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Lorraine



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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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Using Photoshop, began with level, hue/saturation and brightness/contrast adjustments to even out tones of original photo.

Cropped photo to eliminate cabinet and window.

Cloned, copied/pasted, smudged, dodged and burned good areas over bad to repair damage in the wallpaper, drapes and girl's face and clothing.

Flipped the restored left side of the chair horizontal. Used deformation tools to create right side. Selected a rectangular section of the stripe in the wallpaper and created fabric to cover chair from that. Used deformation tools on the pattern to cover chair and create the cushion. Created the final details in the chair upholstery with the smudge, dodge and burn tools. Also selected specific areas and copied them to multiply and dodge layers repositioning those layers to create more texture and definition.

Found a "50s" era skirt photo on the internet and used that for the new skirt --transforming, smudging, dodging and burning that to blend into the photo.

Floor and carpet were also created from swatches of wood and carpeting photos. Again deformation tools were used to place them into photo. Level, hue/saturation and color balance adjustments also were used to blend those portions.

After giving up on finding any decent photos of shoes to use, I took several digital photos of my own feet in loafers and used the one that best matched the original photo. Color balance, level and hue/saturation adjustments were made to that layer to blend the feet into the photo.

Highlights and shadows were created by using different multiply blend mode layers set to low opacities. Colors were airbrushed onto those layers and erased as needed to create the shading.

· Date: 1/28/2005 · Views: 11316 · Filesize: 38.1kb, 156.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1080 ·
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somtim
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Registered: January 2005
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
1/28/2005 8:13pm

Very clean Lorraine. I like how the side cushions become part of the sides and cut into the wooded sides. That is probably likely how it was as I have seen chairs like that. Could you go into a little more detail on your shading technique? I like the effect and versatility much better than the multiple drop shadows I rely on. I make a selection, duplicate a pull a different drop shadow on each layer but am limited to what the drop shadow can do. I have yet to figure out how to, if possible, erase on a drop shadow or change its color. Good work!
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
1/29/2005 12:40am

This is the best color restoration I’ve seen in a long time Lorraine.
Outstanding work in every area.

I like the violinist’s graceful pose despite the child climbing over her chair.
Best of all she is not looking directly at the camera and mugging.

The chair is absolutely outstanding.
In the original she appeared to be sitting high in a low seat.
Adding legs and defining the seat has given a more natural look.
I’m sure you were an upholsterer in a previous life.

Nice ankles Lorraine!
No shoes peeping from under the skirt for you.

Matt
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somtim
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Registered: January 2005
Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
1/29/2005 3:05am

Thats it! The chair legs! i couldn't for the life of me figure out what besides the legs and hard work made this one special. Good move Lorraine.
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Lorraine

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1/29/2005 4:21am

Thank you so much somtim and Matt!!!

Trying to restore the bottom of the photo was very difficult. I kept making her look like Thumbelina, until I realized that the chair was too low.

Yep, Matt, I have done some upholstery work.
LOL about the ankles, but don't forget, I retouched them also

Somtim, the shadowing technique is one I learned from Katrin Eismann's book "Photoshop Restoration & Retouching." You just add low opacity "multiply" layers above or below the areas you want to create shadows and highlights. Paint/airbrush with black (or a dark color) on those layers until the shading looks right. I've rarely been successful using the Photoshop drop shadow effect.

Another shadow technique that I learned from a class in Paint Shop Pro is to cut out the subject you want to shadow and copy it to its own layer. Duplicate that copy. Use a hue/saturation adjustment on the duplicate to make the subject completely black. Then add a gaussian blur to it. Position the layer under the original subject and move the shadow and also adjust the layer opacity to your liking. I hope this helps.
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somtim
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Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
1/29/2005 3:13pm

It does, thanks. I have much to learn and am working some areas way too hard. It is soooo nice to get the inside scoop on these things from people who know. Restoration is so subtle compared to what I have used Photoshop on in the past. Contrast, blurs, and heavy shadows work well for video, not so much for print or monitor display.
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vijayan

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

Lorraine, Congratulations...Good restoration and clorisation.. As Mat and somtim said are very seriously observed points... I do appreciate..and happy to here that you follow Katrin Eismann's book..

Thanks

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Thanks,

Vijayan
vijayan@nova-concepts.com
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Anonymous
1/31/2005 4:11am

Wow!
You inspired me to take a whack at one, now look at the time!
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Lorraine

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Location: Flemington, NJ
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1/31/2005 10:23am

Thank you vijayan and Anonymous.

vijayan, I try to use as many learning tools as I can since photo restoration is so difficult. I've taken a few online classes. I use Eismann's book, and some of the many tutorials on the site. It's a great help and time saver to learn from the experts.
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sukku
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Registered: December 2004
Location: India, Bangalore
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1/29/2006 12:52pm

Lorraine This restoration is awesome ... I downloaded this one a few months ago... tried umpteen times to get the chair right and never did...Damn ur chair looks so good it looks like its going to pop out of the picture any moment i just love it

...and Thank you for ur comment on my Thesaurus Rex album cover
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Cupcake

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Registered: November 2006
Location: USA
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11/8/2006 11:59am

Excellent Lorraine

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Lorraine

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Location: Flemington, NJ
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11/14/2006 6:13am

Thank you, Cupcake (and sukku).

Lorraine
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7/20/2009 7:09pm

EXQUISITE!
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MichiganRob
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Registered: September 2009
Location: Michigan
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8/19/2010 9:19pm

I was about to tackle this challenge myself but after seeing yours, What would be the point. It is masterful.
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