dress is very dark on my monitor (can't see stains there), but there is a slight yellowing on parts of the wallpaper and sweater. Your carpet looks very carpetish.
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Janet Petty

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Registered: January 2004
Location: Mid-South
Posts: 2,164
1/11/2005 10:39pm

I'd say given the amount of information you had to work with that you performed miracles.

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havril
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Registered: March 2003
Location: Haifa Israel
1/12/2005 8:57am

Great job Matt. I dont see using the shadow at the bottom of the chair as a cop out more a sensible decision. BTW which fur plug in did you use?
Harvey
p.s. I am still struggling with it.
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ckc108

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Singapore
Posts: 1
1/12/2005 5:59pm

Matt, impressive as usual. I did try to copy and flip the armrest of the chair but could never get it look as natural as what you did. Fantastic.

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Forget the past. Cherish the present.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/13/2005 12:24am

Thanks for all the comments.

Marc – I should have selected then colored the dress black.
I just dabbed away with the burn tool. A lazy way to color.

Doug – I didn’t completely remove slight stains in this photo.
In my previous retouch of an old color photo “Wedding Cake” I liked the look of it with some of the caste still in it. Tried the same here.

Thanks for mentioning the carpet. I am really proud of it.
OK, I know you wouldn’t put it in your dog’s kennel.
But so long as it doesn’t look out of place I’m happy.

Janet – It was more reconstruction than restoration on the damaged area.
Just hope I got it to blend naturally with the undamaged top area

Havril - I used the fur filter in Eye Candy 3.1 on the carpet.
It’s an old set of filters available for free on some sites.

ckc108 – That chair? Is a nightmare to restore.
I tried putting some ornate legs on it. That didn’t work.
I would love to know what the bottom of the chair really looked like.
I think you would have to spend hours searching antique furniture
books to find one like it.

Matt
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Xaran
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Registered: October 2003
Location: East Sussex, England
Posts: 534
1/24/2005 5:46am

Great work Matt, The chair looks very real. I think your right not to overdo it.

Christine
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somtim
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Registered: January 2005
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
1/24/2005 1:45pm

Great feet placement, and good job on the whites on her sweater. I am currently working on this one and have gotten some perspective of how I want it to look from your work. (or at least what is possible)
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/25/2005 4:43am

Christine – Thanks for the comments. I hope you try this one.
You are really good at this type of color re-touch.

Somtim -
I looked hard but couldn’t find a photo of a violinist in a similar pose.
I remember the graceful position of body and feet when they play.
Wish I had found another photo to give me some pointers.

Matt
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
1/28/2005 8:01am

This is excellent work. Everything is so clean and crisp in your restoration.
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ajcutler

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Registered: August 2003
Location: Potomac, Maryland
Posts: 77
1/28/2005 1:41pm

Great job Matt!, in fact the best compliment I can give is that this photo looks extremely natural, without looking restored (but I know you put in a lot of time and effort to achieve that look). The drapes and carpet are as good as it gets.

The only little thing I noticed was that the shoes seemed to be in a crevice in the carpet.


Alan
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/29/2005 1:17am

Lorraine - Thanks for the comments.
I was happy with my restoration. But I like yours the most.

Alan - You are right of course.
I didn't pay enough attention to the shoe area.
Tried my hardest to avoid a retouched look anywhere in the photo.

Matt
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vijayan

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Trivandrum, India
Posts: 73
1/30/2005 11:43pm

Mat, what else I can say after seing all this...simply changing equations..

"Mat Restoration Roberts"

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Thanks,

Vijayan
vijayan@nova-concepts.com
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/31/2005 6:28am

Vijayan - good to hear from you again.
Gee! there has been some absolutally outstanding work
coming from the members on this challenge.

Matt
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
2/24/2005 2:57am

Excellent result Matt once again, this looks like a tough one.

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Pauline
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