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Old 05-05-2005, 02:39 AM
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Just a quick simple tip for people trying this for the time.
1/ Open the image and duplicate the layer.
2/ Erase everything below the big crack (including the black area in the crack)
You will now have a top half only that you can move to line up with the bottom half of the picture. If you look at the shoulder of the girl on the left, you can see the step in the line of her arm. Use that as a reference point and line the two sections up. This will give you a good base to work from
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Old 05-05-2005, 03:12 AM
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Chris, that's very nice and generous of you, to point out the "misalignment".
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Old 05-05-2005, 03:49 AM
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I noticed that some people had submitted pics with the step in alinement still in the picture. This was just a quick tip to get people started on a good base image . People may have noticed it, but not known how to fix it, and these contests are a learning process. If someone uses that tip and wins, good luck to them . They will have used it, and done a good job
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Old 05-05-2005, 04:19 AM
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Thank you chrishoggy. That's very nice of you to point out the misalignment. I've been working on the photo and did notice it, but never thought of trying to realign the lower half.

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Old 05-05-2005, 04:44 AM
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But is it really necessary here? .... Why not simply enjoy these contests which should be fun for everybody ... where partecipants will do their best, compare notes with the others, and vote, rightly so, according to their taste anyway?
I agreed with you, Flora. I think this must be the spirit of this contest.
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Old 05-05-2005, 04:58 AM
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Note that if you zoom in on the middle child once the 2 halves are lined up, you will see that you have a full left side eye.
Can you use this to rebuild the damaged right eye? the choice is yours
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Old 05-05-2005, 05:35 AM
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I was caught up in the idea of a single picture. It never occurred to me that the picture was torn. Funny what your eyes miss based on preconceived ideas. Thanks for the suggestion, chrishoaggy. That is the spirit and the reason I enter these contests. I love learning more about this fascinating process.
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Old 05-05-2005, 05:42 AM
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The discussion of restoration vis-a-vis reconstruction is quite practical. I remember struggling with this when an organization asked me to "restore" a copy of a group picture from their history files. Two of the faces in the group were so damaged I had no way of knowing what they looked like (I doubt that anyone else on the committee did either). After agonizing over the situation I simply left the damaged area for the faces. That served as a marker that others were in the photo but could not be restored. My decision was based on the possibility that one of the people or a relative might see my reconstruction and be offended. The committee seemed ok with that.
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Old 05-05-2005, 06:06 AM
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But is it really necessary here? ....
No, not at all. I just wanted to raise a point that not all have considered. Judging from the replies in this thread, I think that it was not in vain.

I will try to avoid being boring and pedantic from now on.
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Old 05-05-2005, 07:38 AM
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Forgive the delayed response…

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Originally Posted by Caitlin
A couple of clarifications re. the contest rules...

I presume that the rules proclude hand colouring?

The challenge seems a little problematic in some ways, as with the 800x600 resolution and in monochrome it may be hard to pick between contributions.
This will not be a colorization contest…just restore the image. And judging may be hard, but you may be surprised that even with minor changes to a photo everyone still has very unique styles.

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TPaul,
I noticed in last months contest, only half of the participants actually voted.
If there's a mandatory entry to vote, how about mandatory voting as well.
This is no mandatory requirement to vote. I can only hope in the spirit of the site and learning that all participants will vote as well as comment on the images.
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