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Lorraine



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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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The biggest challenge for me was to maintain her facial structure, especially her mouth, and to imagine and recreate the missing side of nose.

Since this was such a big job, I decided to crop the photo to focus on her face.

Duplicated background and used Neat Image to blur entire photo.
Duplicated that layer for a working copy.
Used clone tool, healing brush, copy and paste to restore skin.
Photo began looking very flat. Created a skin texture from a good photo. Used hue/saturation to match skin colors and lowered the opacity of that layer to 20% just to pick up some of the skin pores. Merged with working copy.

Kept losing definition in the facial contours and her original look. So I copied and pasted sections from the original blurred layer keeping those layer opacities low and changing blending modes to bring details back in.

Work extensively on eyes to recreate pupils and eyelashes and eyebrows.

Cloned hair from photo and then blended that with hair taken from a good photo.

I didn’t spend too much time on the dress – just cloned, copied and pasted the pattern.
By the way, I had a very similar dress. Green and orange were very "in" back then.

Also, tried even out skin tones and colors of face and neck by painting color on color blend and overlay mode layers.

Merged all layers and did a final sharpening of eye and nose areas.
· Date: 5/26/2006 · Views: 9643 · Filesize: 31.6kb, 95.9kb · Dimensions: 631 x 800 ·
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ninety9
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Registered: May 2006
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1
5/26/2006 9:28am

nice work lorraine, I really like the texture in the hair and I think you did a pretty good job of smoothing out the skin too, i would jst even out the tones a lil bit with a clone brush on about 20% opacity, otherwise looking good
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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/26/2006 4:20pm

ninety9,

Thanks for your comments and the tip. Normally I use between 70-86% opacity in cloning.

I'll try out your suggestion. I feel that I could spend another week on this and still not get it to look the way I perceive it.

Lorraine
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
5/27/2006 2:13am

Lorraine - It must be ESP.
I had a strong feeling you were working on this.

I think it was a good idea to close crop.
Your eyes are now drawn to the good work on her face.
I like the way you have pulled the eyelashes.
Eyebrows, eyes, nose and mouth look perfectly restored.
And the slight tonal variation in the neck and chest
gives a more natural look to her long neck.

Matt

Lorraine – I need your advice.
Does the new hairstyle I gave this lady look a little too modern?
I couldn’t find a lady with long black hair in an old photo.
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Lorraine

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Location: Flemington, NJ
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5/27/2006 5:54am

Hi Matt,

Yeah, I was hoping you were going to do this and when I went to upload mine, there you were. LOL!!!!

Thanks so much for your comments on my entry.

I've posted my thoughts about your revision to her hair in your thread. Not that I'm an expert -- I'm just old enough to have been there and can remember what I looked like

Lorraine
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
5/27/2006 8:55pm

Lorraine - Pasting a 2005 fashion models hair into this old color photo
wasn't one of my smarter ideas.
I submitted after midnight.
When I looked at it with fresh eyes in the morning I knew it
just didn't look right.

Thanks Again
Matt
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happyheart
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Royal Palm Beach, FL
Posts: 7
5/28/2006 9:44pm

I really like your restoration. I think you did an excellent job of keeping the features true to the original. I also like the way you cropped the photo so the concentration is on her face. The dress is unimportant and a lot of work to restore.

When a photo is this damaged, is there any way to prevent that smooth, slick look that comes when you have to do so much cloning, patching, healing, etc. I tried adding in noise, but that seems to look like a bad case of acne!

Excellent job and a REALLY tuff one!

Betty

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Lorraine

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Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
5/29/2006 7:14am

Hi happyheart and welcome to RetouchPRO.

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my version. I'm happy that you agree with my decision to crop the photo and just concentrate on the important features.

About skin repair when there is really no skin, I'm as stumped as you are. I clone, copy and paste, but still end up with the photo looking very painted. In this one, I was lucky enough to find a high resolution photo of a model and my skin transplants from that worked out fairly well. That not always the case, though I'm still searching for the answer to realistic skin restoration.

BTW, I've looked at your restoration of Great Grandma Boone, and you've done a really nice job on that. Just a suggestion -- you might want to upload it to its correct challenge (#66).

Thanks again,

Lorraine
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happyheart
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Location: Royal Palm Beach, FL
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5/30/2006 8:11pm

Oops! I must have been looking at your restoration and then gone back to uploading my GGBoone photo! Thanks for catching that, and thank you for the good words.

I decided to give this one a try after seeing yours, Matt's, and other submissions. Right now I have a very blotchy mess! I'm not sure if I want to start over or what! It's really tough when there's no good area to work from. I think I'm going to give a try at creating some hair brushes, and/or skin texture stamps and see what I can do with those.

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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
10/9/2006 12:50pm

Hi Lorraine. Very nice restore with your usual high quality and attention to detail. I think her 'look' is a little different because of the shape of the face (slightly rounded cheeks) and maybe a bit too much tooth definition. Great eyes, nose and lips. Also the crop works well.
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Just Jodi

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Registered: September 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 4
10/9/2008 12:25pm

Great job Lorraine. I started this one and gave up. Maybe after I study the other posts more I'll learn something and try again. Can you imagine how much we'd have to charge customers for this type of restoration? If you don't mind my asking, about how long did you work on this?
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Bravetenebrous
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Registered: November 2012
11/28/2012 8:36pm

Very nice.
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