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lurch



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Registered: July 2006
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I almost chickened out on submitting this one because there were such good restorations already posted. Then I thought I should show you all what you had taught me over the last few weeks while I was trying to get a grip on Photoshop. Thanks to everyone for helping me learn. Any constructive criticism is welcome.

First thing I did was crop the image - I'm lazy and that's the easiest way to reduce the work load . Then made a copy of the background layer to work on. Did a color balance adjustment layer to tone down the green cast on his pate. That made stuff too magenta so I painted the adjustment layer's layer mask with black to cover his clothes and 50% gray to tone down his skin except for the green spots.

Tried to find an easy way to reduce the appearance of the water damage, but failed, so I was reduced to cloning it all out, starting with his head. Usual ritual of clone, healing brush, dodge, and burn. Poor man was starting to look pretty plastic, like he'd been dipped in the fountain of youth one too many times. Then I noticed my clone tool didn't seem to be responding right, and discovered that, I know not how, the background copy I was working on had gotten its opacity reduced to about 50%. And lo and behold, the gentleman was back to looking more his age (or what I'd assumed his age to be). The photo had that nice gritty look back. Some of the more prominent streaks were showing through too much again, and needed to be re-cloned out, but it was all in all a happy accident. I left the opacity turned down and merged the layers.

Next step was to separate out the background and put it on its own layer. I duplicated that layer and inverted the image, changing the blending mode to color burn, and turned opacity down to about 40%. That darkened that part nicely and somehow made the water stains seem easier to clone out. Thought about replacing the background, but decided that it was a snapshot and ought to keep looking like a snapshot, so I didn't. In the same vein, didn't do anything with his clothing. There wasn't much left of it showing anyway. Didn't I say I was lazy?

Finished up by merging again, adding a neutral layer set to overlay, and applying a high pass filter to that to sharpen a tad. Then burned the edges with a big soft low-opacity brush.
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solitear

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Registered: February 2004
Location: Houston, TX
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9/1/2006 3:46am

Absolutely beautiful restoration, staying true to the original while replacing the lost info....... and a very nice description, too! So, now you've done it and there can be no excuses for chickening out....... it'll be nice to see more of your work.

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lurch

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Registered: July 2006
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9/1/2006 2:22pm

Thank you, Beth, for your supportive comments. Made me feel very good.

Carole

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
9/3/2006 8:43am

A really good restoration Carol,
Glad you kept the original background.

Wonderful description.
You took us through your thoughts as well as your methods
as you progressed with your restoring.

Matt
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