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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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Phew, I had a hard time with this restoration.

The Dress – I repaired a little section on the shoulder.
Then I used the Pattern Maker filter to repeat the pattern and fill the dress.
I had to clone to add variation to the pattern

Her skin was still a grainy blotchy mess.
I selected her skin and hit it with Median Filter – 9 radius.
Followed by Add noise to reduce the overly smooth skin.
I used the dodge and burn tools to reduce the flat one toned look.

I had a terrible time with her neck.
Early in my restoration I had her looking like a giraffe.
I did my best reduce the appearance of an elongated neck.

The Hair – In the original her hair was dark black with no fine detail.
And to my eye the hair had an unflattering shape.
So I took her to the hairdresser and had him give her a new hairstyle.
I am taking a liberty deviating from the shape of the original hair.
But I wanted to make her as attractive as possible.
Some restorers can realistically brush fine detail into hair. I cant.
So I had to do a copy a paste job from another lady with long hair.
I spent ages trying to blend and shape the hair. It was hard hard hard.

Matt

Lorraine, I know this one must be tempting for you. Hope you have the time.
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/26/2006 8:14am

Oh my, another dress and hair problem

Great job, Matt. You did a much better job than I did on that dress.

Everything about this was extremely difficult and as always you've risen to the challenge.

Her skin tone looks very good and you recreated the missing face well.
Her arms look very good and the dress looks brand new

Lorraine
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ninety9
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Registered: May 2006
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1
5/26/2006 9:32am

Hey Matt,
this looks great, love the new hair-do
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Squggle
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Registered: January 2006
Location: Ludlow, Shropshire
Posts: 48
5/26/2006 9:39am

Looks great, this one was very hard to do...

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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/27/2006 6:09am

Matt,

About her hair, I don't think it's too modern I think there's just too much of it. When I added new hair to mine, I tried to follow the original hair outline. I think that helps to maintain the original shape.

I took the liberty of taming it, and also straightening out her earring. Here's the link.

http://loris_place.tripod.com/images/revision.jpg

Lorraine
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
5/27/2006 11:02am

Thanks Squggle – I agree with you. This is a very tough restoration.

Ninety9 – Your restoration inspired me to try harder with this one.

Thanks for the help Lorraine,
With that big puffed out hair I had her
looking like Peg from Married with Children.

I took her back to the hairdresser again.
I still have not followed the original outline but have thinned her hair.
Strange thing, her earring is now hanging vertically.

Thanks again,
Matt
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/27/2006 4:32pm

Hi again Matt,

In my opinion the hair and earring look so much better.

What I've experienced is that I can get so caught up the restoration that I can't see reality anymore.

That's when I call my husband to look at my work. He has no idea of art, photography or anything involved with photo restoration -- but he can surely point out what he sees as not too good. I call it "out of the mouths of babes."

Glad to be of help.

Lorraine
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chanchalbd

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Registered: March 2005
Location: Bangladesh
Posts: 10
7/30/2006 2:37pm

Dear Matt, Every time you do something, they're excellent.
Thanks
Chanchal
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
10/9/2006 1:27pm

Hi Matt. A lot of hard work went into this one and I think your 'extras' fit in nicely - the hair looks great (might look better pasted into original outline), the dress pattern looks natural and the blouse looks properly shaded and fitted, and the ears do look like they belong. I can't pin it down but the eyes seem shaped a little different than the original (maybe the lower lids could use more definition) and the lips stand out a bit, but still a wonderful result.
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
10/9/2006 11:29pm

Thanks Doug,
I really appreciate the constructive comments.
I went overboard with the hair.
And compounded my mistake by restoring her facial features
without having the original open next to my restoration.
The result was that I lost her true 'likeness'
I have got to get a 19-inch monitor.
But I’m spending all my money on camera lenses.

Matt
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