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New Life in Old Photo
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Northeast Missouri
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Layers.... Layers.... Layers

I started with duplicating the background layer 2 times.

First Layer I changed the adjustment mode to LAB color and adjusted the individual channels until I found a spot that less of the yellow spots.
I switched back to RGB.

I then ran Neat Image on the layer, setting it to concentrate on the facial flesh tones only, (didn't worry about the hair.

I went to the other duplicated image and repeated the LAB settings and moved back to RGB.
I then filtered this layer as well with Neat Image using lower settings than that of the top layer (face). Just enough to eliminate the majority of the noise without blurring out too much of the hair.

Next I created a layer mask of the top layer to hide all. I proceeded to brush in only the facial tones keeping away from the eyes and mouth.

Once completed with the two layers I merged the two together and adjusted the curves to give the merged layers a little more contrast.

Next the fun part coloring. I worked on the facial tones using blend modes: color, multiply and soft light to achieve the blend I thought was suitable for Sue. Continue to color the hair, eyes and dress.

Next I used several layers using the blending mode multiply to give the face some dimension, the Noise removal had taken most of this away. to find the areas of her face that had shadow and shadow tones I used the original layer (background layer) to trace to. I highlighted all of the above layers and press ctrl-G to group them all together and changed the opacity so that I could see enough of the background layer to trace to. (I also did an auto levels to the background layer to give the layer some pop to see the areas of interest.)

I then created layer after layer in different spots of the face using a dark flesh tone color (darker than the face by 4 shades) and brushed in roughly were the tones should appear. once I did this i used the blur tool and smudge tool to blend the tones into place to make them look as natural as possible.
I did this to the chin, nose, cheeks and neck.

Her ear on your left, the most visible ear was very flat and I had to give it some character so as it wouldn't look like I stuck on a plastic ear. I drew in lines and used the blur and smudge tools to create it as realistic as possible.

I then flattened the image and added on more layer to give her face some flash luminosity, that is what I set the layer to. I set the brush tool down low in the opacity and pressure and strategically placed some white into the face to give it some glow...thats the New Life I gave it.
· Date: 3/10/2008 · Views: 4377 · Filesize: 25.2kb, 165.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1000 ·
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