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Little Girl in Blue
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Registered: October 2007
Posts: 30
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I have working on Photoshop for less than a year now. I love colorizing but certainly need to learn more about restoration. I had a bit of trouble with the lips and didn’t notice the dark area until I was well into coloring and was unsuccessful to correct it, so I just moved on. This is the first challenge I have participated in.

Opened image and checked out channels. Discarded all but red channel. This made the document a grayscale.
Ran levels and Neat Image
Cropped image
Did the nudge technique with a lighten and darken layers to get rid of
the majority of the dark and light spots
Copied layer and did spot healing and cloning
Selected stain on face, feathered edge and moved to a new layer and applied a curves
adjustment layer just to that layer and did blending ( I don’t know if I needed to move the selection to a new layer or if I could have accomplished it without the move.)
Addressed photo texture with a surface blur layer followed by a gaussian blur layer
with a mask to bring out details in face
Added height to the canvas
Selected part of the headband and duplicated it and placed it at the top
of the head, warp transform to fit and added a curve layer to that section of the headband to get it to blend in.
Cloned background extension
Stamped visible, opened a new document in Lab mode and moved image
into new document
Used Ed's coloring technique to color image, which requires lab mode.

· Date: 3/15/2008 · Views: 4481 · Filesize: 21.2kb, 55.7kb · Dimensions: 566 x 800 ·
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Northeast Missouri
Posts: 6
3/16/2008 10:53pm

Nice job.
You could go in and still fix that black spot on her lip, I had to do the same thing; it took a couple of layers, cloning, smudge, blur and coloring.
You a very good job in retaining the natural strokes of her hair.
Coloring in many modes are possible, I've experimented with RGB, LAB and CMYK. I myself generally will do it in RGB or CMYK.

Jeff Guay
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