Registered: January 2003
Location: Southwest FLorida
Happy New Year to everyone!!!
I could not resist this photograph!!! It was defiantly a challenge!
I am still working on the photograph, but thought that this was an interesting way to present the women in the family.
First it was cleaning up all of the oblivious damage, using mostly the clone tool. Then it was on to working on all of the faces. They all had damage, and a lot of what I did was guess work. The little girl in the middle (yellow dress) was especially difficult. It also seemed that “everyone” had some eye damage, but what was so interesting was that they all were looking in different directions.
I wanted to add color, and this presented its own problems because they all had different hair, and skin tones. The small children being barefoot would have spent their time outside, so I gave them a slight suntan. The older girls looked like they could have been working, so I assumed they spent more time indoors, and a bit lighter.
I use Corel Photo Paint, and work with objects, layering them over the original, then my currant version, varying the transparency, sometimes just a hint of the object to keep as true to the original as possible. I have a large library of photos, and if I don’t have what I need, I look for more. I borrow eyes, hair, hands, etc. from these photos. Since this was a family I tried to give them all some of the same features, like eyes & noses.
I hope I have come close to what they might have looked like.