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MargaretM


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Registered: October 2004
Location: Largo, Fl
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I started with the chair – clone tool on the good side, then copied that side to it’s own layer; then flipped and positioned it over the bad side. For the skirt I desaturated the blue area, then painted in the black skirt using color blending mode. I lengthened it to make the shoes easier, then added highlights by painting with low (6%) white on normal blending mode.
Shoes – painted in using color blending with black and added highlights with white.
Face – Using quickmask I selected face, put it on it’s own layer, did a color adjustment, brightened eyes with white painting and slightly saturated lips with sponge. Pretty much the same thing to the hands but no saturation, just brightened the ring a bit with the dodge tool.
The sweater was selected using quick mask and then cloned and patched and a slight Gaussian blur applied.
I then merged all the subject layers, made a copy of the layer, selected from background, inversed and deleted background The whitish wall board in the original was selected put on its own layer and position in two places to separate wall and floor.
Floor – I made a new layer and filled with a wood pattern. Selected and deleted the top part above the boards and filled with a wall color, added texture to wall. Then drew a vertical corner in and added a slight gradient to add shading to the corner. Blurred the corner slightly using the blur tool.
The shadows were made by selecting the figure, putting on own layer and then deleting much of it except the shadow side. Added a gradient to the shadow, positioned and adjusted opacity of the layer.
Added a noise layer at low opacity and said enough already.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/25/2005 11:04pm

Great work Margaret,
It has a fine uncluttered even toned appearance.
The violin tended to get lost in the pattern of the curtain.
Replacing the patterned wallpaper and curtain
draw your eyes straight to the violinist.

Skirt and placement of feet look good.
Not too sure about hitting the sweater with gaussian blur.
The blur seems a little too much compared to her face and chair.
And I think you have included some of original shadow on the right side of her face before you added your shadow.
Really like this one. Hope to see more of your work in upcoming challenges.

Matt
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philbach

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Registered: March 2003
Location: Belgium, Wi
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1/26/2005 5:43am

Very nice Margaret. It certainly is an uncluttered view. She does seem to be alone in the corner which focuses one's attention on the subject The left baseboard is blurred more than the right baseboard. The color and warmth of this reconstruction is very pleasing.

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MargaretM
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1/26/2005 10:28am

Thanks for the comments - agree with both "blur" comments. Sometimes one gets too close to the work and loses that critical eye. That's what you guys are for!
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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1/28/2005 8:06am

Nice, clean cut-out work and great restoration of the details.
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vijayan

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Registered: January 2003
Location: Trivandrum, India
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1/30/2005 11:52pm

Margerate, very good dicision to issolate the image.. I think that simplified mood giving more importance to the total work..

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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
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2/24/2005 2:48am

Good idea getting rid of the curtaining and the cloning of the chair is excellent.

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MargaretM
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2/25/2005 10:19am

Thanks so much - the original background was UGLY!
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