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Santa Claus did come to town!
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What a picture. Could have been shot by my father. No boring thoughts about composition and things. Even Mr and Mrs Invisible is there. But it´s straight off reality, right on, Larry and santa.
I cleaned out the big scratch with mostly dodge and burn. Others by dust and scratches filter and by blur and painting through layer masks. When done the picture looked even more dull and narrow in the greytones. Almost only mid greys. So I burned the lines and ran unsharp mask in adjustment layers painted the lines. To get some contrast. Then, for every part I painted solid color layers. Duplicated as new layer and started as with a new challenge. The image was still "midgreyish" but exposure adjustment layer made it pop a bit, gamma and exposure levels. Skin tones are difficult, I tryed with filter texture grain - clumped, and texturizer to get more of realism in faces. But most of it said bye bye when saving for web and devices. I tryed sharpen but it turned out bad until I sharpened only midtones, that was the best I could get. Also I sharpend by painting with the clone stamp tool in the edges. And. What the... are the boys eating? I let it be red, maybe it´s Santas red hot sweets. A new named Cristmas candy for some smart guy to pick up and promote! Worked on the colors too long, don´t feel like I got anywhere but I tryed. A difficult one but funny as almost all challenges.
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