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Lorraine



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Registered: September 2001
Location: Flemington, NJ
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Created two luminosity masks: One for the lights (CTRL ALT ~) CTRL J and a second for the darks (CTRL ALT ~ Select Inverse) CTRL J. Merged layers.

Ran Neat Image on the merged luminosity mask layer. Duplicated that layer. Merged original luminosity mask layer with background copy. Set second luminosity mask layer to overlay blend mode and merged that with background copy layer.

This took out a lot of the texture but still left details.

Level adjustments.

Cloned, copied, pasted, transformed, distorted, etc. etc. to remove remaining cracks spots and texture. Also removed hand from behind Santa and woman on right-facing side of photo by cloning, copying, pasting.

Selected Santa’s suit and added a pattern fill weave texture layer to that selection. Adjusted levels and opacity to blend weave texture with photo.

Very light, low opacity high pass filter layer to add dimension.

I had no idea what the two little boys were holding, but I thought they could be popcorn balls. Overlayed a photo of a popcorn ball to bring out more detail.

Lots of work with dodge, burn and smudge tools, brought back some of the original photo in various areas to restore texture that had been lost (especially in the hair.)

That’s about it. Happy Holidays,

Lorraine
· Date: 12/20/2006 · Views: 5530 · Filesize: 32.2kb, 199.5kb · Dimensions: 1067 x 800 ·
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Cassidy
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Location: Australia
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12/20/2006 9:04am

impressive workflow and description there, love the pic, but maybe to my eye a little flat, but maybe a bit of noise would naturalise it a bit for me or maybe it is too 'clean' to look natural. Mind you I have 6 kids so used to chips on the floor

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Lorraine

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Location: Flemington, NJ
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12/20/2006 10:35am

Thanks Cassidy.

I've just redone it a bit incorporating your suggestion regarding noise. Also added auto levels and auto contrast adjustments.

Love your "too clean" comment. I have only a husband, and we always have chips on the floor

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lurch

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Registered: July 2006
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12/20/2006 3:00pm

Marvelous restore, Lorraine (and thank you for the detailed description - lots to learn there). Well worth the wait. And I, too, had kids (now dogs). It may be that retouching after the fact is the only way to keep the floor clean!

Carole

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Lorraine

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12/20/2006 5:54pm

Thanks so much, Carole.

I'm happy that you're learning here, as I have. And there's still so much more for me to learn.

LOL about cleaning the floor. How many times in real life, do I wish I could just click on the undo button.

Best wishes to you in this wonderful Season.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
12/21/2006 12:41am

Wonderful restoration work Lorraine,
Nicely balanced tones. It looks clear and sharp.
I like the way you have done Santa’s beard and face.

Waaah! You didn't lower Mom's shoulder.
I feel out on a limb being the only one fiddling with it.

Good guess on the popcorn.
Cassidy thought it was chips.
I thought it was fairy floss.

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Lorraine

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Location: Flemington, NJ
Posts: 219
12/21/2006 5:48am

Hi Matt,

As always, your comments mean a lot to me.

The raised shoulder does look way out of perspective. I thought about lowering it, but it was much too prominent in the original photo so I decided not to touch it.

Your version looks more natural. I always struggle with the rules of restoration. I did break the rules by removing the papers on the floor, hand and half woman. I didn't think those things were the main focus of the photo.

I believe that changing a restoration in order to enhance it would be the decision of the client. Here we can only try to do what we think is best.

Regarding the mystery food, I have an advantage on guessing popcorn balls. I was around in that time period and remember them as Christmas treats

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