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Tom Willis
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Tom Willis


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Registered: June 2002
Location: Wakefield, Quebec, Canada
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Using PhotoImpact Version 5.

I did not find that great white expanse very inspiring but the owner of the photo did so I decided to give it a try.

De-saturated then applied Tone Map settings of Hilight: -15, Mid: +25 and Shadow -25 which gave the photo better tone and helped emphasize the flaws.

Working on the face and hands: Clone tool fixed the forehead and Dodging and Burning repaired the cheeks (a real pixel party). To de-emphasize the too-prominent texture in the skin, the face (not lips, eyes, nostrils) and hands were Selected, converted to an Object (layer) to which I applied a Gaussian blur (of 5). To this blur I added Varied Noise (to match the grain in the rest of the photo) at level 15 then changed the transparency of the object to 60%. This object was then merged (flattened?) with the base image.

Working on the gown: The smudges were Dodged away. There is a "hot" spot in the upper left quadrant of the gown which I filled in by Burning in some new folds. The existing folds were emphasized a little by Dodging the highlights and Burning the shadows a bit. This gave the gown more depth. Remove Scratches tool took away the easier stuff then more Clone, Dodge and Burn for the remaining. I strained the Sharpen tool to get the detail in the lace.

I selected the whole gown and applied the same technique as to the face to de-emphasize the unwanted blotches.

The remainder of the image was cleaned up some then sharpened (including the baby's eyes). A touch of sepia for warmth and "authenticity" and then a click of contrast for presence.
· Date: 8/15/2002 · Views: 7951 · Filesize: 38.7kb, 168.9kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1315 ·
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Ed_L

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Registered: August 2001
Location: northwest Indiana, about 45 minutes from Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,824
8/15/2002 10:09pm

What can I say? Superb!

Ed

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cinderella
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Registered: July 2002
Posts: 154
8/16/2002 10:23am

This is very nice. I will be trying your techniques and hope I can get close to your results. The photo looks great. Thanks for working on my photo. JoyceR
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Doug Nelson

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Registered: August 2001
Posts: 7,068
8/19/2002 6:32pm

Excellent repair job. Good sense of subtlety. The dress seems a bit redder than the rest of the image, and perhaps a bit dark.

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DJ Dubovsky

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Registered: August 2001
Location: Upper Penninsula of Michigan
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8/20/2002 9:43pm

Excellent job Tom.
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Kristin
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Registered: June 2002
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4
8/23/2002 9:16pm

very, very nice job... if I was the owner of this original photo I would be extremely pleased.

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