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Old 05-18-2005, 07:19 PM
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Hi folks, I did a restoration on the photo shown and noticed that there was something missing. I couldn't quite put my finger on it at first and then I figured out what it was. Her dress has no shadows or creases or folds. The photo original was really faded and had no outlines that I could follow, so I didn't use them. Shadows and the dodge tool are two of my problem areas in PS. So if anyone can help me, please do. Thanks.
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Old 05-18-2005, 08:14 PM
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Is this the original, or your restored version (I'm guessing restored)?
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Old 05-18-2005, 09:17 PM
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You're right, this is the restored. Do you want me to post the original?
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Old 05-19-2005, 05:46 AM
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I think it would be a good idea to post the original. It looks like in your restoration you may have blown out the highlights. Or perhaps there were no highlights to begin with.
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Old 05-19-2005, 01:01 PM
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OK, this is the original.
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Old 05-19-2005, 03:01 PM
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Thanks for posting the original. Obviously you aren't to blame for the highlight problem since they aren't there as far as I can tell. The only option it seems to me is to draw in some folds to her dress and perhaps add texture. Its art.

Well good luck. I did work with it some and I wish I were an artist.
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Old 05-19-2005, 07:23 PM
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I hope this doesn't seem like "20 questions"
I'm a bit surprised that the original image is blue, as it appears the original was sepia, or b&w.
I'm thinking there may abe a way to get more information in the scanning step.
Can you tell us a bit about the original, such as the size, paper, color, etc?
Also, what settings are you using to scan this?
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Old 05-19-2005, 07:31 PM
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Hey Philbach! This is good, but not quite what I was talking about. The shadows and folds need to be just a bit more suttle. They are all in the right places, but you, like me, need to have a bit more artistic edge to it. To "spread" the lines and highlight them so they will look more like folds. Have you ever been in a predicament where you knew what you wanted, but just couldn't make your hand do what your brain was showing you? Thanks for the effort, you're great!!
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Old 05-19-2005, 07:39 PM
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Hey Vikki, well, I scanned the picture which is about 1x1 1/2 (very small) at 300dpi. It was on what seems to be plain white paper, very old because it had discolored. It was probably a copy someone had made a long time ago because you can see the texture of the paper that seems to be the original. It is originally blue like the one you see here. I resized it to 4x6 when I got it into PS.
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:02 PM
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I restored a photo from 1944 that was on a "blue" paper. Almost like blue print paper. Ms Bay's print, by the dress and hair style, would appear older than 1944.

Has anyone else worked with or seen any prints on a blue paper stock.

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