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Loverly



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Registered: August 2005
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Posts: 109
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I spent a LOT of time on this photo since I wanted a good practice photo.
This was my first official restoration and so I spent all the time I wanted on it to see what cold be done with it. My goal was to keep it looking like a real person as much as possible.

I did a million things to this photo today, but I'll try to sum it all up.

I did filter/noise/dust and scratches. Turned up the radius until the photo was blurry and turned up the threshold until there was a bit of grain. Then I selected the history brush and the history window. I took a pic of this with the history snap shot. After that I selected the original layer in the history window and started working on the millions of spots. I selected darken and lighten for my brush when needed.

I had to create a few different masked layers for the hair to put some of the grain back in and to have some for the back of her hair.

After that it is all a blur but I know I worked on every inch of her face with the healing brush and clone brush. I added with the air brush as needed.

I used the smudge tool a bit and then I ended up making a layer with a Gaussian blur to help some parts of the really bad noise.

I did a face smoothing.

Cleaned up the background.

Added more hair to the top and increased the mat size.

Used the channel mixer to make it black and white.

Ran a denoise on her and sharpened her up.

Took me most of the day so all I know is that I learned it takes a whole heck of a lot of time to restore photos! Felt like painting by numbers! lol

Loverly

P.S. I was wondering if I might use this as an example for my new web site?

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cerebrum
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Registered: August 2005
8/30/2005 3:49am

This is a great restore. I can only hope mine will be on par with yours once I'm done.
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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8/30/2005 5:26am

This is excellent work. Your dedication and time spent really show through.

Also, Thank you for your very detailed description.

Lorraine
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Loverly

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Posts: 109
8/30/2005 9:05am

Thanks Lorraine and Cerebrum!
This was a lovely piece to work on and I enjoyed the challenge very much! My poor right hand is hurting today from all the roller ball time! lol
I can't say that restoration is my absolute favorite thing to do but is was a nice change from work I have been concentrating on.

Hugs,
Loverly
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RKAA
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Registered: June 2005
8/30/2005 3:03pm

Very nice work. A roller ball! You certainly have the patience for this.

R.K.
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Loverly

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
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8/30/2005 5:07pm

Thank you RKAA!
Yes a roller ball. hee hee Not sure if I am patient or crazy. lol I have been saving up for my first Wacom tablet and can't wait to get one!

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Shalford
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Solihull - United Kingdom
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8/31/2005 12:16pm

Patience of a saint I'd say.
Brilliant work, superb description as well.

Well done.

Steve

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Loverly

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Posts: 109
8/31/2005 1:48pm

Thanks Shalford!
I'm thinking it isn't really patience as much as it is my built in visual obsession . My 10 year old boy get's frustrated with me because when we are out I don't read signs but I sure can tell you the shape and color of it! Good thing I have kids that can read!

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
9/1/2005 7:45am

This looks great Loverly,
I like the way you have done the outer edges of the hair.
Beautiful smooth skin tones and I like your background.
All the hard work sure shows in this restoration.
Got a wacom but am too dumb to use it.

Matt
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Loverly

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Registered: August 2005
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Posts: 109
9/1/2005 8:10am

Hey Matt,
Many Thanks! It is so nice to have some good feedback on my very first restoration! For the background all I did was keep clonning the original so it looked like that since I didn't want to extract her and loose the hair texture.
I have to buy a Wacom tablet soon to do some the illustrations on a kids book about my daughter so we will see how that thing works. First I have to make some money to buy it so maybe I can make some money on a restoration to pay for it!

Hugs!
Loverly
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michaelasamples
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Registered: March 2009
Location: Royalton, Illinois USA
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7/8/2010 2:04pm

You did a really good job, especially her right shoulder. It is a shame you lost the detail over the left shoulder. Good work!
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