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lurch



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Registered: July 2006
Location: SoCal
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This one was fun - colorful, festive, and heartwarming. What a charming kid! What I did:

1. Cropped off border and straightened.
2. Cloned in missing areas (on a separate layer) so the white junk wouldn't throw off color balancing.
3. Merged, and ran a levels adjustment layer to balance color.
4. Added another clone layer to finish off cracks and do more cleanup.
5. Merged again, selected the shadow by the boy's chin with feathering, added a hue/sat adjustment layer and increased red saturation to decrease purple haze there.
6. Ran a levels adjustment layer to lighten the midtones a bit.
7. Used another hue/sat adjustment layer to decrease cyan (-50), increase blue ( 25) in the jeans.
8. Cloned texture from Santa's right knee to his left, burned in what I hope looks like some shape (artist I am not!).
9. Did a little cloning and healing brush cleanup on the last merged layer, and

done!

Edit: Took image into Lab, tweaked b channel to reduce yellow cast in jeans (I'm still not happy with the junk there . . .) and sharpened Lightness channel (forgot to sharpen before . . .)
· Date: 12/11/2006 · Views: 4604 · Filesize: 30.6kb, 191.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1052 ·
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
12/12/2006 5:00am

Fine work Carole,
Great job removing the yellow caste.
Chair, Santa and the boy look good to me.

I gave up fighting discolored areas in color photos like this.
I'd select the jeans, de-saturate and use Hue & Sat. etc.
to replicate the original color. It's a fast fix.

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Cassidy
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Registered: September 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,104
12/12/2006 7:20am

Like the kink in the created pant leg

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Lorraine

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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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12/12/2006 8:20am

Very nice work.

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lurch

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Registered: July 2006
Location: SoCal
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12/12/2006 12:29pm

Thank you all. Makes me feel good to get positive comments from folks who are as skilled as you three :d.

Matt - thanks for the tip. It seems like every time I post I learn something neat from you.

Carole

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TaylorOK
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Registered: March 2005
Location: USA
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7/19/2007 5:00pm

Carole,
I wrote a message in December to everyone who worked on this and then realized maybe people wouldn't see it there. Thanks so much for your great work on this and especially for the detailed steps (really helps this novice). This was the best gift ever for my friend.
Thanks,
Taylor
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